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Hope for Rural schools as wireless network launches

Eugene morokolo Apr 11,2014 0 Comments

DSC 0042 Copy 300x225 Hope for Rural schools as wireless network launches Schools in the rural   JT Gaetsewe District Municipality in the Northern Cape Province have received a technological boost thanks to the Department of Science and Technology’s wireless mesh network initiative.

In total 55 sites which includes 28 schools, clinics and colleges will be connected through the initiative at the geographically challenged flat area of Kuruman . The wireless mesh network technology is a cheaper method to access the internet as it requests less and cost effective architecture.

Speaking at the launch of the project, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Advocate Michael Masutha said with technology at their disposal the learner’s life will be changed for the better.  “The use of ICT has a positive impact on people’s  life and these learners here today will be living proof of that” he said at the launch held at Learamele Special School in the area.

The project which has already been successfully implemented at the Enkangala district in Mpumalanga and Sekhukhune areas in 2010 is funded by the European Union together with the Meraka institute.

The initiative is a major boost as most rural areas already struggle with the lack of facilities like modern laboratories and updated libraries.  “I am   very happy that this will change the way we study especially researches for science projects. We don’t have an excuse going forward because the internet will change our lives,” Says Bogosibotsile Potsane a grade 12   learner from  Rekgaratlile high school, a neighbouring school in the area.

Northern Cape  MEC for  Education Grizelda Cjiekella-Lecholo said the department  is  delighted that communication between schools, learners and district offices  will be improved, “ schools will be able to communicate  easily with  districts  and learners  will be empowered  through the use of technology  and we are grateful  for having  such technology in our  area,” she said.

The network infrastructure has a central point of connection and   wireless links which transfer data to different communities at a specific school.  The mesh network will then distribute the signal to the community from the host school.

“We hope the launch of this initiative will inspire learners to strive to achieve more and become model citizens in the future as technology plays an important role in education,”  Said Research Group Leader: Trusted Network Infrastructures & Services at CSIR Meraka Institute, Karel Matthee.

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