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Vodacom gives farm school in rural Mpumalanga first library and access to internet

Friday, 27 January 2012

Today, Vodacom donated a fully- equipped out library to a rural farming school in Mpumalanga. Not only will the Thwahlele Primary School benefit from new books, Vodacom has also given three refurbished computers, a printer, Britannica Software as well as internet connection; providing direct access to the internet and much needed educational material for the community.

"The power of the internet is invaluable and connectivity has the potential to transform education and accelerate economic and job growth in this country," says Andries Steenkamp Regional Head of Vodacom in the Mpumalanga region.

The Thwahlele Primary School had no established library, with the nearest public library 50km away in the town of Ermelo. There are currently 653 students enrolled for the current year in the school with 21 educators.

"We are proud to be able to donate computers, printer, Britannica Software as well as the much needed library books to the Thwahlele Primary School.  This library will ensure better education and access to information for learners and the community as a whole," Steenkamp said.

Vodacom has also ensured that the library has 12 months basic internet access. This is part of Vodacom's commitment to ensuring that more community members are able to leverage the information, access and contact that the internet provides.

 "We believe that technology will play a bigger role in education in the future.  Already both learners and teachers are starting to use their mobile phones to supplement their learning and it makes sense to extend this to areas that don't have access to the internet," says Steenkamp.

Studies have shown that a 10% increase in internet access adds 1.3% to a country's GDP growth and Vodacom is committed to helping develop this opportunity to grow the economy and improve the lives of all South Africans.

Vodacom works closely with technology companies, NGOs and all levels of government to find innovative ways to apply its technology and expertise to accelerate and broaden the delivery of educational training, solutions and services.


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