Network operator donates tablets in aid of learners

2017-03-16 06:03
Prophet Samuel Radebe, of RCG, Mandla Hlabisa, marketing specialist for Vodacom and Nandipha Mosalom during the handover of tablets at the church, in Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

Prophet Samuel Radebe, of RCG, Mandla Hlabisa, marketing specialist for Vodacom and Nandipha Mosalom during the handover of tablets at the church, in Khayelitsha, on Friday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni mASEKO

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A mobile communication company donated 10 tablets to a local church on Friday as a means to help learners.

Vodacom donated the tablets to Revelation Church of God (RCG) which will be used by learners from over five local schools who visit a library owned by the church.

Mandla Hlabisa, marketing specialist for Vodacom, said the tablets are equipped with technology that will enable learners to view videos for a class lesson of their choice.

He said the data bundles for viewing the videos are covered by Vodacom.

“These tablets will help learners to understand things that they might have missed in class. They can chose any subject once they log-in. They are curriculum based. We worked closely with the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) to ensure that it is aligned with the curriculum. It is E School Porter meaning that they have access to class anytime. They can also use their parent’s smart phones when they are at home for free once they have login details. We are trying to speak to the needs of children,” Hlabisa said.

He said the E School Porter which was launched last year helped to in improve matric results for the class of 2016 in the province.

Hlabisa said the relationship with the church started in 2015 after they asked for assistance in getting the books for their library.

Learners can access the application via www.vodacom/eschool.

Prophet Samuel Radebe, of RCG, said the tablets will help learners in their studies.

“Having Vodacom on board encourages us a lot. It was not easy when we opened the library. We are going to need support to ensure that children get the help they need. The library here helped learners to win competitions as best performers during the National Library of South Africa competition, last year. That was two months after we opened the library,” Radebe said.

He said, the Radebe Foundation, which is his foundation, has since opened another two libraries in East London and Durban.

He said they have four paid librarians.

Learners are also assisted with their homework after school when they visit the libraries.

Zintle Mgaga, 18, who completed matric last year, said she as sure the library and tablets were going to help learners.

“The library helped me a lot last year and I am sure it is even going to make things much easier for this year’s class now that they have the tablets. They will be able to do research they need. I am happy for the initiative,” Mgaga said.

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