New Partnership for Africa's Development E-School Program

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The New Partnership for Africa's Development E-School Programme run by NEPAD aims to provide computers and internet access to all schools in Africa within 10 years, and also to set up health points to tie in with Nepad's E-Health program.

The project was launched in 2003 at the African Economic Summit in Durban. The aim is to cover all high schools within 5 years of the start of implementation and all primary schools within 10 years, a total of some 600,000 schools.

In June, 2005, at the World Economic Forum Africa Summit in Cape Town, it was announced that the first school to benefit from the program would be Bugulumbya Secondary School in the village of Busobya, Uganda. A consortium of companies led by Hewlett Packard is to equip the school in collaboration with the Ugandan government.

A demonstration project involving various private companies is planned to take place over 12-18 months in 16 countries including: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.

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