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Western Cape
Mar 19 2012 8:34AM
 
Mitchells Plain School receives a computer lab
HAPPY BENEFICIARIES: Pupils from Mondale High School in Mitchells Plain with their new computers which were sponsored by Vodacom.
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Rusana Philander

On its 30th anniversary, a high school in Mitchells Plain received a much-needed and fully equipped computer lab from mobile phone operator Vodacom.

Mondale High School, which is on the Cape Flats, has a proud history of excellence in sports and academic studies.

Suraya Hamdulay, Vodacom’s executive head of corporate ­citizenship, said the excellent matric results in the province indicated “great strides in improving the quality of ­education”.

Vodacom hoped to further enhance the education system ­throughout the country by offering ICT ­solutions.

“The power of the internet is invaluable and ­connectivity has the potential to ­transform ­education and accelerate ­economic and job growth in this country,” Hamdulay said. This initiative links into our strategy to use technology to improve education in South Africa.”

Hamdulay said in October last year and in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, Microsoft, Cisco and Mindset Learn, the operator launched the Vodacom Mobile ­Education Programme.

It made use of mobile technology to provide teachers across the country with better access to quality teaching resources and ICT. Hamdulay said studies had shown that a 10% increase in internet access added 1.3% to a country’s GDP growth.

Mondale High School ­principal Theo Bridgens said they were excited to be ­recipients of the computer lab. “It will enhance our learning systems and improve the quality of ­teaching.

“The school is also ­celebrating its 30th anniversary and we ­celebrate improvements made from where we were. We are grateful for the support.”

rusanap@thenewage.co.za
 

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