The Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Vodafone Business Unit donated 200 brand new laptops to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to support the university’s new blended teaching and learning approach.

The assistance was part of philanthropic commitments designed to kick-off Vodafone Foundation’s new staff volunteering campaign ‘Kindred Month’ scheduled for the month of February. The support outreach to KNUST further underscored Vodafone Ghana‘s dedication to the development of science and technology in Ghana through innovative interventions and partnerships that bolster government’s national digitization agenda.

In remarks made at the giving event in Kumasi, Director of Vodafone Business Ms. Tawa Bolarin said the donation of laptops sought to democratize access to critical learning tools in an increasingly digital world by empowering students to achieve excellence. Ms. Bolarin said the assistance became imperative considering that the COVID-19 pandemic had made it necessary for academic institutions to rethink and restructure their approach to teaching and learning, with emphasis on virtual classroom sessions that are powered by digital platforms.

“The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the fore the reality that in this era, technology has now become an inextricable part of our daily existence and a critical facilitator of progress and success across all sectors and disciplines including education. In embracing this new normal, however, it is absolutely imperative that we ensure equity of access to the basic digital tools and enablers that will ensure that nobody is left out in the quest for pursuing progress and excellence.

Tawa Bolarin, Director, Vodafone Business Ghana

Head of Vodafone Ghana Foundation Rev. Amaris Nana A. Perbi remarked that Foundation remained steadfast and consistent in working towards its goal of digitally connecting communities and leaving no one behind. Rev. Perbi said Vodafone Ghana Foundation was driving the CSR agenda of Vodafone Ghana and would remain committed to dedicating resources to support communities and create avenues to address key socio-economic concerns of the communities in which Vodafone Ghana operated:

Under ‘Digital Education’, the [Vodafone] Foundation has sustainable and innovative projects, which students can take advantage of. These programmes include Instant Schools, National Coding Programme and ICT Hubs”.

Rev. Amaris Nana A. Perbi, Head, Vodafone Ghana Foundation

Vice Chancellor of KNUST Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson received the package of laptops and expressed gratitude to Vodafone Ghana Foundation and Vodafone Business for the kind gesture. Prof. Dickson described the support as timely, having come in at a time the university had made bold decisions to blend physical class sessions with virtual ones in order to address the continued threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said the “magnanimous donation” would enable students without access to computers to participate fully in KNUST’s increasingly virtual class sessions. Prof. Dickson commended Vodafone Ghana for its committed partnership in supporting the training of the next generation of Ghana’s leaders:

Vodafone [Ghana] has over the years proven to be the ideal partner in this pursuit; from your provision of an optimized fibre network accessible to all students, specially designed student data bundle offers to facilitate teaching and learning

Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice Chancellor of KNUST