DELL partners with UNDP to increase computer education in rural Nepal; contributes 40 laptops to schools powered by renewable energy sources

06 Feb 2013

imageUNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda, President of Dell Asia Pacific & Japan Region and Chairman of Dell Global Emerging Markets, Mr. Amit Midha, and Assistant Director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Mr. Ram Prasad Dhital pose for a photo with Mr. Dhurba Raj Adhikari (centre), Headmaster of Shree Mangala Devi Secondary School in Dhading, one of the schools receiving the laptops.

Kathmandu, February 06: DELL, a leading global IT company, today collaborated to provide 40 laptop computers to schools in rural Nepal. The recipient schools are powered by renewable energy sources promoted by UNDP and the Government of Nepal.

President of Dell Asia Pacific & Japan Region and Chairman of Dell Global Emerging Markets, Mr. Amit Midha handed over the laptops to UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda. Ms. Noda, in turn, handed five laptops over to Headmaster of Shree Mangala Devi Secondary School in Dhading, Mr. Dhurba Raj Adhikari, who was present during the handover event. The remaining 35 laptops will be distributed to 7 other schools in Gorkha, Kavre, Darchula, Humla, Panchthar, Bhojpur and Khotang districts.

During the handover ceremony organized at the UN House in Pulchowk, Ms. Noda spoke of the social and economic transformation that access to electricity brings to villages. She also highlighted the importance of electricity for education.

“Whenever I travel to villages that are getting electricity for the first time, it is heartening to see plenty of young children and teenagers excited about having computer classes in their schools.”, she said.

Ms. Noda was optimistic that the contribution from DELL would contribute towards bridging the digital divide that poverty and lack of infrastructure have created, and also hoped that this will inspire more organizations in the private sector to give back to the society.

“Access to communications and computing makes a huge difference in the lives of rural people by increasing their incomes and helping them become global citizens,” DELL’s President for the Asia Pacific Region Mr. Midha said on the occasion.

He said that the green solutions empowering communities in Nepal is something other countries should learn from.

“We at Dell take our social responsibilities quite seriously,” Mr. Midha said.

Mr. Adhikari, headmaster of Shree Mangala Devi Secondary School in Dhading, one of the recipient schools, said that the computers will make a big difference in the lives of his students. “In the past even kerosene was not easily available in our village, but now we have electricity since past three months which is opening up new possibilities for us,” he said.

Assistant Director of the Alternative Energy Promotion Centre, Mr. Ram Prasad Dhital expressed his appreciation for DELL’s contribution.

“Our focus so far has been on increasing energy access, but now time has come for us to link it with education,” Mr. Dhital said.

UNDP has been promoting the use of renewable sources of energy in Nepal since 1996. So far, it has supported the establishment of 380 micro-hydro plants, generating a total of 7.2 Megawatts of power and benefitting more than 77,000 households.The micro-hydro plants have enabled several schools to start computer education, and UNDP has facilitated the schools to access computers from other partner organizations.

Contact Information

Mr. John Narayan Parajuli, Communications Analyst, UNDP, Tel : 00-977-1-5523200 Ext. 1077, Narayan.parajuli@undp.org

Ms. Tapa Dipti Sitaula, Communications Analyst, UNDP, Tel: 00-977-1-5523200 Ext. 1020, tapa.sitaula@undp.org