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Sep 5 2012 1:35PM
 
Connecting schools by mobile technology
EMPOWERING: Telkom CEO Nombulelo Moholi (left) and Deputy Minister of Education Enver Surty (second from right) with the school principal (right) and department of education officials.
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TNA Reporter

To explore innovative ways of connecting schools using technology, Telkom launched its connecting schools project on Monday in George.

Telkom delivered more than 120 tablet computers with free internet connectivity to the Mateza and Tyholorha Primary schools. Teachers from each school were all provided with a Motorola Zoom WiFi+3G, 32GB tablet computer.

The project supports the government’s objective to improve the quality of education at foundation level. This project also seeks to help schools connect using technology other than fixed line services as they are in areas that currently have no comprehensive communications.

The Deputy Minister of Education, Enver Surty was present to hand over the tablets to teachers at the school.

Telkom group CEO Nombulelo Moholi said: “Today, our integrated mobile business strengthens our ability to compete and increasingly allows us to provide converged offerings to our customers. To this end, mobile connectivity can deliver on the vast potential of broadband not only in cities and towns but across the open spaces of rural South Africa.”

She said the company was continuously exploring new areas of growth to meet the expectations of all South Africans.

“Today, the interplay of mobile connectivity and technology in the form of tablet devices unlocks a new dimension in teaching and learning at Mateza and Tyholorha primary schools, she said.”

Telkom will provide teachers with the necessary training skills so as to help them to be able to use the devices to their advantage. The training will be conducted by its centre for learning in George.

Another three schools around George the town and another six schools in Witbank in Mpumalanga will also benefit from the project. “Our aspiration is to advance the cause of quality education, to incorporate digital tools into the teaching process, to produce knowledge workers that will allow South Africa to play in the premier league,” said Moholi.

olwethum@thenewage.co.za

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