A school in Pretoria has been awarded a mobile computer lab which will be used to access educational content, provide connectivity to the internet and assist with facilitating training for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) skills.
The mobile computer lab was launched on Friday as part of Telkom’s “Connected Schools” programme at the DA Mokoma High School, in Mabopane, and Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Cwele said Telkom has promised to provide 50 GB of data for the next two years to connect the laptops and enable Wi-Fi for use by learners and educators on the school premises.
“This lab has been equipped with 21 laptops, an interactive white board, projector, a printer, speakers and four desktop workstations for educators,” said Minister Siyabonga Cwele.
Educators and learners will also undergo good training on how to use the technology and how it can also be incorporated into classroom teaching and learning.
“Our government is investing in the future of our young people because we believe they are an important resource that will enable our development as a nation through their innovation and energy. “I would like to encourage our learners to use these ICT technologies to better their lives,”
The minister further added that government wanted learners to study and become systems developers, engineers to design and manufacture affordable ICT hardware such as tablets and believes the provisions made by Telkom will go a long way in achieving this.
“I hope that the connectivity and tools Telkom has provided to the DA Mokoma Secondary will enable our learners to explore means through which they can make a lasting social impact and they will explore ideas that may help them to start small businesses and become active participants in the economy,” Minister Cwele said.
He said the mobile ICT lab will contribute directly to the vision of a connected South Africa where all citizens participate in the vibrant knowledge economy and an inclusive information society.