Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Local high school takes part in global project

By Tarryn Le Chat
11 April 2007

A high school in Gugulethu has taken part in a global project which aims to provide pupils in poor communities with the latest in what technology has to offer.

The project had been launched in 2004 at a World Economic Forum annual meeting.

The main aim is to enable affordable internet access and computing capability for 50% of the world’s population by the year 2015.

Nelson Mandela High School in Gugulethu in one of seven schools in South Africa earmarked for the project.

When the new term begins next week, they will have access to a fully fitted computer centre with hi-tech electronic devices.

According to reports, the deputy principal, Owen Molakeng, says it will be the first time that pupils will use the internet. Teachers will also be using the computers for activities and lesson planning.

After hours, the computers will be made available to members of the community.

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