African Bank has installed 100 computers across 10 schools in Tembisa and Ivory Park which are located east of Johannesburg in an initiative described as part of the bank’s National Schools Connectivity Programme.
African Bank said phase 1 of the initiative will train 700 educators to become computer literate and learn how to access limitless possibilities through the internet. “The purpose of the programme is to close the digital divide for educators, giving them the opportunity to make greater use of information technology to access teaching resources and improve administrative skills.”
The bank said the computers have been set up and networked in the schools’ secured computer rooms with wireless connectivity. The training sessions for the educators will be carried out in formal sessions by African Bank employees at African Bank and informally onsite by the project coordinator. The training will be completed by September 2014.
Addressing educators and learners at the assembly of the Phomolong School in Tembisa this morning, Executive: Retail Operations for African Bank Alfred Ramosedi noted, “The key to success with this programme comes from the dedication and time commitment of the people involved. Learning and growing can’t be switched on and so I thank the educators for taking time to learn, African Bank staff and its project coordinators for taking the time teach computer skills. The social benefit of all of your efforts will be far greater than you can perceive today”.
African Banks’ National Schools Connectivity Programme has already been successfully implemented in 20 schools in the KZN province some three years ago. Expansion of phase 1 is currently underway with 10 schools coming online. As part of phase 1, an entrepreneur from the local community was identified and is being developed and mentored to establish a small business through a pilot internet kiosk. With the assistance of the established wireless connection, this entrepreneur is already benefitting the community with her services.