HP has announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Egypt and the e-Africa Commission, paving the way for the launch of the third NEPAD e-School in the Northern African region.
The objective of the NEPAD e-schools initiative is to supply African schools with an educational technology solution including computer hardware, software, Internet connectivity, technical support and teacher training. Six schools were selected by the Egyptian Government to participate in the demonstration project, of which, three of the schools were allocated to HP. The three schools allocated to the HP Consortium are, El Moqta Secondery Mixed School in Daqahleya, Omaer Ibn Abd El Aziz (Mixed School)-, Elsalaa Secondery School in Sohag and Elhadin Secondery School in El Beheira.The NEPAD e-Schools Project was first publicly announced at the 2003 Africa Economic Summit in Durban, South Africa.
The scope of the project focuses on providing an end-to-end education solution that will utilise Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to connect schools to the NEPAD e-Schools network and the Internet. In addition to connectivity, solutions will provide content and learning material, as well as establish health points at schools in support of the NEPAD e-Health Programme. The strategy is to turn all African high schools and primary schools into NEPAD e-Schools within ten years of implementation. Upon completion of the project, more than 6,00,000 schools across the continent will enjoy the benefits of ICT and connectivity to the NEPAD e-School network and the Internet.