Rural school receives Tablets

2016-03-18 06:00
Vodacom official show pupils how to use Tablets. Photo: supplied

Vodacom official show pupils how to use Tablets. Photo: supplied

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VUVU Junior Secondary School pupils in Mount Fletcher, near the Lesotho border, will no longer have to travel far to get information from the internet.

Last Wednesday the rural school received 20 Tablets, a laptop and a solar panel to generate electricity, from Vodacom.

The school always had a problem of losing teachers because of its rural location and pupils often had to travel 53km to town to access information from the internet.

"Our prayers were answered two years ago when we heard that Vodacom has adopted us. I had sleepless nights praying for the school to get material support," said principal Thabile Kibi (54).

The school was established in 1930 by the community and government built new classrooms in 2004.

"Pupils will share the Tablets. The laptop will be used by teachers, which will be connected to a white board, which will enable us to give lessons without using chalk. The school is going to introduce E-learning before the end of this year.

“We also received a solar panel in order for us to have lights and to use a photocopying machine.

"Teachers don't want to work at the school because of poor location. Children of this village drop out of school early because they are encouraged by their parents to look after the livestock," said Kibi.

Vodacom executive head in marketing and sales, Travis Goate said: "During the year we invested approximately R46 million in education initiatives, which included connecting an additional 20 ICT (information and communications technology) resource centres, bringing the total number of ICT centres equipped and connected by Vodacom across the country to 61.

“To date, Vodacom's school connectivity programme has connected 1 348 schools across the country.

“Now that the school has been given­ solar power, we plan to come back to install an ICT resource centre.

“Each ICT centre is equipped with a computer room containing 50 computer terminals, with access to educational aids, models and content as well as Internet connectivity.

"We ask pupils, teacher, parents and the school governing body to safeguard the school since its power feed is to the benefit of the entire village."

Lebesa Lenyane from the Department of Education said there are 24 schools in the district, but only two schools have electricity and Vuvu School is going to help neighbouring schools with information and communications technology.

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