China and the Ugandan government on Friday last week launched a USD$12 million (roughly UGX44.6 billion) satellite television (TV) project in the central Ugandan district of Wakiso to benefit over 500 villages. The launch was attended by the First Lady & Minister of Education and Sports; Hon. Janet Museveni, Minister of ICT and National Guidance; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, and the Chinese ambassador to Uganda; Zheng Zhuqiang, to mention a few.
The First Lady pointed out that the initiative would be critical in digital learning.
“This is a project that has several benefits, it will support education and encourage digital learning in rural schools by providing learning aids in form of projectors and televisions. These will be utilized to implement lessons plans and demonstrative education through videos and pictures,” she said.
The project is funded by the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund. The fund was announced back in 2015 by the President of the Republic of China; Xi Jinping to promote South-South cooperation and help developing countries implement the goals set by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Zheng noted that the Satellite TV Reception Project is the second aid project implemented by the Chinese government in Uganda using the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund
One of the beneficiaries of the satellite television project, Denis Benjamin Kisakye, told Xinhua News Agency that the initiative by China and Uganda will enable him to know more about other parts of the world.
Chinese multinational media company; StarTimes has been contracted to implement the project. Satellite television equipment will be installed in homes and village halls.