Eureka, we have an ICT lab!

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Finance, assisting a learner.

JSE-listed Altron’s Altech Radio Holdings (ARH) together with the Gauteng MEC for Finance and e-Government, Barbara Creecy, recently handed over ICT laboratories worth a total of R4 million to three West Rand schools.

The project, which began in January 2017, culminated in the handover of ICT labs at Badirile Secondary School in Carletonville, and the AB Phokompe Secondary School and Phandulwazi Primary School in Randfontein, with the objective of modernising learning and teaching in Gauteng schools. In addition to the ICT labs, the project entailed conducting renovations at the three schools.

Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC for Finance with Councillor Maphefo Mogale-Letsie after unveiling the plaque.

Altron is partnered with the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Department of eGovernment to roll out the broadband network that connects over 1 000 sites. These are provincial government buildings including GPG departments, Thusong Centres and economic zones.

“The facilities that we handed over to these schools today give impetus to the Gauteng Department of Education’s smart schools initiative and will ensure that our youth are computer literate when they leave school,” Barbara said.

“The new ICT labs will provide teachers and learners with an enhanced learning environment which offers a hub of information on subjects such as mathematics, physical science, geography and life sciences. This project illustrates Altron’s commitment to working with government and other partners to tackle challenges in our communities, particularly in learning and development,” said Zipporah Maubane, Altron Group’s Executive Marketing and Investor Relations at the hand-over event.

The renovations included painting buildings, replacing glass windows with break-resistant Perspex and replacing door handles. The three ICT labs each contain computer tablets, a local area network server, printer, internet connectivity and a laptop for a teacher.

A learner with a tablet.

The learners are further equipped with an opportunity to conduct research on a variety of topics using the uncapped Wi-Fi solution, while the tablets have a web content filter to protect the learning environment and offer peace of mind to the teachers. In addition, ARH’S partner, BasiX Group, fitted alarm systems at all three laboratories.

Barbara appealed to the school management, parents and teachers to protect this investment.

“Let’s ensure that many more children will benefit from it for generations to come. I also thank Altron for the contribution that it is making to society in general and education in particular,” she said.

Zipporah emphasised that the National Development Plan recognised the ongoing development of quality communications infrastructure, services, content and applications, and is key to the rapid economic, social and cultural development of South Africa.

“We believe South Africa’s socio-economic ills can be alleviated through partnerships between corporates and governments. We extended our broadband contract to also enhance teaching and learning at three schools. We are proud to have been able to support the Gauteng government in helping our learners develop the digital skills necessary for their futures. This is an example of a public-private partnership that works,” said Zipporah.

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