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2020-03-11 06:03
Grade 12 learners of Akademia High School in Brandfort rejoice the launch of three computer laboratories to enable them to be technology savvy. From the left: Omphile Mokgoro, Mpho Seshupa, Kedilahlwane Kgogo and Lehloohonolo Leepile. Photo: Teboho Setena

Grade 12 learners of Akademia High School in Brandfort rejoice the launch of three computer laboratories to enable them to be technology savvy. From the left: Omphile Mokgoro, Mpho Seshupa, Kedilahlwane Kgogo and Lehloohonolo Leepile. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Fully-fledged computer laboratories donated to the Akademia High School in Brandfort are envisaged taking learning and teaching to greater heights. More learners at this school are expected to be technology savvy.

The Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) SOC Limited launched the three fully-fledged facilities on Thursday (05/03) at this town located outside Bloemfontein.

The three laboratories worth R1. 5 million form part of the company’s five-year Back to School community social investment (CSI) initiative that started in 2015. The company has sponsored ICT infrastructure and science laboratories to 15 rural schools across the country.

The unveiling was done by ATNS Board in partnership with the Free State Department of Education. The three laboratories include Information & Communication Technology (ICT) Computer Laboratory, the Life Sciences Laboratory and the Physical Sciences Laboratory. All of them are functionally equipped with apparatus to suit the distinct functions they are designed for. They boast 34 laptops, a projector and two printers; a microscope, models of the human torso, the ear, the eye and petri dishes; dynamic track trolleys, a power supply, titration stand and glassware, respectively.

Percy Morokane, ATNS spokesperson, said security burglar bars have been installed on all the three facilities. He said the company supply internet access for the ICT Computer laboratory.

Major-General Job Ngema ATNS chairman of the board’s social and ethnics committee, shared an anecdote with the learners on the significance of exposure. “I come from Marikana in Rustenburg, where the government of the time displaced us. We lived in a village where we had to pass through a forest (which was divided by a field where an aircraft false landed). This was during the times when it was a crime to even look at an aircraft.

Every day to and from school, I looked at the aircraft, I just kept on looking at it. Realise how blessed and fortunate we are now. We are encouraged through exposure to resources of various subjects so we can all be absorbed in career pathways that are available. You can also become something, because who would have thought that the same barefooted small boy, nicknamed ‘Two-mabone,’ for the two white lines on the back of my over worn trouser would become the first black pilot in South Africa.”

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