JSE-listed Altron’s Altech Radio Holdings (ARH) has handed over ICT laboratories worth a total of R4 million to three Gauteng schools to enhance the teaching process and improve the learner experience.
Today’s handover, the second phase of ARH’s ICT community upliftment project, culminated with the handover of ICT labs at Badirile Secondary School in Carletonville and Phandulwazi Primary School in Randfontein.
Phase 1, known as the Mandela Day Project, took place in September this year and entailed an ICT lab handover at AB Phokompe Secondary School, also in Randfontein, and renovations at Badirile and Phandulwazi schools.
ARH has been a strategic partner in helping fulfil the Gauteng Provincial Government’s eGovernment mandate since 2014 and is responsible for rolling out network infrastructure that connects over 1 000 sites such as government buildings, Thusong Centres, Urban renewal zones and targeted economic zones through the Gauteng Broadband Network project.
The ceremony was officiated over by Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy. “The facilities that we handed over to these schools today give impetus to Gauteng Department of Education’s smart schools initiative and the important implications this has for ensuring that our youth are computer literate when they leave school. I would like to appeal to the school management, parents and teachers to protect this investment. Let’s ensure that many more children will benefit from it for generations to come. I also thank Altech for the contribution that it is making to society in general and education in particular,” said the MEC.
“The new ICT labs will provide teachers and learners with an enhanced learning environment which offers a hub of information on subjects such as Mathematics, Physical Science and Geography and Life Sciences. This project illustrates our commitment as Altron to work with Government and other partners to tackle challenges in our communities particularly in learning and development. All these learners are our future leaders and need to be equipped from an early age with the best learning experience in order thrive and contribute to the fourth digital revolution, and we are proud to be part of that contribution,” said Zipporah Maubane, Altron Group Executive Marketing and Investor Relations speaking at the hand over event.
The renovations included painting buildings, replacing glass windows with break-resistant Perspex as well as replacing door handles. The three ICT labs each contain computer tablets, a local-area network server, printer, internet connectivity and a laptop for a teacher. The learners are further equipped with an opportunity to conduct research on a variety of topics using the uncapped Wi-Fi solution, while the tablets have a web content filter to protect the learning environment and offer peace of mind to the teachers. In addition, ARH’S partner, BasiX Group, fitted alarm systems at all three laboratories.
“We are proud to have been able to support the Gauteng government in helping our learners develop the digital skills necessary for their futures. This is an example of a public-private partnership that works,” said Maubane.
“The National Development Plan recognises the ongoing development of quality communications infrastructure, services, content and applications, is key to the rapid economic, social and cultural development of South Africa. Because we believe South Africa’s socio-economic ills can be alleviated through partnerships between corporates and governments, we extended our broadband contract to also enhance teaching and learning at three schools,” concluded Maubane.
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