Gift of com­put­ers gives school rea­son to cel­e­brate

Vuk'uzenzele - - Education - Galoome Shopane

learN­ers aT vu­la­masaNGo High School in Bloem­fontein are ex­cited to be able to ac­cess new dig­i­tal ap­pli­ca­tions – the next step is a li­brary.

The pace and qual­ity of learn­ing has im­proved greatly for learn­ers at Vu­la­masango High School in Rock­lands, Bloem­fontein, after re­ceiv­ing a dona­tion of 10 com­put­ers.

The Deputy Min­is­ter of Arts and Cul­ture Mag­gie So­tyu re­cently do­nated the com­put­ers, ful­fill­ing a prom­ise she made when she vis­ited the school ear­lier this year.

The dona­tion is aimed at en­cour­ag­ing learn­ers to ac­quire ba­sic com­puter knowl­edge. “I want you to be skilled, and to have a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of a com­puter and be fa­mil­iar with it. This is a life­long skill that you will take ev­ery­where with you,” the Deputy Min­is­ter said. She called on the learn­ers to take care of the com­put­ers and use them wisely.

A new learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence

Deputy Min­is­ter So­tyu mo­ti­vated the chil­dren to be­lieve in them­selves and to never un­der­es­ti­mate the power that they have.

Ma­tric learner Lu­sanda Mo­lusi couldn’t hide his ex­cite­ment. “I’m very ex­cited about the new com­put­ers. I know that they will change how I learn as they have new and up­dated ap­pli­ca­tions com­pared to the old ones which were slow. Th­ese will def­i­nitely bring a new ex­pe­ri­ence to learn­ing.”

Act­ing prin­ci­pal Nt­she­leng Maphisa thanked the Deputy Min­is­ter for her ef­forts, adding, “This is a very im­por­tant day for us, th­ese com­put­ers are a legacy for th­ese chil­dren as ev­ery­thing is all about com­put­ers.”

The school pre­vi­ously had 13 work­ing com­put­ers.

De­serv­ing schools

Vu­la­masango, said to be one of the old­est schools, has been strug­gling without equip­ment.

The Deputy Min­is­ter is try­ing to se­cure spon­sor­ships for schools. “We look at cer­tain schools and de­cide which one is more de­serv­ing and need­ing,” she said.

The Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture is re­spon­si­ble for li­braries, and the Deputy Min­is­ter wants to work on se­cur­ing one for the school.

“Vu­la­masango is one of the schools that I dis­cov­ered doesn’t have a li­brary. And for my next project, I will be work­ing to­wards get­ting a li­brary for the school, in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.”

Deputy Min­is­ter Mag­gie So­tyu and learn­ers at Vu­la­masango High School try out one of the new com­put­ers.

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