Sierra WiFi, an internet service provider operating in the country, has commenced a project to provide internet service to schools across the country for the next 25 years.
Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Anthony Melhem, said schools in the Western Area - including the Prince of Wales, Government Model, Freetown Secondary School for Girls, Vine Memorial, Government Rokel and the Annie Walsh Memorial School, among others - have benefited from what he described as "an innovative project".
He disclosed that a total of 250,000 computers will also be distributed to the schools, adding that the project was made possible through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The computers they will be distributing to schools, he said, were provided by Socfin and an organization called Close The Gap.
"We are ready to serve the people of Sierra Leone. We are a provider of world class data service and WiFi connectivity. Our presence in the country is because of the landing of the Fiber Optic," he stated. "It is our firm belief that the computers that we will provide will create a conducive atmosphere for pupils to learn."
Melhem maintained that the company is determined and committed to ensuring that the services they will be offering create an impact in the lives of Sierra Leoneans. He said their aim is to ensure that everybody in the country has access to Sierra WiFi service as they will be covering the entire country.
The company's Director of Communications, Ishmael Bull, disclosed that they have lined up some events after the official launch [of the project] by President Ernest Bai Koroma.
"We will ensure everyone has access to information around the country. Our project for schools will serve as a store for books and information, and also enhancing e-learning," he said.