Launch of Vodafone’s JUMP Youth Programme
On Friday February 10th, Vodafone Uganda officially launched an exciting new chapter for the youth in Uganda, the Vodafone JUMP Youth Programme. The ceremony that was held at the Kampala Serena Hotel accommodated delegates from various institutions, media houses, universities, and ministries.
According to Vodafone Uganda, JUMP is an educational, entertaining, interactive and socially managed platform with the purpose of enhancing E-Learning and providing useful information for the youth for their personal development as well as entertainment through exciting content. Via the JUMP platform, Vodafone Uganda offers an unparalleled premium quality service that not only moves youth from the traditional classroom learning environment to digital virtual learning but also creates the biggest and most integrated movement that is entertaining and is socially managed.
Mr. John Ndego, the CEO of Vodafone Uganda shared with the audience how Vodafone Uganda has been successful in empowering youth through technology. He noted that Vodafone’s initiatives such as the JUMP programme are particularly useful for educated youth who have failed to occupy themselves.
Yemi Lawal, the Youth Director at Vodafone Uganda, explained the wonders of the E-Learning JUMP platform and what it will do for the fresher generation categorizing them under Education, Entrepreneurship, Lifestyle and Self-Empowerment. Lawal shared that the youth today should have no problem improving themselves at the tap of their smart phones.
For his part, the guest of honor, Honorable Frank Tumwebazre, the minister for ICT and National Guidance used the occasion to uncover a monumental, US$ 45 million government grant program aimed at digitizing the country, to be effective in July this year.
To the audience’s delight, the Vice Chancellor of Kampala International University Dr. Mouhamad Mpezamihigo urged the minister to consider KIU in his effort for mass digitalization.
“KIU is the leading private University in Uganda. It’s very vibrant with extensive infrastructure. We would be glad to get involved in the US$ 45 million funding initiative. I believe universities can play a very critical role in innovation, with our academia and our innovative students,” he said.