Networks Unlimited, a value-added distributor within the converged technology, data centre, networking and security landscapes, has donated new laptops to assist young learners in two different institutions operating within poorer communities in Gauteng. This forms part of the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) initiatives and focuses on the need for both educators and learners to have access to technology.
Networks Unlimited chose to support Olievenhoutbosch Primary School in Centurion West by donating five brand new laptops. The principal of the school, Ms. Audrey Mbatha, was delighted with the donations and confirmed that the laptops would make teaching in the school easier.
Additionally, the organisation provided three laptops to the Ditshego House of Laughter organisation, which assists with poverty alleviation among the community of the Mooiplaas informal settlement, near Centurion. The organisation offers pre-school, aftercare and literacy programmes to help young children develop the necessary skills they need for school.
Mooiplaas is home to about 16,000 people, the majority of whom are either stateless or undocumented, and there are no resources such as schools, running water, police stations, electricity, clinics or formal crèches in a community with a disproportionately high number of younger people.
Anton Jacobsz, managing director at Networks Unlimited, says, “While the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics remain perennially relevant in education today, we also need to recognise the importance of having access to technology in this modern, digital age. As an IT company, Networks Unlimited has therefore chosen to focus on helping learners by giving them – as well as those who teach them – access to technology, which is increasingly becoming a part of the holistic learning environment. The donation of laptops to these two facilities therefore recognises the uplifting power of education and ties incoherently with our drive to assist in helping poorer communities.”