Thabo Mbeki Foundation donates laptops, tablets to Mpumalanga schools

German Chiloane High School in Acornhoek recently received computers from the Thabo Mbeki Foundation. The foundation donated laptops and tablets to more than 20 schools in the province in order to ensure that South Africa is also part of the fourth industrial revolution. According to Thabo Mbeki Foundation’s programme manager, Lukhanyo Nyerr, they opted to implement this project in rural schools and also introduce a school gardening project to fight poverty.
“We worked with ProFuturo, an international company, to help improve the education of learners in various schools. We identified 25 schools in Mpumalanga and 25 in the Eastern Cape. We also have four coaches in Mpumalanga who are working with these schools on weekly basis to ensure that we are rolling up this programme. The reason we are in Mpumalanga today is to ensure that the equipment is in the hands of the schools and what we are planning is that we are working with 24 000 learners in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga and our overall plan is to reach major learners and give them access to both the tablets and laptops,” said Nyerr.
Teachers and parents, including the Mpumalanga Department of Education, have welcomed the initiative. They say the project will go a long way in improving the skills of the learners.
The Department of Education says issues of safety at schools are high on their agenda. The provincial maths and science director, Elijah Nkosi, says they instructed schools to build strong rooms to secure these valuable items. He says burglary is one of the serious challenges facing many schools across the country and that during the hard lockdown, in Mpumalanga alone, more than 100 schools were burgled.
“Indeed the issue of security in our schools for electronic is one of the challenges but in this particular project, fortunately, is just one or two boxes are delivered to school, carrying the tables and other things. What we did before they were delivered, we had a meeting with the principals and agreed that a school must have a strong room if a school does not have one at least they must just build one using some steel just to be innovative so that there is good storage,” said Nkosi.

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