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Rwanda, Microsoft partner for nationwide smart classrooms by Dec. 2017

The Rwandan government and Microsoft have concluded plans to embark on a nationwide smart classrooms deployment by December 2017, reports ITRealms.

The Regional Education Industry Manager for West, East, Central Africa and Indian Ocean Islands, at Microsoft, Warren La Fleur told TheNew Times in Kigali that the first batch of smart classrooms will be ready by the end of the current fiscal year.

The report also added that Rwandan schools are expected to start using smart classrooms by the end of this year as a result of a partnership agreement signed three years ago between the Government of Rwanda and Microsoft on digitization of the country’s education sector.

ITRealms further gathered that the smart classrooms are expected to offer students access to computers and basic software in addition to internet access towards digitization of teaching and learning.

“I would say that before the end of the current financial year you will have smart classrooms in Rwanda where this new way of teaching with digital identity will certainly be in place,” Wareen said.

According to the Education Minister, Dr Musafiri Papias Malimba, recently, students in all schools are expected to have access to the internet by 2020, as currently, only 531 schools in Rwanda out of the 3,500 are connected.

Rwanda is touted as one of the fastest growing countries in Africa.

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