MTN Foundation: A Digital World for the René Graffin Institute in Cameroon

The MTN Foundation in Cameroon officially inaugurated the multimedia center installed at the René Graffin Institute located in Nkolbisson, Yaoundé-Cameroon, on Tuesday 30 April 2013. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Pr. Ebénezer Njoh Mouelle, MTN Foundation Board member who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Mr. Jean-Melvin Akam, and MTN Cameroon Regional Director for the Centre, South and East, Mr. Leon Ottou.

Created within the framework of its « Community Connectivity » program, this multimedia center offers the 600 students and over 50 staff of this educational facility, as well as those of neighbouring schools, training in basic computer science and access to computers and the internet for education and research, thus bridging the digital divide and opening them to a world of opportunities.

In her welcome speech, the reverend Principal Sister Brigitte Marie Anaba, lauded the initiative of the Foundation for choosing her school as beneficiary of this modern multimedia centre equipped with 20 new computers and internet access for which the beneficiaries shall receive computer training for 9 months funded by the MTN Foundation. She equally reassured the latter on the appropriate and sustainable use of the facility which shall contribute to enhance teachings and the training of students of the technical and general fields. 

The representative of the Ministry of Secondary Education at the ceremony, Mr. Mebara of the Regional Delegation, encouraged the  students of this institution to appropriately use the donation. He remarked that, internet is often used for indecent purposes but equally indicated that this same tool is a gold mine to increase knowledge.   

The René Graffin Institute’s multimedia centre is the sixth created in with the technical support of the African Institute of Computer Science (IAI-Cameroon), and 33rd of the 38 centers already installed by the MTN Foundation in the country since the launch of the School Connectivity Program in 2005. Till date, 60,000 students and 4,000 teachers have benefitted from multimedia centres created by the MTN Foundation, 70% of which are in rural zones.

Commenting on the donation of the multimedia centre to the René Graffin Institute, MTN Foundation Trustee Professor Ebénézer Njoh Mouelle insisted on the good use of the multimedia centre, “especially to increase of knowledge of the learners which must be felt with regard to the world of opportunities which internet access represents”. He equally recommended the creation of a mechanism to ensure sustainability of the multimedia centre.   

As MTN seeks to lead the delivery of a bold new, digital world to its customers, the MTN Foundation will contribute in making the lives of our communities a whole lot brighter by carrying out projects that will change schools, equip teachers and empower learners.

The MTN Foundation at the service of communities.

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