Christel House receives IT lab from network

2016-06-16 06:00
Zanele Ndika, Ncumisa Mapuma, Jabulile Khumalo, Mikhael Botha, Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager for MTN SA Foundation and Nosiviwe Mpukane during the visit of MTN employees at Christel House South Africa, in Wetton, on Friday.  PHOTO: Vukile Sonandzi

Zanele Ndika, Ncumisa Mapuma, Jabulile Khumalo, Mikhael Botha, Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager for MTN SA Foundation and Nosiviwe Mpukane during the visit of MTN employees at Christel House South Africa, in Wetton, on Friday. PHOTO: Vukile Sonandzi

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Christel House school is enjoying the benefits of a partnership formed with MTN SA through their 21 Days of Y’ello Care campaign.

MTN has announced a new state-of-the–art 40 seater ICT lab which is to be handed over to the school during Mandela Day celebrations in July.

Christel House is a school for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and was lucky enough to be selected as a beneficiary of an upliftment programme.

On Friday volunteers from MTN conducting lessons, discussing “Netiquette” with students, explaining how mobile technology is changing the world and inspiring learners with career opportunities.

21 Days of Y’ello Care is an employee volunteer programme that is designed to impact on socio-economic development, while creating sustainable change in communities.

The employees are encouraged to choose a cause or initiative within their communities. The programme runs each year from 1 until 21 June. This year’s theme is ‘Investing in education for all’.

Kusile Mthunzi-Hairwadzi, general manager at MTN SA Foundation, said they aim to contribute in education.

Mthunzi-Hairwadzi said the computer lab will go a long way in helping learners with their school work and that it is a skill development centre.

She also said they fund the school with transport which ferry learners from home to school and back. Learners are also provided daily with breakfast and lunch.

Nosiviwe Mpukane, a Grade 9 learner, said the lab could not have come at a better time, as the services they get from the school are worth their weight in gold.

“We are happy with the sponsorship, including the transport and the feeding scheme.

Our parents cannot afford to provide us with half the things we make do with here,” Mpukane said.

Mpukane stays in Langa.

Christel House’s Nicky Sheridan said: “We had great fun with MTN employees. They are a very caring organisation which shares its success with those less fortunate. Education is the only way we can permanently bridge the gap between the rich and poor.

The focus on ICT in education as a way of investing in the South African economy is what the economy needs right now.”

Heart FM also joined the action with a live broadcast from Christel House. The station is currently on a 16-day roadshow around the province until today.

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