Learners at Mvalo Secondary School will have an opportunity to get computer literacy skills, following a handover of 18 laptops by ZAC (Zululand Anthracite Colliery), together with Rich Steel Trading, on 31 May 2023.

The laptops were purchased with proceeds from the 5th annual ZAC Golf Day event, meant to raise funds for social upliftment projects. The initiative highlights the increasing importance for schools to incorporate computer literacy as part of the curriculum, to help learners become competitive in a digital world. The COVID-19 pandemic also accelerated the pace of digitisation, putting a spotlight on the need to implement technology in the classroom.

“It would be ideal to have every learner acquire computer skills by the time they complete their matric because this is a basic requirement for job seekers. Industries across the world are using technology to run their operations, which is why we need to ensure young people are digitally empowered before they reach tertiary education level,” says ZAC general manager, Wayne Rowe.

ZAC delivers laptops to help learners gain digital skills at Mvalo school.

He notes that the initiative forms part of the company’s commitment to support skills development among ZAC’s host communities. He thanked the headline sponsors including The PumpSmith, SA Minerals Laboratories Ithuba, Sandvik Mining, Rock Solutions as well as JA Engineering for their invaluable contribution toward making the ZAC Golf Day charity drive a success.

Lungeleni Zulu, acting principal at Mvalo, says the laptops would assist the school to set up its first functional computer laboratory. “We feel very excited to receive computers for our school. This will allow learners to do assignments, conduct research and complete tasks with confidence, as we are in the fourth industrial revolution.”

Rich Steel Trading’s auction purchase of the ZAC floating trophy at the Golf Day event was a notable contribution. The managing director of Rich Steel, Richard Ndwandwe, says the cause is close to his heart because he was also under-resourced as a learner. “To see those learners matching the standard of children who come from well-to-do families will be of great achievement for our company.”

Mvalo specialises in science, with an enrolment of 115 pupils and five teachers. Before the handover of the laptops, the school had a classroom set aside for computer studies, but they lacked equipment.

Grade 11 learner Sphephelo Nqulunga says they look forward to becoming more tech-savvy. “It will benefit us a lot, especially when it comes to working on assignments and preparing us for life after matric. This will also help our school  grow from strength to strength.”

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