NEPAD launches e-schools in Uganda

KAMPALA, Jul 4, 2005 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Uganda's Bugulumbya Secondary School in Busobya village, Kamuli district in central part of the country is to be launched this month as the first New Partnership of Africa's Development (NEPAD) e-School in the east African country.

NEPAD is an African development initiative that targets an annual investment of 64 billion US dollars to achieve a 7 percent economic growth per year and reduce the rate of poverty in Africa by half by 2015.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed at weekend between the Ugandan government and the e-Africa Commission and another company, HP, according to local press on Monday.

The pact signed by Minister of State for Economic Development Isaac Musumba, NEPAD e-Africa Commission and HP, covers the launch of three NEPAD e-Schools in Uganda, including Bugulumbya Secondary School.

HP is a global technology solution provider.

The scope of the NEPAD e-Schools project focuses on providing an end-to-end education solution that will utilize information and communication technology to connect schools to the NEPAD e-Schools network and the Internet.

"Solutions will provide content and learning material as well as establish health points at schools in support of the NEPAD e- Health Program," an official from the NEPAD was quoted as saying.