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2016-02-25 06:00
Bufflesdale Secondary School Management with representatives of Give it Back and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Photo: supplied

Bufflesdale Secondary School Management with representatives of Give it Back and Airports Company South Africa (ACSA). Photo: supplied

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“In this day and age it was very difficult to accept that this school did not have access to computers yet they have such impeccable results and still strive to improve.”

The lab is situated inside a 12 metre shipping container and can operate for seven hours before it needs to be charged.

It can provide access to computers for 20 pupils at a time and includes a file server, printer and an administrator to view and control the computers in the lab.

The lab has 3G internet access and a remote access camera to monitor the use of the lab.

Give IT Back founder Jonathan Michael said they are happy to see yet another lab installed in a school to provide pupils with access to technology and opportunities that will open doors for them.

“We need to provide pupils with access and the tools to succeed. If they don’t have it then they are not getting a chance to take opportunities that are out there with access to the internet,” said Michael.

The computer lab is the 10th solar powered lab installed in the country.

Verulam-based school Umhloti Primary was one of the first schools in the province who opened their solar powered lab early last year.

Buffelsdale Secondary School head girl Aaliah Osman said pupils are excited and are looking forward to the value it will add to their schooling and lives.

Osman said pupils are grateful their school was chosen for the lab.

“Many pupils come from disadvantaged homes and many don’t have access to computers or the internet so this is something we can’t wait to use,” said Osman.

School principal Dr S.K. Singh thanked ACSA, Give IT Back and circuit manager Mr S.A. Chetty for bringing the computer lab to her school.

“This lab is going to change the lives of our pupils,” said Singh.

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