CRAN donates computer equipment to MEAC

Martin Endjala

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) has reinforced its commitment to promoting universal access to information and digital services by donating seven computers valued at N$200,000 to the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture (MEAC).

The CRAN donation of information and digital service will be valid for 24 months.

These resources will benefit two identified libraries in the Khomas Region, namely the National Training Authority (NTA) library in Khomasdal and the library at the Councillor’s Office in Khomasdal North.

According to CRAN’s Chief Executive Officer Emilia Nghikembua, the initiative underscores CRAN’s dedication to fostering digital inclusion and economic empowerment for all Namibian citizens.

As part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiatives, she said CRAN is spearheading the establishment of tech hubs and e-villages in collaboration with the government.

Emphasising that these community centres will serve as vital hubs for bridging the digital divide, expanding universal access, and fostering innovation and youth engagement in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) nationwide.

She highlighted the provision of essential technology resources through this project, which aims to empower individuals and communities to maximise their potential.

She added that Tech-Hubs and e-Villages offer collaborative spaces where people can access computers, the internet, and other technology resources, thereby promoting digital literacy, innovation, and socio-economic development.

“The Authority hopes to make a meaningful contribution to the development of our country and the well-being of our people, not just through licensing and regulating the provision of telecommunication services, but also through ensuring that communities benefit from these services.

We believe that access to technology is a basic human right and that everyone should have the opportunity to learn, connect and succeed in the digital age,” said Nghikembua.

Moreover, she reiterated that CRAN remains steadfast in its mandate to facilitate the growth and accessibility of the ICT sector in Namibia, ensuring that all citizens have access to high-quality products and affordable rates.

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, Faustina Caley, stated that in a rapidly evolving digital age, schools, libraries and communities must be equipped with the tools they need to thrive in the 21st century.

Thereby acknowledging that the donation of computers and internet services by CRAN will not only bridge the digital divide but also empower students and educators to unlock their full potential and reach new heights of achievement.

CRAN’s mandate and strategic goal of expanding coverage for ICT includes improved performance and service delivery through various efforts, one of which is digitalisation, and to promote infrastructure development as a catalyst for economic growth, social progression, and a contributor to global competitiveness and investment attraction.

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