The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change non-profit organization has announced that it worked with the Republic of Rwanda government to provide SpaceX Starlink internet to 50 schools situated in rural communities.
What They’re Saying
“The Tomorrow Partnership’s work with the government of Rwanda is bringing high-speed internet connectivity to schools. Connecting the first cohort of 50 schools in the 500-school pilot was an exciting moment,” said the organization. “The Rwandan government is relentless in its drive to meet its National Strategy for Transformation target of connecting every school to the internet.”
“We are glad to have partners that have really embraced and bought into the vision of Rwanda positioning itself to be a proof of concept hub for entrepreneurs and innovators, to build and scale their digital solutions,” stated Paula Ingabire, the Rwanda Minister of Information, Communications Technology (ICT) and Innovation.
By The Numbers
Rwanda’s internet penetration stood at 26.3% of the total population at the start of 2022. Starlink will help the country expand access to the internet in areas where terrestrial internet infrastructures are difficult and too expensive to install.
What Happens Next
Rwanda’s ICT Ministry says it plans to fully connect 500 schools in the long term. The government also aims to connect underprivileged communities in underserved areas across the country.