Learners living in rural Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal, will now have access to new hybrid technology machines. In an effort to improve the quality of education in rural schools in the province, Premier Senzo Mchunu and Education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni handed over 20 compujectors to 20 schools in the iLembe and Umzinyathi districts.
Donated by the MTN Foundation, the machines are part computer, part projector and part interactive whiteboard. They are preloaded with education software for learners and teachers.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, which was held at Cabangokuhle High School in Msinga, Premier Mchunu said education is important to the province’s aspirations that relate to growth and development.
“The goal of our education system must be to give every child an equal opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to make a positive contribution to society. This project is a demonstration that public-private partnership can be a catalyst in driving development and facilitating access to quality education in under-serviced areas,” he said Premier.
MTN SA Foundation General Manager Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi said MTN is committed toimproving the quality of education through modern technology.
Nomkhosi Sithole, a Grade 10 Learner at Cabangokuhle High School, said she had never touched a computer in her life.
“These compujectors will give us insight into how a computer works,” she said.
Premier Mchunu encouraged learners to study hard in order to be successful in life. He also encouraged the community to take part in promoting the culture of teaching and learning.
“We make a strong appeal to learners, teachers and parents to own and safeguard the compujectors given to you today,” he said.