Vodacom has revealed that teachers and learners in Limpopo can look forward to digital classrooms. This, according to Vodacom, is thanks to the roll-out of a countrywide e-learning programme undertaken by Vodacom in partnership with Samsung. The latest recipients of the project are Seloutjo Secondary School, Ga-matlala Limpopo.
Limpopo Education MEC, Mr Ishmael Kgetjepe unveiled the new equipment which had been given to the school and included: 26 tablets, a laptop, an interactive whiteboard, a data projector, a printer, educational aids and free Internet connectivity.
Likewise, Vodacom Business, Chief Officer, Vuyani Jarana added: “Not only does technology enable quality learning on tablets and interactive boards, it’s also becoming the cornerstone for enabling mass social progress in education which is the future.”
In the first phase rollout that ended in March 2015, Vodacom connected 371 previously disadvantaged schools across the country, equipping them with ICT tools. For the second phase, which started in August 2015, Vodacom intends to connect 700 schools nationally. In Limpopo, Vodacom aims to equip and connect 50 schools including Seloutjo Secondary School.
The e-learning solution will serve as a learning platform with free Internet access to education content for learners in grades 8 to 12 across the country. Over and above this, learners who are Vodacom subscribers will also be able to access classroom content, which is curriculum aligned on their mobile device across all major subjects, for free. This is because Vodacom has zero rated browsing on the site for its customers.
Internet connectivity is an added advantage providing learners with the opportunity to study at home. Educators are able to create lessons, schedule remote lessons and log, monitor and report on learner progress.
Jarana concluded by saying “Supporting education is a key focus for Vodacom. Vodacom e-learning reflects our commitment to weigh in and help improve the standard and quality of education in our country.”
As a lead operator in the country, Vodacom is committed to providing a host of technology equipment and services to previously disadvantaged schools. The list of schools is provided by the Department of Communication as stipulated in the amended licence obligation regulations.