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Vodacom Millionaires donates 21 laptops, educational software, a server; a printer and cartridges and four WebBoxes with LCD Screens and 100 MB data per month for the next 12 months (for each WebBox). Teachers involved in the project will receive training.
Glenview Primary School received a fully equipped computer lab from Vodacom to assist students in their everyday learning and give them access to the internet.
Vodacom Millionaires funds the computer centres from its game show flighted on SABC 1 on Tuesday evenings. Vodacom customers can send their nine lucky letters to 32082 using two free weekly. Any additional SMS's are charged at R1.00 an entry.
"The power of the internet is vital as it allows teachers and students to interact and exchange information. These connections empower students to take responsibility for their education," said Suraya Hamdulay, executive head of corporate citizenship.
Internet penetration in South Africa is low especially in most public schools due to access and cost remaining the biggest obstacle to internet connectivity.
"We extremely grateful for the computer lab and access to the internet our students can use and learn from. This lab will better equip our students for the future," said Mr Pillay, Principal of Glenview Primary School.
This initiative speaks to Vodacom's commitment to use technology to improve education in South Africa. 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 to provide teachers throughout South Africa with better access to quality teaching resources and ICT.
This Vodacom Millionaires' initiative, now in its sixth year running, not only changes the lives of individuals but also supports public schools throughout the country to upgrade the quality of education by ensuring that teachers have access to the highest quality in teaching resources. To date Vodacom Millionaires has donated 260 computer labs all over the country.
"We encourage any schools that are currently without a computer lab to contact us for the forms and apply," says Hamdulay.
The computer centres comprises of 21 laptops (20 for students and one for teacher); educational software, a server; a printer and cartridges and four WebBoxes with LCD Screens and 100 MB data per month for the next 12 months (for each WebBox). Teachers involved in the project will receive training.
* 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 access 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.