Vodacom Millionaires brings technology to Tembisa School
In keeping its promise to put the power of the internet into people's hands, Vodacom Millionaires today donated a fully functional computer lab as well as 400MB monthly internet access for one year to Reagile Primary School in Tembisa.
The computer lab is equipped with 21 laptops, a server, printer, cartridges, four WebBoxes with LCD Screens. This initiative was made possible by Vodacom Millionaires; the popular game show flighted on SABC 1 on Tuesday evenings.
"The internet plays an important role in the classroom as it expands the teaching resources available," says Suraya Hamdulay, executive head of corporate citizenship at Vodacom.
The WebBox is aimed at getting more South Africans connected to the internet. It looks like a keyboard and can be plugged straight into a television by making use of wireless technology that turns the TV set into a data device with internet access, games, email, SMS and FM radio.
The device is designed to give unconnected communities access to basic internet services and is part of Vodacom's commitment to ensuring that more communities and people in the country are able to leverage the information, access and contact that the internet provides.
"Internet penetration in South Africa is still very low especially in townships schools. However, with the Vodacom Millionaires initiative now in its sixth year running, we aim to bridge the digital divide that exists in communities without access to electronic and information technology (ICT)."
Vodacom Millionaires supports public schools throughout the country by ensuring that teachers have access to the highest quality teaching resources. The popular Vodacom TV game show donates 4 computer labs every month, and to date 270 computer labs have been installed in rural areas and township schools.
"Our school only had computers for use by the administration team. We are humbled to be recipients of the computer lab specifically for our learners which will give them exposure to the internet and improve the quality of schooling we offer our learners," says Mrs Msiza,principal of Reagile Primary School.
Last year, Vodacom in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and other technology partners launched the Vodacom Mobile Education programme which makes use of mobile technology to provide teachers throughout South Africa with better access to quality teaching resources and ICT.
"The power of the internet is invaluable and connectivity has the potential to transform education and accelerate economic and job growth in this country. We encourage schools that are currently without a computer lab to contact us for the forms and apply," says Hamdulay.
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