Binga Secondary

Binga High School, Private Bag 5722, Binga, Zimbabwe
Tel: (015-358)
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Headmaster: Similo Ncube
Teachers i/c ITC: Blessmore Zele Siasweka and Stanford Muchineripi

Objectives/Mission Statement

To offer enhanced education and improved quality of life for the Binga community through access to information and communications via computers and the Internet.

Services Offered

  • Computer use
  • Access to Internet
  • Training courses
  • Printing
  • Typing and design service
  • music recording
  • scanning

Background Information

The Binga community has enjoyed a close working relationship with the Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association (Austria) and Kunzwana Trust (Harare)since 1999.The Tonga.Online project is one of the outcomes of cultural exchange activities over the last ten years. The Binga ITC was established in February 2001, officially opened by the Minister of Information Professor Jonathan Moyo. and enjoys the support and custom of a wide cross section of the Binga community, from teachers and students to fishermen and doctors. Binga ITC are proud to have given Introduction to Computers training to over 400 individuals to date.
Fifteen computers are networked together with a scanner and printer, and access is offered to all people of the community, regardless of race, age, gender, tribal background or religious or political affiliation.

The Binga Studio at the Binga ITC was established with a donation of hardware and software from AZFA and the Austrian jazz group Windhund, who visited in 2002 and generated a lot of attention for the project and rich cultural exchange for all musicians involved, in Victoria Falls, Binga, Siachilaba, Bulawayo and Harare. The aim of the studio is to offer the opportunity for recording and documentation of traditional music styles which are in danger of disappearing, and encouraging young Tonga musicians the opportunity to develop in line with their urban counterparts.

Donors, Partners & Stakeholders

The Austria-Zimbabwe Friendship Association source and procure hardware and software for the project. They also provided funding for the refurbishment of the classroom, electrical fittings, security, installation of computers, networking and training. Kunzwana Trust are the local coordinator on behalf of AZFA.

Partners of the Binga ITC through the Tonga.Online project, are

* World Links for Development - technical support and teachers
* Horizont3000 - technical support
* Arachnid Holdings - installations and networking

Major stakeholders include local authorities, teachers, students, community craftspeople, musicians, traders and fishermen.

Good news from Binga

Hi out there, I project yabuka bwiimbili. I am reaching you from Binga ITC where all 15 computers are networked and connected to the internet. The public is now flowing in. What a success right in the beginning of the progressive year for Binga. Our prayer is that telone manages stabilising the services. Thanks, tweende tubone.
David Mungombe 

Tonga.Online project managed to secure 20 computers for tonga area

--> KICK OFF: the Tonga.Online project has managed to secure 20 computers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to be sent to the Tonga area as soon as logistics will be sorted out. Our Austrian partner NGO VUM is providing for technical back up and the Governor of Upper Austria Province Mr. Pühringer has given financial support for the implementation. Thanks on behalf of the Tonga people!

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Hardware for Binga Internet Center underway!

 The first consignment of 15 computers for the establishment of the first Internet Centre in the Tonga area has arrived in Harare / Zimbabwe last week on its way to Binga Highschool. The donation was made possible by support

-> from the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs (thanks to Mr. Milletich for making 15 "second hand" Pentium PC´s available),

-> from the Government of Upper Austria Province (thanks to Governor Dr. Pühringer for a subsidy of ATS 100.000.-) and

-> from sponsors like Techworld and Silverserver.

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Feed-back from Information Technology Center at Binga High

 "Many thanks to all the stake holders who have made this dream a reality - Twalumba Loko"

 Mr. Ngamo, a teacher at Binga Highschool, wrote this vote of thanks straight onto the website after stating: "I am excited about the recent developments of the establishment of the information technology center at Binga High School in Zimbabwe. I am a teacher at the school and the possibilities that the center brings with it are so many. To start with, there is better access to information. This will improve the teachers' and therefore the pupils' subject content. I believe this scenerio will translate to better results for the pupils in their examinations. The pupils will also be able to compete favorably in the job market with pupils from better developed areas within the country."

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