What we did
MTN foundations and CSI investments
Our strategic intention is to drive the use of technology to enable access to education, with the goal of promoting and enabling digital teaching and learning. We funded initiatives that ensured the establishment of 53 multi-media centres, called Digital Schools or the School Connectivity project, in seven countries. This programme aims to provide students, at schools or institutions of higher learning, with computer and internet access through the installation of computer equipment and the provision of connectivity. The nature of the multimedia projects varied, depending on the needs of the areas in which we supported implementation. For instance, in Cameroon, we built 15 multimedia centres in secondary schools and universities across the country, aimed at offering support to at least 15 000 students. In South Africa, we ensured connectivity to meet the needs of nine schools educating close to 15 330 special needs learners.
Digital education was also facilitated in other formats. In South Africa, we worked with the Department of Basic Education to facilitate the development of content for information technology textbooks, which will be made available in print and interactive digital format. To support educators in incorporating digital solutions into their teaching methods and to enhance existing teaching methods, ICT training was provided for teachers in at least four of the countries in which we operate. Over 1 700 teachers benefitted from our investments. Provision of educational scholarships to support disadvantaged students is one of the most common ways in which MTN supports the youth in communities to fulfil the education requirements.
We maintained our support for access to healthcare, enterprise development and support for areas of national priority. Through the Y’ello Hospital project in the Ivory Coast, we have ensured the provision of vaccination rooms, and medical and computer equipment to seven community health centres. An electronic health solution which provides real-time health data and enables a digital medical filing system will benefit more 20 000 beneficiaries. The SMS Printer for Life project in Cameroon, in partnership with the Clinton Health Access Initiative, uses SMS printers to reduce the turnaround time for the return of early infant diagnosis HIV laboratory results. Through this initiative, 11 838 laboratory results have been delivered and 633 new-born babies who had tested positive were enrolled in the program. Health campaigns in Nigeria ensure that basic medical services are made available to rural areas. There was also a focus in supporting hospitals nationally: 24 facilities received hospital beds, equipment and newly renovated maternity wards following our support for maternal health. In Ghana, we commissioned an ultra-modern 40-bed maternity block in the Tema General Hospital.
Given the importance of emerging enterprises in the markets in which we operate, we supported programmes that provided entrepreneurial skills for SMMEs. This ranged from business and entrepreneurship support and the provision of micro-loans and equipment to specific education programmes aimed at improving entrepreneurial skills and business management knowledge. In South Africa, through our support for the Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship start-up programme, a university-based partnership on entrepreneurial skills development and an SMME ICT skills development programme, over 25 000 learners are estimated to have benefitted from our support for entrepreneur education. In Nigeria, we trained 100 entrepreneurs who face additional challenges due to their disabilities, ensuring they have access to opportunities for socio-economic inclusion.
The national priorities in each of the countries in which we operate vary, and we are keen to support such requirements. We provided aid during times of natural disasters, resource shortages and migrant population movements. Following the Adi Bududa landslides in Uganda, MTN donated school shoes and clothes to 1 000 children. In Afghanistan, the returnee support project assisted 500 people that had returned from neighbouring Pakistan. To solve water scarcity in West Darfur, we provided water facilities for about 450 homes, ensuring 2 250 people had access to drinking water. Given the food crisis in Yemen, our food aid support programme ensured over 20 000 people were able to overcome lack of food and adequate nutrition.