Soweto school empowered with computer centre

Ikaneng Primary School learners at their newly fitted computer centre, with Debbie Minaar of Legacy Foundation

With the 4th industrial revolution upon us and more new technology being introduced, it is vitally important that learners are equipped so as to keep up with the changes. Children can learn more researching skills and have access to more educational software and be empowered.

Legacy Foundation, a volunteer driven organization that seeks to empower youth in South Africa to enable them to be effective in their careers and personal lives as adults, reached out to Ikaneng Primary School in Soweto, donating computers that completed the school’s computer centre.

Legacy Foundation’s Debbie Minaar presents Ikaneng Primary School Principal, Mr Ngcobo & Deputy, Mr Makhanya, with the computer center certificate

The foundation officially opened the computer centre last Wednesday (February 26). It received a donation of second hand computers from a local business that was upgrading its computers and decided to donate the computers to a school that needed them and that would help the school improve their ELearning. 

They spotted the need of a computer centre at the Ikaneng School after the process of setting up their computer centre was unsuccessful, and decided that they would donate the computers to the school.

A dedicated team of volunteers including local contactor and volunteers from Legacy Foundation worked hard to test each machine and recondition them so that they could be used in the school’s computer centre, also making sure that the centre alarm and electrical system were running smoothly to assist with this project.

Ikaneng Primary School Principal Thulani Ngcobo receives appreciation gift from Legacy Foundation

Each computer has an updated operating system and educational software loaded so that it can be used by teachers and learners.

Deputy Principal, Mr Makhanya, who helped Legacy Foundation coordinate the project for the school said that “the computer lab is going to help the learners with their computer research skills, as well as the teaching and learning experience within the school”.

One of the volunteers, Jean Yav said, “I know we’ve done well and I believe the cause that we’ve done today will create ripples in the lives of the teachers and children in the community.”

Learners and teachers prepared items for special assembly at the computer center opening ceremony

Legacy Foundation hopes to replicate this type of project in other schools in the Joburg area and invites corporates to partner with local schools to empower learners today which will have an impact on their lives tomorrow.

By Yami Nhlenyama