Schools line up to go online

2016-02-17 06:00
SOL PLAATJE PRIMARY gr. 7 Natural Science and Technology teacher Trinity Khosholo with learner Claris Darn putting the technology to the test. Photos: Boipelo Mere

SOL PLAATJE PRIMARY gr. 7 Natural Science and Technology teacher Trinity Khosholo with learner Claris Darn putting the technology to the test. Photos: Boipelo Mere

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TWO Galeshewe-based schools, the Boitshoko Primary School and the Sol Plaatje Primary School, were amazed to learn that they were among the schools that had won the 2015 Vodacom Millionaires competition.

They had persevered by entering the competition continuously for a period of six months.

The schools each won 20 learner laptops, a teacher laptop, an interactive white board, a projector, a network server and a printer.

According to Selloane Morwe, principal of Boitshoko Primary, they had been informed in December that they had won the mobile computer centres.

“We had to call Vodacom to verify before we could believe that we had won the competition,” Morwe said.

The package includes equipment, maintenance for two years’ warranty and teacher training.

Pam Ntaka of media relations at Vodacom revealed that the centres, worth R170 000 each, was in accordance with the school curriculum to make interaction between teachers and learners easier.

Additionally, the donated equipment would be maintained for two years and every teacher would receive training and continue to get support via a dedicated call centre.

“Vodacom, through Vodacom Millionaires, gives away four fully-equipped computer centres to schools across the country every month,” Ntaka said.

Morwe said the computers would assist learners in enhancing practical teaching.

“A computer is a strong teaching tool as we are all aware that technology is a big part of our children’s lives.

“For example, if a learner struggles to grasp information during teaching, they are able to catch up easily to the curriculum by using the computer,” Morwe said.

Expressing his joy about what Vodacom Millionaires had done for the school, Chris Dutchman, chairperson of the School Governing Body (SGB) at Sol Plaatje Primary, said the learners would not encounter problems like a lack of computer literacy in the future.

“This will also improve school attendance, curb absenteeism and improve concentration levels, as learners tend to be excited by technology nowadays,” Dutchman said. “We are grateful for being granted this opportunity of being presented with these computers by Vodacom Millionaires,” Patric Mangate, principal of the Sol Plaatje Primary, said.

“The learners will now be exposed to technology, as the computers are internet compliant. Learners will be able to do research and learn to communicate via email. The advantage is also that the learners will most definitely extend their technology knowledge to the wider community.

“Computer literacy is a very important tool these days.”

Maya Makanjee, chief officer of corporate affairs at Vodacom, explained that this project was in line with Vodacom’s ongoing drive to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools and connectivity to communities that did not have access to the internet.

Vodacom Millionaires encourages all public schools that are in need of computer centres to apply. Forms can be obtained from the Vodacom website or by calling the Vodacom Millionaires call centre on 082-243-2082 free from a Vodacom line.

Ntaka further revealed that the latest addition to Vodacom’s educational offering was the educational portal Vodacom e-school, which had been launched last year by Angie Motshekga, minister of Basic Education.

“This portal affords learners access to multimedia educational content that is aligned with curriculum assessment policy statements (Caps).

“The portal is zero-rated for Vodacom subscribers with internet access to education content for South African learners from gr. 8 to gr. 12 and it will be extended to gr. 4 to g. 7 in the coming months. It is available in English, Afrikaans, Zulu and Xhosa.”

A computer is a strong teaching tool as we are all aware that


is a big part of our children’s lives.

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