Tigo awards best science students with smartphones, internships

Tigo Rwanda awarded ten science students from the 2016 National Examinations for achieving the best results in STEM subjects. Each of the students received a 4G-enabled smartphone and year-long 4G internet connectivity. 
This is part of Tigo’s goal to increase digital inclusion among the youth while encouraging academic excellence in the sciences under the ‘JAMA’ youth platform. Furthermore, the two best-performing male and two best-performing female students, who excelled in combinations that included Computer Science have received a two-month mentorship programme within Tigo Rwanda.
JAMA is a Tigo platform that offers young Rwandans products and services that cater to their specific needs, lifestyle and aspirations as they graduate from school and join the workforce.  
The ten students, who studied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects and excelled in the 2016 Senior Six National Examination were Jean Stephane Ndayishimiye, Fabrice Ishimwe, Afsanat Ineza, Celestin Habimana, Kevin Ganza, Yves Iraguha, Jean Stephane Ndayishimiye, Gisele Uwamahoro, Fabrice Mugenzi and Fabrice Ishimwe.  
The award ceremony, which was organized in partnership with Rwanda Education Board (REB), took place at the Kigali Marriot Hotel.  
Speaking to the gathering that included parents and officials from the Ministry of Youth and ICT as well as the Ministry of Education, the Chief Executive Officer of Tigo Rwanda, Philip Amoateng, said; “Tigo wants to celebrate the academic excellence of the ten young Rwandans men and women who, through their hard work and perseverance, excelled in the 2016 national examinations as the best ICT and mathematics students in the country. 
As has been highlighted by the Government, Tigo believes that science and technology is the foundation in which Rwanda’s development is based. We have shown our support for this in the past and today’s event is further proof of this support.   
Last year Tigo supported different youth empowerment and entrepreneurship programmes based on ICT to the tune of over Frw 70 million. This was through our Tigo Digital Changemakers contest, ICT holiday boot camp for school teachers as well as through funding for Klab’s ICT programmes for students. Our support is aimed at increasing both digital literacy and digital inclusion”
Speaking on behalf of the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Josephine Nyiranzeyimana, acting Director General ICT, urged students to embrace STEM. 
“In the 4th Industrial Revolution that is upon us technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. The ability that one gets from STEM training will allow you to embrace this new technology. We should not only celebrate the young people here who have excelled in STEM but also Tigo for encouraging young people in STEM”. 
The Guest of Honor, the State Minister in charge of Primary and Secondary Education, Isaac Munyakazi, thanked Tigo for setting the pace.
“I thank Tigo for its close cooperation with the Ministry of Education, and most especially the Rwanda Education Board. In order to be competitive in the global marketplace, Rwandans need to be competitive in STEM. This can only be possible through partnerships between the academia, government and the private sector. I laud Tigo for working to encourage STEM and I challenge other organisations to follow Tigo’s lead”.
About Tigo Rwanda
Tigo Rwanda is owned by Millicom, a leading telecommunications and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. It provides mobile, mobile financial, cable and satellite services to over 60 million customers in fourteen countries, primarily under the Tigo brand. Tigo has been operating in Africa since 1993, in Rwanda since 2009, and serves over 26 million customers in Africa.