Nedbank supports Kavango East computer literacy programme

28 July 2021 | Local News

KENYA KAMBOWE

RUNDU

Nedbank Namibia this month sponsored two laptops valued at N$11 000 to support the ministry of information, communication and technology’s basic computer literacy programme in Kavango East.

The ministry’s regional information officer, Shoki Kandjimi, said the programme, which started in March 2020, has attracted over 2 000 applicants from the Kavango East Region seeking to obtain the basic computer literacy certificate.

“MICT Kavango East regional office resolved to seek sponsorship in the form of resources to cater for the demand of the programme,” Kandjimi said.

“Since the office introduced the programme in March 2020, we received an overwhelming response from the Kavango East community and beyond with over 2 000 applications, hence we decided to lobby for assistance from partners to sponsor the office with laptops and computers to meet the overwhelming demand.

“We are grateful for Nedbank Namibia for heeding our call for sponsorship. This sponsorship will now allow the ministry to enrol more students and expose them to the latest technology.

“We would like to thank Nedbank Namibia for its generous sponsorship and we call on the private sector to join us in our journey of making Namibia an ICT smart nation by donating laptops and computers. This will enable the ministry to expand the programme to its other five constituencies.”

About the programme

The ministry introduced the free basic computer literacy programme in line with its strategic plan 2017-2022, which plans to accelerate ICT development, access and use.

According to the National Planning Commission’s 2015 report on poverty and deprivation in Namibia, the two Kavango regions are classified as the poorest regions with a combined 53.2% percent poverty.

The report further indicated that out of the estimated 568 418 poor people in Namibia, 21% are from the two Kavango regions, which have a high unemployment rate.

Kandjimi said it is against this background that the regional office in Kavango East decided to introduce the computer literacy programme with the aim of making students ICT literate.

“When they become ICT literate, participants are able to keep up with the ever-changing digital space and technology,” he said.

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