Growing up without access to computers can limit the opportunities available to children and curtail their dreams. A donation of 30 computers to a registered non-profit social enterprise One on One Community-Based Programmes is helping to close the digital divide for learners at a primary school and a high school in Limpopo Province.
“The donation of these computers means so much because the school has now been technologically enabled, opening up greater potential for children to benefit in other areas of their education too,” says Doc Sethole, director of One on-One Community-Based Programmes.
“With a computer lab, Mamaolo Primary School in Chuenespoort, Polokwane, and Ebenezer High School in Mahwelereng, Mokopane are now equipped for the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics [STEAM] approach to developing children’s knowledge and curiosity through these channels.”
One on One Community-Based Programme aims to empower the next generation through education and health at instructional or educational levels with holistic interventions, including building schools’ capacity in gateway subjects maths and science.
“The whole of society has a role to play, and a stake in, empowering today’s children to shine to their fullest potential in the future. Bridging the digital divide is essential for learners who would like to further their studies with a view to either working in the engineering, actuarial, natural sciences, information technology, and medical fields,” Sethole says.
“We are humbled to be of service to the community through the donation to One on-One Community-Based Programmes, and are pleased that the children will now have access to the tools to learn how to use computers, which is especially critical to help address youth unemployment,” says Sharlene Swart, corporate social Investment projects and funding manager.
“We hope these computers will serve as a springboard for future opportunities for the children and their communities,” she concludes.