New scheme set to raise South Africa’s ICT literacy
from MTHULISI SIBANDA in Johannesburg, South Africa
JOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) – SOME technology firms have partnered with a non-profit organisation and the government for an initiative that is poised to help advance literacy development in South Africa.
Vodacom and Huawei, together with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, have launched the initiative dubbed the e-Libraries programme.
It is an educational content application, which is freely available on Huawei tablets at the more than 60 Vodacom Information and Communication Technology (ICT) resource centres that are situated across the country.
The 400 Huawei sponsored tablets have been loaded with an exciting collection of e-book content and includes genres of African literature, history, business/entrepreneurship and fiction.
The collection, which is available in all 11 officials languages is made accessible by publishing partners Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter, FunDza and is complemented with content from the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
Vodacom Group Chief Executive Office, Shameel Joosub, said the company’s aim was to use technology to help make a difference in the communities where customers lived.
“Through this initiative, Vodacom seeks to enable learners and community members to read e-books at the centres for free,” said Joosub.
Huawei Vice President of East and Southern Africa Region, You Jiangta, said Huawei had been partnering with Vodacom to provide ubiquitous telecom network services to build a better connected world.
“We share much appreciation to our valued partners for the collaborated efforts to improve educational platforms in South Africa. At Huawei we strive to bridge the digital divide and hope the beneficiaries will capitalise on this opportunity,” said Jiangta.
Nelson Mandela Foundation, Chief Executive Officer, Sello Hatang, welcomed the programme, which is part of the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme, the company’s broader teacher development initiative.
“Nelson Mandela’s legacy has created the opportunity for us to achieve a bright future,” said Hatang.
– CAJ News
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