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Computers plays a huge role in young people's lives.

posted 15 Aug 2013, 05:24 by ntobeko dlamini
Computers and technology play an increasingly significant role in the lives of young people, both for education and for personal development. Unfortunately, computer access remains a huge challenge for many youth and learners in South Africa, particularly those who live in previously disadvantaged areas. 

                                                Tibias Tikka and John Hult with learners during computer

                                                             lesson at  Phumlani Primary School. 

Star For Life in conjunction with Chalmers University of Technology and Computer Education South Africa (CESA) have implemented an initiative whereby computers and training are provided to learners and teachers in  in rural areas. Phumlani Primary School in a small township just outside Hluhluwe town, was the first recipient of these computers in 2013.  On Tuesday, 6 August 2013 four computers were donated to the school and volunteers from Chalmers University conducted training workshops for the teachers and installed the computers. The principal at Phumlani Primary School, Mrs Gumede expressed her gratitude and noted the usefulness of the computers; “Words cannot express the way I feel. I have seen some very useful programmes in these computers; these machines will make teaching and learning to be much easier.”

                                       Phumlani Primary School learners with Chalmers University Students.

                               From left; The school Principal Mrs Gumede, Miss Buthelezi, Jeniffer Panditha,

                                                    Tobias Tikka, John Hult and Miss P Ziqubu.

Special thanks are extended to the volunteers of Chalmers University for their time and expertise in the training and installation of the computers; Jeniffer Panditha, John Hult and Tobias Tikka. “Teachers and learners were excited about this, some of the learners touched the mouse for the first time today and to see those smiles on their faces was remarkable”. Said Tobias Tikka.

This initiative will continue to other schools that needs assistance until the 18th of August 2013.