Vodacom, in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education, has provided an e-learning connectivity solution in Umlazi.

The project will help enhance teaching and learning outcomes in the province through the use of information and communication technology (ICT). And the goal is to contribute to the transformation of teaching and learning through the use of technology in the classroom.

The schools have been equipped with laptops, an interactive whiteboard, a data projector, a printer, educational aids and Internet connectivity. The community will also have access to the centre and will be able to use the internet and make use of the e-learning content.

Vodacom Business, Chief Officer, Vuyani Jarana says: “Our teachers achieve so much in what are often difficult circumstances, so one can just imagine what is possible if they are supported with the latest equipment and training. It’s a privilege to be part of the e-learning initiative and to make use of Vodacom’s innovative technology to help unlock the true potential of learners in KZN.”

Bridging the knowledge gap

KZN has more than 6,000 schools in its provincial responsibility. The majority of these schools, especially those in the rural areas, do not have access to ICT, creating a knowledge gap that prejudices the learners and teachers in the province.

NP Nkonyeni, KZN MEC, says: “As technology advances, it is important for the Department to take advantage of such developments and improve the quality of teaching and learning in the province. We also need to make it easy for both parents and learners to access educational content anytime, anywhere and through any device.”

For the last 20 years Vodacom has been working to address some of the country’s most pressing humanitarian challenges by using mobile technology as a basis for innovative solutions. Since 2009, Vodacom, through the Vodacom Foundation, has connected a total of 893 schools and 40 teacher centres across the country. This year, Vodacom will connect a further 20 teacher centres nationally. The company has also worked with the Gauteng Department of Education on the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP), which recently won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award.