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Vodacom opens ICT resource centre

Audra Mahlong Jun 13,2012 2 Comments

Creecy B Vodacom opens ICT resource centreVodacom, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), has opened the third of its nine provincial ICT Resource Centres, as part of the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme.

The centre, situated in Sunnyside, Tshwane is expected to provide up to 1 400 teachers in the district with better access to quality instruction resources and ICT.

“Through the programme teachers will have access to content, teacher aids and resources available through the cloud, and receive training in ICT skills,” says head of innovation and partnering at Vodacom, Portia Maurice.

Introduced in October last year,  the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme  was developed to help the DBE meet its goal of exposing a significant number of learners to ICT and to upgrade the quality of instruction by giving teachers throughout South Africa access to the highest quality teaching resources.

“Improving the quality of education is mission critical for the future of South Africa and skilled teachers are a key element of the education value chain,” says Maurice.

The schools, buildings and teachers have been identified by the Gauteng Department of Education while all the technology elements are supplied by Vodacom and its partners. As part of the program, the department has also identified 20 schools in the area for specific teacher training in maths and science.  

The centre is connected to Vodacom’s head office in Midrand through a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which serves as a pipeline for information that connects and delivers content to participating schools and teachers and provides a platform that promotes access to learning anytime and anywhere. 

“The establishment of this computer centre is in line with government’s commitment to making schools resource rich environments that also promotes the use of modern information and communication technologies to improve maths and science teaching in the classroom,” says Barbara Creecy, Gauteng MEC of Education at the opening.

The Tshwane centre has been fully equipped with a computer room housing 50 computer terminals, educational aids, internet connectivity and training facilities.

Vodacom has committed to supplying content hosting and free internet connectivity for the next three years. Connectivity includes the establishment of a controlled gateway to the Internet for each province. This will allow for easy communication among the teachers.

E-learning service providers, Microsoft, Cisco and Mindset, have partnered with Vodacom to provide the centres with software, programme content, certification and training, and educational curriculum content.

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  • mandilakhe

    why you guys you promises people with thing that they cant not afford to give cz here in westernt cape we promise after we finished the course will getting jobs

  • mandilakhe

    why you dnt give stundent little money so that they can be freely to attend the course