Injongo empowered with computer lab

2017-08-24 06:01
Rashid Khaan, regional head of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Mtati, a teacher, Pam Tshwete, deputy minister of Water and Sanitation, Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager for MTN SA Foundation, and learners, on Friday, at Injongo Primary School, Khayelitsha.                                                            PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Rashid Khaan, regional head of the Department of Water and Sanitation, Pamela Mtati, a teacher, Pam Tshwete, deputy minister of Water and Sanitation, Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager for MTN SA Foundation, and learners, on Friday, at Injongo Primary School, Khayelitsha. PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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In an attempt to make teaching and learning in schools, Injongo Primary in Khayelitsha is the latest to receive a media classroom.

The event was held on Friday and all involved seemed happy during the handover of the classroom with about 20 computers.

Pam Tshwete, Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, presided over the handover, which was made possible with a donation to the tune of R580 000, courtesy of the MTN SA Foundation.

That donation comes with a 20 gig of free internet connection for the next 24 months and an inter-active board that will be utilised for school projects.

The class was revamped with tiles, a security system, including an alarm, air conditioning, a projector.

Teachers have also received training on software curriculum.

This was after the school won first position in a music competition as well as securing second position in the Baswa Le Meetse Awards, in June 2016.

The Baswa le Meetse Awards (Youth in Water) are aimed at recognizing the role of learners in awareness campaigns related to water saving and sanitation.

The competition promotes health and hygiene, stimulates the interest of youth in water-related careers, and promotes cultural diversity.

During the competition, all nine provinces communicated their messages under the theme: “Washing of hands, use and care of sanitation facilities for a healthy lifestyle, and Water Conservation”.

Tshwete said the class will make a big difference in the school.

“Learners in townships should not get a different education from the ones who go to town. They must all get the resources they need. We do not have engineers in the country so we need more of such classes so that we will produce them. We said they must get exposed to such technology from primary level,” Tshwete said.

Zoleka Nokwe, deputy principal at the school, said the class will bring relief.

“We are very happy. Our learners will get good skills. We did have a computer lab, but it was too small for the number of learners that we have. This one is going to be used by learners in Grade 4 to 7,” Nokwe said.

Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager for MTN SA Foundation, asked the school to take care of the computer lab.

“It has to be used for teaching and learning only.

It is only for that purpose. Let us not abuse it,” Mthunzi-Hairwadzi said.

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