Wipro, a global Information Technology, Consulting and Outsourcing company, has launched a Computer Learning Incubator and a library at the Gobandlovu Primary School, located in Esikhawini in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
The Gobandlovu Primary School is among those that lack both a library and basic computer equipment with internet access. To address this need, Wipro established a Computer Learning Incubator (CLI), a facility that provides PCs and internet connectivity to the students. The CLI can be utilised by the local community like an internet café. The construction of the centre was enabled by Breadline Africa and funded by Wipro.
Breadline Africa renovates disused shipping containers and recycles them for essential community purposes. Since their establishment in 1993, they have provided over 190 containers to poverty stricken communities. For the past four years, the Cape Town based NGO has worked with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to place container libraries in each of the nine provinces. To date, 39 library containers have been placed in schools across the country.
The findings of an annual national assessment report on junior education shows that the national average performance in literacy stands at 35% among grade three pupils and at 28% for grade six. In addition to the CLI, Wipro stepped forward and fashioned a library from a refurbished shipping container, housing over 5,000 educational books and training materials for the students and teachers. This initiative aligns with the South African government’s vision to increase access to essential resources for an enriched education.
Shailendra Singh, Business Director, Africa region, Wipro said, “We believe that a successful business should assume responsibility to give back to the society. At Wipro, we are planning many such initiatives to promote education and facilitate self-sustaining enterprises in the local community.”