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Vodacom Millionaires brings the gift of technology to Delft Primary School

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Learners from Abedare Primary School in Delft, Western Cape, received an early Christmas present from Vodacom Millionaires today with the donation of a fully equipped computer centre and access to the internet.

The centre comprises of 21 laptops, a server, printer, cartridges, four WebBoxes with LCD screens and 400 MB of monthly internet access for a year. All this was made possible by Vodacom Millionaires; the popular TV game show flighted on SABC 1 on Tuesday evenings.

Abedare Primary School was built in 2010 by the Department of Education in the Western Cape, as part of a project to meet the growing demand for schools in the Delft area. The school was officially opened in January this year, but learners only started attending classes in April, due to a lack of proper learning resources.

Hearing about the programme, the principal approached Vodacom Millionaires which donates 4 equipped computer centres to public schools every month. These donations form part of its commitment to support and upgrade the quality of education in public schools throughout South Africa by ensuring that learners have access to information and communication technology ICTs and teachers have access to the highest quality teaching resources.

"While a computer centre alone cannot meet all the needs of the school, Vodacom believes it can add real value when used as a tool for learning. The educational software and training provided to the teachers will ensure that the learners can use the computer centre to its full potential," says Suraya Hamdulay, executive head: media-CSI and sustainability at Vodacom.

"Our overall strategy involves using technology to improve the quality of education offered in public schools across the country, and to ensure that we put the power of the internet into everyone's hands."

In October 2011, Vodacom partnered with the Department of Basic Education, Microsoft, Cisco and Mindset Learn and launched the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme. This programme makes use of mobile technology in order to provide teachers throughout South Africa with better access to quality teaching resources and ICT.

"Our learners will now be able to use the internet to complete school research projects, as we do not have a library at the school. The computer centre will also help to expose the learners to technology at a young age, as many do not have computers at home. Thank you Vodacom Millionaires," says Mr. D. R Joseph, acting principal of Abedare Primary School in Delft.

The Vodacom Millionaires' initiative, now in its seventh year, has to date donated over 280 computer centres all over the country and has begun upgrading old computer centres that it donated in the past to ensure that all benefitting schools have the latest technology.

Vodacom Millionaires encourages schools that are currently without computer facilities to contact it on 082 24 32082 (free from Vodacom cell phones) for assistance.


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