Study room for Imizamo students

2018-06-26 06:01

Tebo Computers, located at Iziko Lobomi Centre of Life in Mandela Road, continues to grow.

They established a study room last month and are already on a mission to start a “lecture room” for children.

Founder Teboho Backward says he is always looking for ways to help the youth of Imizamo Yethu as he says he understands the challenges they are faced with.

He says the idea of creating this study room was inspired by the lack of space for students to study and do their homework outside their educational institutions.

He says students started crowding into the small space his computer class offers, trying to do their schoolwork.

“The place became highly congested by students who come from very cramped environments trying to find a peaceful space to do their schoolwork. We had to do something. Knowing the destitute environment they come from, and seeing their desire to change their lives, we found it crucial to provide a study room. And the positive response we have received shows how essential this is in the community,” says Backward.

The room has two internet-connected computers, which students pay R1 per hour to use. It is open to learners and students from primary to tertiary level and is open from 08:00 to 20:00 on weekdays.

“We had to find a way of regulating the flow and we started charging them, using the ‘first come first served’ system.”

Backward says since Imizamo Yethu Library was merged with Hout Bay Library, students have been struggling to walk long distances to access library services.

He says Imizamo Yethu is a community of less fortunate families living under undesirable conditions, with little space to provide a proper study environment.

According to him, the study room was made possible through donations from individuals and stakeholders who dug into their own pockets to support the idea.

Backward encourages other residents and businesspeople who are able to contribute, to help make a change in the community and do what they can to uplift the youth.

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