KZN needy schools receive tablets

2018-05-31 06:00

TWO schools from KwaZulu-Natal received a mobile computer box each with 40 tablets and a laptop server built into a mobile trolley valued at R500 000. Mbonisweni Primary in Hambanathi Township and Mthwalume Primary on the South Coast were the beneficiaries of the sponsorship from Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) and King Shaka International Airport in partnership with GiveITback, who handed over the tablets to the pupils in both schools on May 18.

The project is a follow on from the successful Solar Power Computer Lab launched two years ago in Buffelsdraai.

Circuit manager for Billy Nair circuit Selvan Chetty said: “Mbonisweni Primary has got talent. More importantly, what we see in front of us is the passion of the pupils of the school. It gives us an indication that each and every one of them are proud of their school. If we can give our children a global opportunity -an opportunity to research and find out what is happening in the world, they will take their rightful places in society. It is so fulfilling to understand the role that Acsa is playing in our schools not in the Hambanathi area, but into the whole province and the country.”

General manager of King Shaka International Airport Terence Delomoney said: “Technology plays a major role in our daily life and it is for this reason we are honoured to hand over the mobile computer labs to these schools. Trying to conceptualise concepts can prove to be quite a challenge without practical application and with this project we trust the teachers and pupils will put these resources to good use. Thus improving their level of competence and proficiency in computer studies.”

Acsa senior corporate affairs manager Colin Naidoo said: “Acsa SED continues to facilitate and provide to the previously disadvantaged communities access to social and economic opportunities through sustainable innovation projects that transforms people’s lives.”

Principal Ziphiwo Mahlobo thanked the sponsors for the donation.

“We want to thank Acsa KSIA for the valued support through their Socio-Economic Development department that has been given to our schools,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of GiveITback, business developer Shaeestha Tufail said: “I am glad that our IT solutions designed with people in mind and bridging the gap of IT infrastructure in rural and township areas where schools or communities otherwise would not have had such resources is now reaching.”

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