Tigo Rwanda on Tuesday rewarded ten science students who achieved the best results in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) at the 2016 national examinations.
Each received a 4G-enabled smartphone and year-long 4G internet connectivity, while the two best boys and girls, who excelled in combinations that included Computer Science, were also given a two-month mentorship programme at Tigo Rwanda.
The support is part of Tigo’s goal to increase digital inclusion among youth and encouraging academic excellence in the sciences under the company’s Jama youth platform, which offers young Rwandans products and services that cater to their needs, lifestyle and aspirations as they graduate from school and join the workforce.
The award ceremony, organized in partnership with the Rwanda Education Board (REB), was attended by the students’ parents as well as officials from the ministries of youth and ICT, and education.
“Tigo wants to celebrate the academic excellence of the ten young Rwandan men and women who, through their hard work and perseverance, excelled in the 2016 national examinations as the best ICT and mathematics students in the country,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Tigo Rwanda, Philip Amoateng.
“As has been highlighted by the Government, Tigo believes that science and technology is the foundation in which Rwanda’s development is based. We have shown our support for this in the past and today’s event is further proof of this support,” he added.
“Last year Tigo supported different youth empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes based on ICT to the tune of over Frw 70 million,” Amoateng said. “This was through our Tigo Digital Changemakers contest, ICT holiday boot camp for school teachers as well as through funding for Klab’s ICT programmes for students. Our support is aimed at increasing both digital literacy and digital inclusion.”
Josephine Nyiranzeyimana, acting Director General for ICT at MYICT, urged students to embrace STEM.
“In the 4th Industrial Revolution that is upon us, technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. The ability that one gets from STEM training will allow you to embrace this new technology. We should not only celebrate the young people here who have excelled in STEM but also Tigo for encouraging young people in STEM,” she remarked.
The guest of honour, the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, thanked Tigo for setting the pace.
“I thank Tigo for its close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, and most especially the Rwanda Education Board,” he said. “In order to be competitive in the global marketplace, Rwandans need to be competitive in STEM. This can only be possible through partnerships between academia, government and the private sector. I laud Tigo for working to encourage STEM and I challenge other organisations to follow Tigo’s lead.”