MTN Ghana, as part of its Y’ello Hope package to support the government’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, is providing free Internet connectivity to over 100 educational sites for private and public school students across the country, according to News Ghana.
The package which seeks to promote e-learning will enable students and teachers to log on to over 100 educational sites to access information for free.
Over 15 tertiary institutions have access to 62 websites whilst Senior High Schools and basic schools are benefiting from about 38 sites. In all, this package supports a total of over 245,134 customers, consuming over 3,493 GB data per day for educational purposes.
Some of the universities benefiting include:
- University of Ghana
- Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
- Graduate Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
- University for Development Studies
- University for Professional Studies
- University of Education Winneba
- Accra Technical University
- University of Energy and Natural Resources
To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Ghana closed down Universities, Senior High Schools and basic schools from 16 March 2020 until further notice.
The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication was tasked to roll out distance learning programmes.
In the bid to support efforts being taken, MTN offered to support by providing free educational online sites to facilitate e-learning whilst students are home.
“Our customers are very important to us and even more so in these difficult times,” says the CMO of MTN Ghana, Noel Kojo-Ganson.
“We must show our customers that we care about their wellbeing. We believe the zero-rating of over 100 educational online sites will be a great relief to our customers and their children and other dependents. MTN will continue to explore other opportunities to make life a whole lot brighter even in these difficult times.”
In addition to the educational sites, MTN has also zero-rated the websites of some government agencies to enable customers to read and access information on COVID-19 free of charge. Some of the zero-rated websites are the website of Ghana Health Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Communications and Ministry of Education.
As part of the company’s Y’ello Care Package to support efforts to fight COVID-19, the MTN Ghana Foundation has donated $860 thousand (GHS 5-million) to go to the procurement of medical supplies including personal protective equipment (PPE), PCR Testing Equipment and other essentials to support frontline medical staff.
MTN Ghana has already started several communications through various channels such as SMS, social media, etc. to provide customers with updates on the coronavirus. Personal hygiene tips on how to manage the virus have also been shared.
The telecom has also deployed a series of safety tips as caller tunes for both prepaid and post-paid customers.
Edited by Luis Monzon
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