UNESCO donates computer equipment to the University of Guinea-Bissau

12 May 2015

UNESCO’s Regional Director for Guinea-Bissau and Senegal announced Monday in Bissau a computer equipment donation programme to Amilcar Cabral University in Guinea-Bissau worth 350 million CFA francs (about US$595,000).

Therese Ndong-Jatta said the end of an audience with the Guinea-Bissau Minister for Education that this project, which will begin within three months, includes the eight member countries of the West Africa Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), of which Guinea-Bissau is part.

“We have already bought 250 laptops that will enable students to learn to use information and communication technologies and to navigate the virtual world,” said Ndong-Jatta, who clarified that the plan was not to create virtual universities but rather to interconnect the different universities in the region via the Internet .

UNESCO’s Regional Director stressed that this project was intended to support the use of new information and communication technologies within universities in order to improve the quality of education and promote the modernisation of universities in UEMOA countries. (macauhub/GW)