The Zimbabwe government has opened an official community information centre (CIC) at Sadza Growth Point. This comes as a major game changer for the community , who can now get connected like their urban counterparts.
Information, Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services Minister Jenfan Muswere said the rural folks deserve better connections just like people in the urban areas.
“While it is critical for those in urban areas to be connected, mobile broadband is equally critical for rural underserved and unserved communities to leverage economic, health and educational opportunities,” he said.
“Community information centres bridge this gap by providing rural communities with a multi-sectoral digital environment which criss-crosses with agriculture, health, commerce and industry, mining, and even social issues that impact on families, especially peri-urban and rural families,” continued Muswere.
Already, about 146 CICs have been successfully established in the country having 114 of them operational. Mashonaland East province currently has 12 established CICs, with nine of them already in use.
“I am sure you will understand why we did not hesitate to establish a community information centre here as ICTs accelerate progress towards every single SDG and, in particular towards SDG 9 of promoting inclusivity and fostering innovation,” said Potraz director-general Gift Machengete.
The opening of the Sadza CIC will benefit many youths through e-learning. The whole community at large will exploit the benefits of fully utilising ICTs in a bid to bridge the digital gap.