Schools get laptops

2019-01-31 06:21
Thobile Majingo, ACJ Phakade Primary School principal, and school governing body chairperson Sandile Pakamile receive the laptops on behalf of the learners from Dean Wang, director general of the Taipei Liaison Office in Cape Town. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

Thobile Majingo, ACJ Phakade Primary School principal, and school governing body chairperson Sandile Pakamile receive the laptops on behalf of the learners from Dean Wang, director general of the Taipei Liaison Office in Cape Town. PHOTOS: MZWANELE MKALIPI

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ACJ Phakade Primary School was one of two recipients of laptops donated by the Taiwanese government early this week.

The Nomzamo school received four laptops at a handover ceremony on Tuesday morning (29 January). Another four machines were donated to Enkanini Primary School in Khayelitsha.

The donation aims to enable learners to become accustomed to the digital world as well as use the resources to communicate with the outside world. It further hopes to teach the youths typing skills and expose them to basic laptop and computer skills before they reach tertiary level.

An excited Thobile Majingo, school principal, said he hoped this would be the start of a relationship with the Taiwanese government. He added that e-learning is a priority at the school, but teachers are not able to carry through the teaching fully as they do not have adequate resources.

“We have a computer laboratory, but it is not functional,” Majingo related. “We are still searching for a sponsor to fully equip the facility.

“If we can get this going at this early stage, our learners will go to tertiary institutions well prepared. Then the sky will be the limit for our children.”

Dean Wang, director general of the Taipei Liaison Office in Cape Town, said it is an honour and pleasure for the office to assist the learners of these schools. “If learners get a solid education, it will mean a reduction in poverty in society,” he explained.

“Fifty years ago, our country was also very poor and we received aid from other countries. Today we rank 22nd in the world in terms of our economy. So we are happy to be giving back in this way, as we now have the ability to do so. We hope this small donation will connect the learners to the outside world.”

Leonard Ramatlakane, former provincial minister of Community Safety and ANC member, approached the Taipei Liaison Office to assist with the donations, in the hopes of aiding learners with their writing and e-communication skills. He believed this was a way to build learners as progress is made in pursuit of the “fourth industrial revolution”.

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