A consortium led by AMD launched their Personal Internet Computing (PIC) device on Friday in schools in Uganda in accordance with the groupâ€™s 50X15 Initiative, which plans to bring Internet access to 50 percent of the world's population by 2015.
AMD is cooperating with the Ugandan government, the New Partnership for Africa's Development and 13 additional organizations to make the initiative a success. The Program is aimed at equipping all African schools with ICT tools, in an effort to ensure African youth graduate with the skills necessary to fully participate in the information society and knowledge economy.
â€œIt is imperative that we continue to provide our students and teachers with Internet access and computing capabilities to enhance their educational experiences here in Uganda,â€ said Minister of Education Namirembe Bitamazire, said in the statement.
The initiative is meant empower Ugandans with the benefits available from access to the digital world. Currently, less than 1 percent of Ugandaâ€™s population is connected to the internet.
â€œA fundamental goal of AMD's 50x15 initiative is to ensure that technology in the classroom becomes as pervasive and ordinary as pencil and paper for students in Uganda and around the world,â€ Gustavo Arenas, corporate VP of high-growth markets at AMD, said in a statement.