Labs for learners

2016-10-19 06:00
LEARNERS of the Bongani Primary School in their new computer lab. Photo: Supplied

LEARNERS of the Bongani Primary School in their new computer lab. Photo: Supplied

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TEACHERS were encouraged to be the best teachers they could be, learners to be the best learners they could be and parents the best parents they could be.

Nothing is more important.

These remarks were made by the MEC of Education, Martha Bartlett, when she emphasised that education is a societal matter which involves everyone contributing collectively towards the realisation of the dreams and aspirations of learners.

Bartlett was speaking on Thursday (13/10) during the handover of computer laboratories to schools in Douglas, sponsored by the MTN SA Foundation.

Four schools – the Bongani High School, the Bongani Primary School, the Vaal-Oranje Primary School and the Gariep High School – benefited from the labs to the value of R2,19 million.

She said the partnership with MTN is due to government’s way of investing in the future of our youth.

“As government alone, we cannot adhere to the needs and outcry of our learners.

“It is for this reason that the Department of Education and the MTN SA Foundation formed a partnership to address the information and communications technology (ICT) challenges at some of our schools.

“The use of ICT is one of ten key priorities for the Department of Education and the first priority where Operation Phakisa is implemented,” explained Bartlett.

“Today is also evident of government’s commitment to undo the injustices of the past and address poverty, unemployment and inequality through education.

“Almost every child now has access to education, whereas in the past it was not so accessible.”

The computer laboratories are equipped with all the necessary facilities to expose learners from a very early age to the use of technology.

Bartlett highlighted that in this modern world, technology affects daily life, work and how things are done.

“Access to information technology at home, work and at our schools means that education can truly become a life-long activity.”

She further pointed out how the resources of learners are increased and learners are encouraged to use the computers in all aspects of their work to communicate ideas, describe projects and arrange information.

“The moral decay in our communities is having a detrimental effect on our society, especially our learners.

“We need to protect our children against any form of criminal activity, drug and alcohol abuse, as well as teenage pregnancy.

“Parents must lead by example and be role-models to their children.

“Our children’s future and better life should serve as motivation for us to rise above our circumstances,” she said.

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