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MTN Uganda launches computer lab for Gulu High School

MTN Uganda, in a strategic collaboration with Sense International Uganda, a non-governmental organization, has officially launched an assistive
technology computer lab at Gulu High School. This groundbreaking initiative is set to benefit over 700
learners including 45 with visual impairment by providing them with digitised learning materials and
specialised technological tools.
The project is a key component of the Digital Access for Inclusion initiative spearheaded by the MTN
Foundation, the philanthropic arm of MTN Uganda, aimed at fostering educational, employment, and
entrepreneurial opportunities for the youth of Uganda.
This support follows the successful launch of similar projects at Salaama School for the Blind in
Mukono District, Ngora School for the Deaf in Ngora District, Masaka School for the Deaf in Masaka
District and Hornby High School in Kabale District.
“Today, we stand united in our belief in the power of digital technology to bridge gaps, to bring about
inclusivity, and to uplift lives across our diverse society,” said Phillip Odoi, the business manager for
Northern and Western Nile region at MTN Uganda.
“In the face of Uganda's dynamic digital evolution, where a vibrant youth dominates our population
and the demand for digital literacy is more urgent than ever, integrating digital skills into our
educational fabric is critical.”
Odoi was speaking during the computer lab opening at Gulu High School on Thursday. Data from the
World Bank shows that 16% of Ugandan children have disabilities including blindness.
This latest endeavour aligns with MTN Uganda's Ambition 2025 vision, which is focusing on
leveraging digital innovation to drive progress and empowerment across Africa.
The initiative also underlines MTN’s commitment to integrating digital literacy and skills into the
educational sector, particularly for those with special needs, thereby affirming the company’s motto:
"Together, We're Unstoppable."
Nobert Tommy Ocen, the headmaster of Gulu High School, praised MTN Uganda and its partners for
their contribution of an ICT facility to the school.

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He called on stakeholders, including political leaders, parents, students, and the education
department, to take responsibility for maintaining and ensuring the accountability of the new ICT
center.
“Let's make the most of this opportunity,” he said.
Gulu High School students, including Rebecca Aromorach, expressed their gratitude towards MTN
Uganda for the ICT center donation. “This initiative will empower us with digitized resources and
specialized tools for enhanced education,” she said.
The Digital Access for Inclusion program, with an investment of Shs 800 million, is part of MTN
Uganda’s broader efforts to leverage technology for societal development.
MTN Uganda has been at the forefront of supporting ICT in education, having established over 42 ICT
labs in educational institutions nationwide, including six technical institutes such as Amelo Technical
Institute in Adjumani District, St. Simon Peter’s Vocational Training Centre in Hoima District, and St.
Daniel Comboni Polytechnic in Moroto District.