The ICT Ministry of Rwanda says that 500 schools in the country will test a SpaceX satellite service after its launch on February 22.
The project is part of a larger plan to bring high-speed internet to parts of the country that don’t have it.
It’s anticipated that students and teachers in Rwanda will have access to educational resources and digital tools thanks to the satellite-based internet that billionaire Elon Musk’s high-speed satellite internet project will soon be able to offer. This February is when the program is anticipated to start.
This will significantly improve education, especially for a school like this that lacks dependable internet access.
We still have a problem with not having enough digital devices for all of our students, as this school has 1405 students but only 136 devices. Isaac Ruganza, according to EP Kimihurura, the principal.
Starlink is a satellite internet service that offers high-speed internet access to places with little to no connectivity using a network of low Earth orbit satellites.
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.