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Sep 19 2012 11:35AM
 
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Sithandiwe Velaphi

Lady Frere department of education officials believed the area will improve its education after the handing over of an internet facility centre on Monday.

The handing over by communications giant Vodacom was officiated by education MEC Mandla Makupula and forms part of Vodacom Mobile Education Programme which is aimed at transforming teaching in the classroom through the use of technology.

The Lady Frere Centre has been fully equipped with a computer room housing 50 computer terminals, educational aids, internet connectivity and training facilities. The community of Lady Frere will also have access to the Centre for free internet and online e-learning.

The centre is part of Vodacom’s Mobile Education Programme and is expected to train 1400 teachers from 172 schools annually in the Eastern Cape region.

“Technology is the scarce resource in our area and by integrating this method to teaching and learning will make everything interesting.

“Pupils and staff will be encouraged to use this method,” said Jojwana.

Chief officer corporate affairs at Vodacom Maya Makanjee said: “This initiative focuses on teacher development, one of the most critical elements in the education value chain. It also offers a model whereby South Africa can advance in the area of education through the effective use of communications technology.”

Twenty schools have been identified by the department of education to focus mainly on improving maths and science subjects in the area. Eighty teachers will also receive critical training annually in these subjects and each school will receive a laptop with free internet, a multimedia projector and an interactive board.

“Interventions such as these are not only expected to improve learner pass rates for mathematics and science in the province, but are also expected to ensure learners pursue these subjects at tertiary level,” said Makanjee.

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