Vodacom, Huawei, the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched their e-Libraries programme in South Africa.

The move is aimed at helping advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain,

The programme is an educational content application, which is freely available on Huawei tablets at the 61 Vodacom Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resource centres that are situated across the country.

400 Huawei sponsored tablets have been loaded with an exciting collection of e-book content and includes genres of African literature, history, business/entrepreneurship and fiction.

The collection, which is available in all eleven languages is made accessible by publishing partners Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter, FunDza and is complemented with content from the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Shameel Joosub, the Vodacom Group Chief Executive Office said their aim is to use technology to help make a difference in the communities where customers live.

“Through this initiative, Vodacom seeks to enable learners and community members to read e-books at the centres for free.”

You Jiangtao, the Huawei Vice President of East and Southern Africa Region said Huawei has been continuously partnering with Vodacom to provide ubiquitous telecom network services to build a better connected world.

“We share much appreciation to our valued partners for the collaborated efforts to improve educational platforms in South Africa. At Huawei we strive to bridge the digital divide and hope the beneficiaries will capitalise on this opportunity,” he added.

The initiative forms part of Vodacom’s broader teacher development initiative, the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme.