Vodacom Millionaires has partnered with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) to donate a computer centre and free data for a year to Nqweba Secondary School in Graaff-Reinet, Eastern Cape.
The partnership forms part of the FPB “Back-2-School Campaign” that seeks to reach 24 000 learners across six provinces over the month of February which has been termed ‘Internet Safety Month’.
Vodacom, through its Vodacom Millionaires programme has identified a number of schools that will be provided with computer centres during the campaign.
Vodacom chief officer for corporate affairs, Maya Makanjee, said that internet penetration in South Africa was still very low, especially in township schools, and that Vodacom was aiming to bridge the digital divide in those communities that lacked access to information and communication technology (ICT).
THE POWER OF THE INTERNET
“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 centre to contact us to apply,” says Makanjee.
Nqweba Secondary School is one of the schools that benefited from the programme and received a computer centre, ready for use by learners and educators in their academic programme.
The computer centre comprises 21 laptops (a teacher’s laptop with internet access and 20 laptops for use by learners), a server; a printer, cartridges, four LCD Screens and an e-beam interactive board.
“The FPB is the body responsible for education and awareness of safe internet usage and this partnership is the perfect marriage between the two parties ensuring that not only do learners have access to ICTs, but that they can use it in a responsible manner,” says FPB chief executive officer Yoliswa Makhasi.