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MTN Uganda & Makerere University in talks to make e-learning resources zero-rated

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage across the world and distort programs, countries seem to get wiser, and institutions seem to get smarter too in a bid to mitigate the damage caused by the crisis. MTN Uganda and Makerere University are in talks to announce a development for students to access e-learning material as we continue to stay home.

In an online meeting held today between the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University; Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, and the Chief Executive Officer of MTN Uganda; Wim Vanhelleputte, the two discussed opportunities for collaboration with the main focus on creating a way for students and staff to access the University’s e-learning resources at zero rates.

Makerere University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barnabas disclosed in a tweet that the meeting between him and the MTN CEO was successful and solely aimed at making e-learning resources widely available and accessed for free on the network’s portals. This discussion comes at a time when universities continue to be closed as a preventive measure for the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

As a concerted effort towards the fight against the pandemic, MTN Uganda recently announced free access to select educational websites to enable parents to home-school their children despite the list not having Ugandan university websites like Africell’s announcement did.

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