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Cell C and Mpumalanga Department of Education Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide with a Digital Lab at Phumzile Secondary School

Monday, 7 March 2022

Cell C and Mpumalanga Department of Education Partner to Bridge the Digital Divide with a Digital Lab at Phumzile Secondary School

Monday, 7 March 2022, Mpumalanga – Cell C. together with the Mpumalanga Department of Education, handed over a fully equipped digital lab to the Principal, School Governing Body (SGB) and learners of Phumzile Secondary School in Vlaklaagte, Mpumalanga on Friday, 4 March 2022.

Cell C renovated one of the classrooms at Phumzile Secondary School, which was previously used as a storeroom, turning it into an inspiring digital lab. The digital lab is kitted out with devices such as laptops, screens, tablets for the learners, a projector, printer, server, trolley solution to provide secure storage and ultra-safe recharging for multiple devices, power points for network cabinet and more. This includes new functional desks, chairs, flooring and a refreshed paint job. The digital lab will also be connected giving learners access to the internet, and in addition, the teachers and pupils will be trained on the use of the hardware and software.

South Africans as the rest of the world, have been required to migrate online as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic that tilted the world on its axis in 2020. For some, adopting remote working, e-learning and interacting online was a seamless transition, however, for millions of South African households, online migration was not as easy.

Lethiwe Hlatshwayo, Executive Head: Corporate Affairs and Communications at Cell C says, “Apart from access to digital devices and a stable and consistent internet connection, many do not possess the digital skills required to operate in the online world and as Cell C we have focused our various interventions in our communities on developing these skills.”.

Cell C has been on a mission to bridge the digital divide not only through its community work, but also a deliberate network strategy to improve connectivity quality and coverage but by ensuring access to affordable connection through value offers available in the market,

For sustainable impact in communities, partnerships are a key component in bridging the digital divide, hence the partnership with the Department of Basic Education.

Bonakele Majuba, MEC for Education at Mpumalanga Department of Education says, “Partnerships with corporate citizens such as Cell C are critical in achieving the Government’s digital imperatives and ensuring the nation is a technological player on the global stage. Education is the first stepping stone so that our children can grow up with the necessary skills and resources. We are excited by what Cell C has done at Phumzile Secondary School because it will not only benefit the learners at the school but the community in its entirety because the learnt skills can be shared and passed on.”

“Digital inclusion is an ongoing commitment that cannot be neglected and pushed aside considering where the world is and where it is going. Technology is our present and our future,

it is the driver of socio-economic solutions whether education, healthcare or environmental” Majuba added.

Early exposure of children to technology and digital skills will go some way to address the divide that is still present in our country and with this support and partnership with government we want to contributing to taking child along into a connected world.,” concludes Hlatshwayo.

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