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Huawei wins acclaim for accelerating digital education in Ethiopia

Xinhua | Updated: 2023-04-09 07:04

People attend the Huawei Ethiopia forum, organized in collaboration with Addis Ababa University, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, May 9, 2022. [Photo/Xinhua]

ADDIS ABABA -- Chinese tech giant Huawei has won acclaim for its role in accelerating digital education in Ethiopia.

This came at an education-themed summit that was organized by Huawei Ethiopia on Friday in Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, under the theme "Accelerate the Digital Education Journey for Ethiopia."

Zelalem Assefa, head of ICT and digital education at the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, said during the occasion that the East African country is developing a digital education strategy to make education more accessible and engaging through digital technology.

He said Huawei has been a key partner of the Ethiopian Ministry of Education in the digital transformation of the education sector in the country. "Huawei's expertise in ICT solutions has helped us develop innovative solutions that have transformed the way we teach and learn."

"Huawei's decision to open an ICT Academy in our higher education institution has helped us cultivate many ICT professionals, enabling our students to communicate with and learn from experts in other industries around the world," the official said.

Huawei's annual flagship summit for the regional education industry brought together industry elites, experts, and related industry partners to discuss digital transformation and ICT development trends in education.

During the summit, experts, academia as well as heads of major Ethiopian universities discussed challenges and opportunities for promoting technology adoption in the education sector, while addressing different perspectives about digital education, such as improving school management effectiveness.

Liu Jifan, chief executive officer of Huawei Ethiopia, said Huawei is cooperating with customers in many industries, including the education industry in Ethiopia, so as to promote the digital sector in the country.

Different presentations related to education have been delivered during the summit. Among them was a survey of Debre Tabor University's data center, which was built and completed using Huawei Technologies products.

Anegaregn Gashaw, president of Debre Tabor University, highlighted that the project shows the attention that Huawei has given to education centers.

The Chinese tech giant has several annual projects to promote Ethiopia's education system, such as the ICT competition, seeds for the future, women in tech, and the recently announced project Digi Truck.

The company, by utilizing ICT technologies, supports the country in developing talents, reducing gaps in learning, and facilitating digital education revolution.

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