School gets technology

2015-09-09 06:00
SHANDRE Seekoei(13) putting the newly installed computers to good use.

Boipelo Mere

SHANDRE Seekoei(13) putting the newly installed computers to good use. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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TYPING with middle fingers only was not an issue for gr. 7 Greenpoint Primary School learner Shandre Seekoei (13) and her classmates.

It was just a learning curve as they will soon get their typing skills in order after enough practise.

She was amongst the learners who got the opportunity to put their new computers to use on the day it was donated to the school by Hatch Goba on Thursday (03/09).

Hatch Goba has cemented the important role it is playing in the Kimberley community by helping to upgrade the computer laboratory at the Greenpoint Primary School.

The laboratory had very old and slow computers running outdated operating systems.

The company donated more than the pledged 22 desktop computers to the school. This donation is part of the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives in the Kimberley area where it is undertaking a major project at present.

The donated computers are preloaded with Windows 8.1 with full systems, keyboard, mouse and screen.

“We were looking for ways to give something back to the local community. During our search for initiatives, we came across Greenpoint Primary School, which had an urgent need to upgrade its computer laboratory,” Anthony Stevens, project systems manager and manager at Hatch Goba, commented.

“We were driving through Greenpoint looking for ways that we can intervene to change the lives of the community.

“Then we noticed the the community does not even have a sports field.

“We initially decided to build a sports field for the high school and primary schools that are situated next to each other.

“But then the need for the computer lab also arose,” he revealed further.

Motivating and encouraging the learners to put the computers to good use, Stevens said: “Growth is very important to us, thus we came up with this initiative. We hope these computers inspire you so much that you will come and work for companies like ours one day.”

Thanking them for the generous contribution, school principal William Block, promised that they will have education programmes like Heymaths and reading programmes installed.

Anthea Abrahams of the Department of Education said the computers will give the learners access to information and encouraged them to use them for educational programmes.

“You are very fortunate to be born in an age of technology. We grew up in a time when it was not available. You must enjoy using these computers,” said Abrahams.

Stevens emphasised that their company still intends delivering the sports field to the community after finalisation of negotiations.

“It will take longer now because it was brought to light that the initial area that we identified for the sports field was a site for a graveyard.”

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