Global information technology firm Wipro, in partnership with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has provided Information Technology (IT) equipment to Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School situated in the Maloti community, close to Matatiele in the Eastern Cape.
This initiative is a part of a larger project with the IDC’s Whole School Development Programme.
IDC provided funds towards building the school’s infrastructure, including an Early Childhood Development (ECD) centre as well as a media centre that includes an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory and library.
Wipro aims to enable technology access for rural schools in South Africa and therefore joined IDC’s Whole School Development Programme in 2016.
The programme was launched in 2012, in association with the Department of Basic Education and Adopt-a-School Foundation.
The information technology company provided twenty desktop computers and a few television screens, which will be used for educational and training purposes. The Nelson Mandela Foundation contributed books for the library.
IT-enabled educational eco-system
Tebogo Molefe, head of corporate social investment at the IDC said: “It is an honour to stand alongside our two project partners, Wipro and the Adopt- a- School Foundation, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and hand over these facilities to Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School. Without the combined efforts of all the partners, this project would not have come to fruition.”
Vusi Mhlarhi, finance director, South Africa, Wipro Ltd said, “We are excited and honoured to be a part of this initiative. It reaffirms our commitment towards fostering an IT-enabled educational eco-system in South Africa from a grassroots level. We firmly believe that giving back to society is a vital part of our core value system. This is one of the several projects that we have implemented under IDC’s Whole School Development Programme to uplift schools in the country’s rural areas.”
Mhlarhi added: “We will continue collaborating with IDC to address the issue of overcrowding and the high educators per child ratio. By this, we want to ensure that every student has access to learning even in the absence of a teacher.”