President Robert Mugabe last week commissioned yet another Community Information Centre (CIC) in Gweru bringing the total number operational CICs to 82.
Officiating at the event, President Mugabe said CIC’s were part of government’s efforts to connect the marginalised populace to the communication superhighway.
By Pearson Mbendera
“We bring to each province, a new concept. a new concept. It’s easier for the teachers to prepare their lessons,” said President Mugabe.
The event was graced by the Vice Presidents, the Minister of ICT Supa Mandiwanzira and other senior political and business dignitaries. He was accompanied by the first lady Dr Grace Mugabe.
Some of the districts and provinces which have benefited from the CICs include Manicaland, Matabeleland, Mashonaland West among a host of others.
President Mugabe also noted how education has revolved over time and how people are moving from hard copies of books to softcopies that can be accessed using computers.
But computer literacy still remains a big issue in the country as most young people belong to the poor and marginalised rural communities which do not have access to internet.
“It’s not all our people who know how to google. It’s not all our people who can use a computer.
“I want every student to have his or her own laptop.”
Even though the CIC rollout program appears to be a recent initiative, President Mugabe has been involved in giving computers to many schools over the years through a government driven computerisation program, helping them bridge the gap of information technology.
Meanwhile, ICT minister Supa Mandiwanzira said government targets to have completed not less that160 CICs across the country targeted by end of year