The informational horizons of pupils at an under-resourced Durban secondary school will be considerably broadened following the provision of computer equipment and library books valued at R235, 000.
With class sizes averaging 40, Parkhill Secondary School, situated in Greenwood Park and serving pupils from as far away as Inanda and Umlazi, has long fought a losing battle to make its extremely limited computer and 50-book library facilities accessible to pupils for whom such resources are unavailable at home in the quest to equip youngsters to compete in the global market.
This is set to change, the result of a donation of computer and projector equipment, together with a substantial addition to the school’s library, by the South African Muslim Charitable Trust (SAMCT).
Commenting during the official hand-over of the equipment and books, SAMCT trustee, Mr Chohan said, “Computer literacy and access to the wealth of information available on the internet – especially for those for whom this is not an option at home – is now a vital part of the educational system.”
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He emphasised, “Information technology and the printed word go hand-in-glove in assisting to improve the academic performance of individual learners and, ultimately, enhance and enrich the quality of their lives, to the benefit of their families, communities and, indeed, South Africa. If our present and future pupils are to be equipped to compete effectively in the global market of tomorrow, they need an appropriate educational grounding today, inclusive of access to both the world of information available on the Internet and in the pages of reference and reading books.”
The introduction of donated IT equipment into the school’s computer room, as well as computers and projectors into classrooms was seen as a major step towards transforming these facilities into integrated one-to-one, anywhere, anytime learning environments, as is increasingly the norm world-wide.
“We are very pleased to be in a position to assist in broadening the horizons of pupils here through the donation of 30 computers, as well as a number of projectors and screens, together worth R185, 000, and library books valued at a further R50, 000. Enhancing the school’s ability to deliver an excellent and relevant education to its pupils, present and future, will prove invaluable as they progress through to the business world. We trust that the pupils in the school’s care will embrace these tools in the furtherance of their education,” said Chohan.