On Thursday, 8 August 2019, Kwazi Mshengu, KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, officially opened the Siqongweni High School high-tech computer centre. The provisions, donated by Aberdare Cables, was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his visit to the school in January this year.
MEC Mshengu says, “as the modern world becomes sophisticated due to technological changes, institutions of learning in South Africa need to adapt and acclimatise themselves with the new digital education system which has been embraced by many countries all over the world”.
“We strongly believe that the computer centre facility in Siqongweni High School will serve this purpose as we aim to advance and revolutionise our basic education in KwaZulu-Natal. The launch of this facility is in line with one of our strategic objectives which are to rigorously develop our learners’ technological skills to ensure that they compete with the best in the world”.
MEC Mshengu adds, “we are prepared to work closely with the private sector and our social partners to improve our education system, particularly in technology, mathematics and science, to prepare our youth for the fourth industrial revolution”.
According to Aberdare Cables, the donation is part of the company’s socio-economic development programme known as the ‘AberSchool Project’.
African Regional President of Hengtong Group and CEO of Aberdare, Dr. Song Haiyan says “the world is moving towards the Fourth Industrial Revolution, therefore Aberdare believes the youth in townships and rural areas need to be equipped with the necessary technological skills to be relevant in this new technological era and to ensure that they are not left behind in the era of internet of things”.
“It was this realisation that propelled us to launch the AberSchool Project. As part of this initiative, we donated eLearning Tablets to Pietermaritzburg schools in August 2018. The project has thus contributed significantly in the excellent performance of the participating schools, including Siqongweni,” concluded Song.
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