Through Mascom Kitsong Center initiative, Mascom has made a commitment to contribute to ICT sector in Botswana by responding to the global need of transforming small villages into knowledge based economies. The initiative is also meant to empower the youth and it supports Vision 2036 pillar, Sustainable Economic Development by enabling digital literacy.
In 2009 Mascom Wireless entered into a Private Public Partnership (PPP) with the then Ministry of Communications, Science and Technology. 41 Centers were rolled out under the Rural Telecommunications Development Programme. Mascom has since continued to rollout centers across the country and today there are 110 Kitsong Centers. Kitsong Center Operators are trained on Introduction to Computers and Entrepreneurial Development before being awarded Kitsong Centers to operate as their own businesses. The training has empowered young people to run centers independently and contribute positively to the communities they live in. Mascom provides continuous operational support, skills development and networking opportunities to all Kitsong Centers. The ICT equipment and services provided by Mascom makes it possible for communities
- to have access to email and internet
- to receive computer training
- to use mobile money services
- to buy SIM cards and airtime
- to receive secretarial services
Some Kitsong Centers offers additional services to their communities such as
- Online Company Registration
- Access to cattle registration system commonly known as (BAITS)
- Free computer lessons (primary schools, Tirelo Sechaba workers)
- Mapping coordinates and locations of boreholes and farms in the area.
- Graphics design services.