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Vodacom Business to support e-Learning in Eastern Cape

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Vodacom has pledged to support the Eastern Cape Province by equipping and connecting 11 teacher centres in the province over two years. (Image Source: Darryl Linington)

Delegates gathered at the Eastern Cape e-Learning Summit, located in East London, in order to help enhance teaching and learning outcomes in the province through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The event was held in order to reflect on the challenges of learning and teaching in a province that mostly consists of rural areas and seeks to address some of the pressing needs. The ICT industry stakeholders invited to the summit pledged their commitment to partner with the Eastern Cape Department of Education in providing ICT solutions and other e-Learning infrastructure.

The summit was the realisation of an on-going partnership between Vodacom Business and the Eastern Cape Department of Education to give schools and communities without internet connectivity access to basic ICT resources.

According to the company, Vodacom has pledged to support the Eastern Cape Province by equipping and connecting 11 teacher centres in the province over two years. The teacher centres are equipped with interactive boards, laptops, desktops, servers, data projectors, routers and printers.

These centres will provide the province with spaces designed to train teachers on how to integrate ICT in the classroom. The ICT centres will further provide equipment and access to educational content. This will ensure a sustainable introduction of e-learning in the province.

Vodacom Business, Chief Officer, Vuyani Jarana stated that: “Our teachers achieve so much in what are often difficult circumstances, so one can just imagine what is possible if they are supported with the latest equipment and training. It’s a privilege to be part of the e-learning initiative and to use Vodacom’s technology to unlock the true potential of learners in the Eastern Cape.”

The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has identified the following as key strategic pillars in optimising the utilisation of ICT to enhance outcomes: systematic deployment of ICT infrastructure across schools in the province, ensure universal access to all schools over a period of time, sustained programme to enhance digital literacy levels amongst educators, forge partnerships with relevant industry parties to ensure synergistic outcomes, migration towards digital environment (increased utilisation of ICT in teaching and learning) and funding model that systematically mobilises all resources.

Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula said: “As technology advances, it is important for the Department to take advantage of such developments and improve the quality of teaching and learning in the province. We also need to make it easy for parents and learners to access educational information anytime, anywhere and through any device.”

Darryl Linington

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