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Different stakeholders donated 106 computers to government schools in Gantsi today during the commemoration of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Gantsi.

The computers came together with Wireless Network of 10mb courtesy of Botswana Fibre Network (BOFINET).

Speaking to The Voice at Gantsi Show grounds where multitudes had gathered to commemorate the day, BOCRA’s s spokesperson Aron Nyelesi said that there has been growth over the years.

He gave examples of stakeholders who have increased in numbers. “When we started commemoration of this day in 1998 it was telecommunication providers only and now we have seen an increase with companies such as Botswana Innovation Hub coming on board.”

He said that the growth is not only with stakeholders but beneficiaries too.”We go to rural areas where there is no ICT to spread the awareness level among the people.”

The day was Commemorated under the theme ‘ICT: Drivers of Innovation’ and Nyelesi said that his organisation had identified young girls within the village whom they taught the use of technology.

He however said that ad BOCRA they have not done comprehensive evaluation in their past projects but will keep soon make a follow up.

Nyelesi added that they are in talks with Botswana National Youth Council to give all Kitsong Centres around the country to Youth to run them.

He added that most of the centres had closed down due to either poor business or lack of proper management.

Meanwhile Vice President Mokgweetsi Masisi asked people to familiarise themselves with modern technology to improve their lives.

He said that nowadays there is no how one can ignore technology. ‘You have to open Facebook Accounts and twitter and chat with your families and friends at low price.”

A fan of the social media himself, Masisi told the gathering that he had a Facebook account too which he uses to interact with people.

The commemoration marks the establishment of the ITU with the objective to raise awareness of the benefits of ICTs in bridging the digital divide.

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