ICDL Africa visited a new smart village project in Rwanda recently. The smart village project, which aims to help transform rural communities, is deployed using containers equipped with computing equipment and powered by solar energy. The smart village is the first of its type in Rwanda and will be used to provide digital literacy training using the ICDL Digital Citizen programme, to over 300 citizens in the district of Tumba, Rwanda.
The objective of this project is to transform rural communities by offering digital literacy training, online government services, digital financial literacy, digital health check-ups and other more related electronic records.
The initiative started on September 29th, 2017 as a pilot in one of the districts in Rwanda in partnership with the telecommunications company, Airtel-TIGO, and Solektra. Airtel-Tigo provides the free public Wi-Fi and training on the use of digital devices. Solektra provides a solar powered smart classroom fully equipped with eight computers, a projector, a medical clinic, solar-powered public lights and digital literacy training.
Solektra is a subsidiary of Africa Development Solutions (ADS) and started the Akon Lighting Africa initiative. ICDL Africa will provide the Digital Citizen module in Kinyarwanda to the 300 villagers and this project is proposed to start on 1 June 2018.