SpaceX Offers Satellite Service In Rwanda Schools
A satellite service offered by SpaceX will be tested in 500 Rwanda schools following its launch on February 22nd, according to the country’s ICT Ministry.
A satellite service offered by SpaceX will be tested in 500 Rwanda schools following its launch on February 22nd, according to the country’s ICT Ministry. The project is a component of a larger effort to bring high-speed internet to underserved regions of the nation.
It’s anticipated that students and teachers in Rwanda will have access to educational resources and digital tools thanks to the service provided by satellite-based internet that billionaire Elon Musk’s high-speed satellite internet project will soon be able to offer.
The program is anticipated to start in February. In particular, for a school like this without dependable internet access, this will have a significant impact on enhancing education. However, one issue we continue to have is a dearth of digital devices for our students. At this school, there are 1405 students, but only 136 devices. Isaac Ruganza, according to head teacher EP Kimihurura.
A network of low Earth orbit satellites is used by the satellite internet service Starlink to deliver high-speed internet access to places with little to no connectivity.
The service has the potential to bring dependable, fast internet to remote and rural locations, making it an important tool for enhancing access to economic opportunities, healthcare, and education in underserved areas. It’s difficult to connect to the internet where I live, so having access to the internet at school would be beneficial. I could use that to my academic advantage.
There are currently 6,756 schools in the nation, including primary, secondary, and TVET institutions. About 3,000 schools are among them. After the Starlink Internet goes live, the Rwandan government wants to see a decrease in these figures.
Through the development and coordination of national information technology, communication, and innovation policies and programs as well as citizen empowerment, the Ministry of Information, Communication Technology, and Innovation seeks to address the country’s top priorities for economic growth and poverty reduction.