Tech centre opening a giant leap forward

2016-09-22 06:00
 Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages commercial director John Joubert, extols the virtues of the new centre. EduNova’s John Thole and Ziphelele Mdlalo looks on.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages commercial director John Joubert, extols the virtues of the new centre. EduNova’s John Thole and Ziphelele Mdlalo looks on.

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Learners and educators from the Langa Education Assistance Programme will now boast an information and communication technology centre they can call their own.

On Monday the Edunova Learning Centre was officially opened to deliver specialised ICT services and professional development for LEAP and other schools in the area.

The centre, sponsored by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages(CCPB) and the Rotary Club of Newlands, will provide much needed equipment and technological infrastructure.

The centre, based at the St Francis Adult Education Centre boasts new furniture, laptops, software and the latest in smart technological infrastructure.

It is the fourth Learning Centre implemented by Edunova since 2005 and is a partnership between Edunova, LEAP and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

Edunova is a non-profit ITC organisation that provides training and support to schools by empowering learners and teachers, skilling them in ICT.

John Thöle, a director of Edunova, said that the centre would not just benefit the learners but the teachers as well.

“Modern, open-plan spaces that allow for training, support and access to physical and conceptual technological and educational resources such as hardware and software programmes are important.

The learning activities are targeted at principals, educators and learners in order to contribute towards improved education and the development of employment opportunities,” he said.

“Members of the community are enabled to improve their own lives through the on-going use of technology,” explains Thöle. The project will leverage LEAP competencies to enhance these outcomes by developing greater awareness of educational best practice, youth leadership development and whole school development.

“The investment made in this new centre, will become a valuable resource to the community and will give the beneficiaries who will make use of the services and technologies, a wonderful advantage in expanding their knowledge base,” said Priscilla Urquhart, public affairs and communications manager for CCPB.

John Winship, of the Rotary Club of Newlands, elaborating on their involvement with Edunova said:

“Creating sustainable environments and investing in the future of our youth, is the backbone of thriving communities.

This Centre will serve as a model for other schools, maintaining an environment of high learning standards that is stimulating and inspirational. we look forward to witnessing the many successes at the centre.

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