Rural school receives Tablets

2016-03-18 06:00
Vodacom official show pupils how to use Tablets. Photo: supplied

Vodacom official show pupils how to use Tablets. Photo: supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

VUVU Junior Secondary School pupils in Mount Fletcher, near the Lesotho border, will no longer have to travel far to get information from the internet.

Last Wednesday the rural school received 20 Tablets, a laptop and a solar panel to generate electricity, from Vodacom.

The school always had a problem of losing teachers because of its rural location and pupils often had to travel 53km to town to access information from the internet.

"Our prayers were answered two years ago when we heard that Vodacom has adopted us. I had sleepless nights praying for the school to get material support," said principal Thabile Kibi (54).

The school was established in 1930 by the community and government built new classrooms in 2004.

"Pupils will share the Tablets. The laptop will be used by teachers, which will be connected to a white board, which will enable us to give lessons without using chalk. The school is going to introduce E-learning before the end of this year.

“We also received a solar panel in order for us to have lights and to use a photocopying machine.

"Teachers don't want to work at the school because of poor location. Children of this village drop out of school early because they are encouraged by their parents to look after the livestock," said Kibi.

Vodacom executive head in marketing and sales, Travis Goate said: "During the year we invested approximately R46 million in education initiatives, which included connecting an additional 20 ICT (information and communications technology) resource centres, bringing the total number of ICT centres equipped and connected by Vodacom across the country to 61.

“To date, Vodacom's school connectivity programme has connected 1 348 schools across the country.

“Now that the school has been given­ solar power, we plan to come back to install an ICT resource centre.

“Each ICT centre is equipped with a computer room containing 50 computer terminals, with access to educational aids, models and content as well as Internet connectivity.

"We ask pupils, teacher, parents and the school governing body to safeguard the school since its power feed is to the benefit of the entire village."

Lebesa Lenyane from the Department of Education said there are 24 schools in the district, but only two schools have electricity and Vuvu School is going to help neighbouring schools with information and communications technology.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.