Ghana’s leading bulk messaging and e-commerce platform, Hubtel, has donated ICT equipment to five schools in the Greater-Accra Region.
The donation is part of the company’s social responsibility commitments.
Hubtel is Ghana’s first tech company to become a member of the globally acclaimed Pledge 1%.
In 2017, the company pledged to give 1% of profits, 1% of products and 1% of paid employee time towards charity.
The items donated to the five schools included laptops, projectors, projector screen stands, speakers, microphones, internet routers and other computer peripherals.
The schools were selected by employees of Hubtel after several visits to understand the challenges the schools face in the teaching and learning of information technology subjects.
The beneficiary schools are St. Paul Primary & Junior High School at Kpehe, Liberty Avenue 2 JHS at Adabraka, Dr. FV Nanka-Bruce Junior High at Korle-Gonno, the Nima Cluster of Schools and the Bethel AME Zion JHS at Ashaiman.
Until the intervention of Hubtel, these schools either had only one PC for teaching and learning ICT or none at all.
Making the donations at St Paul Primary & JHS, CEO of Hubtel, Alex Bram, said Hubtel is committed to making the teaching and learning of ICT fun and memorable.
“We believe school children should not be intimidated by technology - what we are doing is to provide early access to quality computer education for these pupils - we wish to see more school children take computing programs at higher levels because we believe the illiterates of the future will be people who cannot use computers,” he said.
Officials of all the beneficiary school expressed relief and gratitude to Hubtel for the donation.
Assistant Headmaster at the St Paul Primary and JHS, Michael Owusu, told journalists, “it really feels special. For more than three years, we’ve made frantic efforts to acquire these items with little success. Now, our pupils can have a real chance to understand ICT better. This is a moment of pride for us."
Hubtel was founded in May 2005 on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
In its 14 years of operation, the company has carved a reputation as a trusted and admirable tech brand across Africa.
Starting with a bulk SMS messaging platform, the company has evolved into the e-commerce space - offering businesses tools to enhance the customer shopping experience; in-store, online and on mobile.
In becoming a signatory to Pledge 1%, Hubtel joined the ranks of Silicon Valley giants like Salesforce, Yahoo, Box, Glassdoor, DocuSign and other leading companies in over 100 countries.