MTN SA Foundation has today opened the new state-of-the-art ICT and life skills centre in the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy in Khayelitsha, following the sod-turning ceremony that was held in July this year.
The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy boasts state of the art equipment which comprises of modern workstations, a multi-functional printer, desk-top computers linked to the Internet through wireless (Wi-Fi) subsidised connectivity. The equipment will provide all learners and users with access to educational content and learning materials.
The academy promotes education, transformation & the development of safe cycling in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape. MTN SA Foundation and the academy aim to uplift the surrounding communities by leveraging on the advantages of ICT in education and availing the resources to those in need.
The Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy goes to great lengths to encourage young children and the youth to focus on academic achievement by making ICT resources accessible to them thereby enhancing their learning.
The addition of the ICT and Life Skills Centre will greatly enhance the education and development of talent of the young cyclists of Khayelitsha, Langa and other surrounding townships and informal settlement areas in Cape Town.
“The academy has produced amazing cyclists who have gone on to create careers for themselves. Our involvement in the reconstruction of the centre is our way of making sure that many more cyclists can be discovered, keeping in mind that many of the children in the area come from previously disadvantage backgrounds,” said Kusile Mtunzi-Hairwadzi, General Manager for MTN SA Foundation.
“Initiatives such as Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy supports our strategic intent of creating sustainable value for our stakeholders as good corporate citizenship is key especially in communities that we operate in,” she said.
In July MTN and its partners upgraded the existing structure of the centre by cleaning in and around the Velokhaya facility, preparing the BMX Racing track for the next training session – allowing Velokhaya’s aspiring cyclists to showcase their skills on the track. They cleaned and painted the walls of the refurbished container particularly the clubhouse and hosted a celebratory braai with members, dignitaries, guests and other sponsors for good day’s work done. This spirit of celebration and sharing will definitely continue at the opening.