KHARTOUM, Sept 11 (KUNA) -- Zain-Sudan, an affiliate of Kuwait's Zain Group, said Saturday it donated USD 1.6 million for the Sudanese government to improve the educational sector on all levels.
The funds will be channeled to the reconstruction of 14 high schools, school labs and college classrooms, as well as the distribution of large amounts uniforms and stationery among students, said Zain-Sudan's Corporate Communication Counsel Salih Mohamed Ali Omer.
In statements to KUNA here Omer said: "The company has fully funded the construction of six schools and the reconstruction of classrooms of nine schools this year." "It also distributed 20,000 uniforms and 180,000 notebooks as well as other stationery among more than 61,000 students of 373 schools," he revealed. "Regarding the higher education sector, we have contributed to the rehabilitation of labs and classrooms at the universities of Al-Zaiem Al-Azhari, Al-Jazeera, Al-Gadarif, Dongola, Umm-Dorman and Neelain.
"We have built computer auditoriums and distributed over 1,000 laptops to university students for free," Omer added.
Zain-Sudan (formerly Mobitel) is the pioneer of GSM services in Sudan, being the first to offer mobile operations back in February 1997. Today it serves the largest number of mobile customers in the country with 7.335 million active customers as at 30 September 2009.