An official at South African operator Vodacom believes “connectivity has the potential to transform education”, with the company encouraging schools to apply to their initiative.
Vodacom Millionaires has joined forces with the Film and Publication Board (FPB) to donate a computer centre and free data to Nqweba Secondary School in Graaf-Reinet, Eastern Cape.
The Back-2-School Campaign is aiming to reach 24,000 learners in six provinces during February.
Maya Makanjee, Vodacom Chief Officer of Corporate Affairs, said: “Internet penetration in South Africa is still very low, especially in township schools. Vodacom aims to bridge the digital divide that exists in communities without access to information and communication technology (ICT).
“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.”
The gift to the school includes 21 laptops, a server, printer, cartridges, four LCD screens and an e-beam interactive board.