A TOTAL of five schools in Rushinga, Mashonaland Central yesterday received 50 state-of-the-art laptops from the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) meant to boost e-learning in rural areas.
Among the five schools that benefited were Chomutukutu Primary and Secondary schools, Gwangwava High School, Magaranhewe Secondary School and Maswaire Primary with each school getting 10 laptops.
Potraz has taken the government's e-learning drive to rural schools across the country as Information Communication Technology (ICT) is now being globally used to promote national development as the world is fast becoming an information society.
Speaking during the hand-over ceremony, Potraz director-general Gift Machengete said ICTs are key enablers across all aspects of life as they usher people into the Fourth Industrial Revolution where everything will be ICT driven.
Information Communications Technology (lCT) minister Jenfan Muswere applauded Potraz for its zeal in promoting e-learning in remote areas and encouraged the Rushinga community to engage more in ICTs.
"We appreciate the move by Potraz to reach out to communities and encouraging the uptake of new technologies," Muswere said.
"We even encourage older people to learn how to use these new technologies so that they are not left behind." First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa also expressed appreciation for the work conducted by Potraz in reaching out to the community.
"I applaud Potraz for reaching out even to the most remote areas of the country and ploughing back to society," she said.
"It is really commendable to see arms of government taking time to come out of their offices and reaching out to communities."
She also called upon Potraz to increase network base stations in the province to improve network challenges. Potraz also partnered with Angel of Hope Foundation to donate food items like mealie- meal, cooking oil, sugar, and soap to benefit 500 families in Rushinga.
The first lady also took the opportunity to donate 1 000 pads to 500 pupils and baby preparation items to 30 pregnant women.
Presenting the items, the first lady condemned child marriages and domestic violence that is rife in Mashonaland, adding that the province tops the list in child marriages.