British Telecom (BT) has launched a three-year global government partnership with UNICEF, which will also include $3 million into bringing education technology and communications skills to children from South Africa, Brazil and China.
In the first year, the BT and UNICEF partnership will reach over 18,000 children in some of the most economically deprived communities in South Africa. Firstly, the project will focus on rural and semi-rural areas to enhance the quality of basic education for all of the children in the programme. Addition, the company will install 250 computers and also renovate schools and build additional classrooms. BT is expecting to provide students with practical ICT skills, which will assist them for future. In second project, LifeLines India, brings information to people in remote rural areas of India, using the power of digitally engineered information. Additionally, the BT and St Crispin's ICT Training Centre in Pune, within a residential home and school for 675 underprivileged children, provides a state-of-the-art lab with computers, audio visual teaching aids and classroom for teaching theory.