Vodacom pledges free Internet to school
To encourage learning among pupils in its intervention programme, technology firm, Vodacom, has pledged free Internet to the pupils of Saint Peter & Saint Paul School, managed by Loving Gaze, a non-profit organisation, Ikate Elegushi area of Lagos.
Speaking at the donation of a fully-equipped library to the school, Managing Director for Vodacom Business Nigeria, Lanre Kolade, said: “In addition to the library, we vouch to grant free Internet to the school in 2017. We had to introduce the library first because it was the cogent need. The donation includes various books, furniture and multi-media equipment to promote a reading culture among the pupils from primary school. It will also help to prepare them for secondary and tertiary education by enabling them to learn about the world outside their school and their immediate environment.’’
According to him, the library donation is part of Vodacom Business Nigeria’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to give schools, especially those in underserved areas, access to the same facilities available to students in major cities or developed schools.
Kolade added that their doors are open to schools craving for new technologies that will enhance learning and prepare students for the evolving world. He encouraged the students to use the library to learn about other countries, cultures, music and science.
In acknowledgement, General Manager of Loving Gaze, Barbara Pepoli, said: ‘the library would be used to improve the reading proficiency of their pupils.’’
She also appealed to other corporate bodies to donate to charitable organisations in communities where they operate and for parents to encourage their children and wards to broaden their horizons by reading.