Siyazingisa perseveres for high tech donation

2017-12-07 06:01
Sanette Nowers, district director for Metro Central Education District, Kholekile Zono, Petro SA Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Noludwe Nonkonyana, school principal and Odoi Paul Qabaniso Chibambo, of Petro SA, on Tuesday, at Siyazingisa Primary School, in Gugulethu.

Sanette Nowers, district director for Metro Central Education District, Kholekile Zono, Petro SA Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Noludwe Nonkonyana, school principal and Odoi Paul Qabaniso Chibambo, of Petro SA, on Tuesday, at Siyazingisa Primary School, in Gugulethu.

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Teaching and learning at Siyazingisa Primary School will never be the same again after they were donated Smart Classrooms upgrades, fitted with the latest technology.

The donation to the Gugulethu based school, which is in the tune of about R1 million, was made by PetroSA Corporate Social Investment.

The school has now done away with the traditional chalk-and-board classrooms and will now use a modern hi-tech learning environment equipped with Data Projector, White Board Interactive Device, Wi-Fi, a Document Camera, and interactive boards to improve real-time access to information and educational material.

School Principal Noludwe Nonkonyana, applauded the donation and said it will make a positive impact on learners.

“Learners like the screens. This is going to change the atmosphere of the school. We now rely on technology. It is said that they say good things come to those who wait. We patiently waited (for the donation) and at the end we received them. I hope the partnership will not end here. There are still a lot of things that we need,” Nonkonyana said.

PetroSA also extended the school’s administration block, added a storeroom and built a sick bay at the learning facility.

The days of about 1080 learners sharing only 24 computers are now a thing of the past, since 12 of their classrooms have now been converted into computer laboratories

This will also enable the teachers to do research right in their own classrooms.

Kholekile Zono, PetroSA Acting Group Chief Executive Officer said the upgrade will help in advancing the education of learners.

“This is part of restoring dignity of a Black child. Life is not about making profits. We need to advance the lives of people and create a better environment for others. It is your responsibility to take care of what you have and I hope that you are capable of doing that. We are honoured and privileged to make this contribution,” Zono said.

Sanette Nowers, the Director for the Metro Central Education District, thanked PetroSA for ensuring that learners get their basic human rights with quality education.

Nowers said the budget from government does not cover everything needed and that such intervention is needed.

Ward 40 Councillor Bongani Ngcombolo also appealed to residents to protect the schools and all infrastructures in the area.

“I am very happy. Residents are the ones who should protect the schools. Let us take care of our infrastructure,” he said.

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