Nov 29, 2021

MTN Unveils ICT Centre To Rescue Visually Impaired Students

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MTN Foundation and the department launched a 40-seat state of the art ICT Centre at Sekhukhune TVET College.

FILE PHOTO: Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, MTN Foundation General Regional Manager, Mr Kagiso Moncho, and the TVET representatives during the handover of the ICT Centre for the visually impaired students. PICTURE: Supplied

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LIMPOPO: Mr Manamela assured the continuation of accommodating learners despite their physical limitations.

The Department of Higher Education, Science and Innovation together with MTN Foundation launched a 40-seat state of the art ICT Centre at Sekhukhune TVET College.

“Our passion is to skill the students for the latest technology,” says Mr Kagiso Moncho MTN Limpopo Regional General Manager.

In support of e-learning and technology skills development, MTN Foundation and the department of higher education, science and innovation led by Deputy Minister Mr Buti Manamela had joined hands on Thursday [20 May] in unveiling a 40-seat state of the art ICT Centre at the Sekhukhune Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) College in Limpopo, CS Barlow Campus.

With hopes to adapt to the needs of learners who are visually impaired, Mr Manamela assured the continuation of accommodating learners despite their physical limitations.

“Having an ICT centre is an opportunity for all students, regardless of their capabilities, to use it effectively so that when they come out, they have not only the qualifications but exposure.”

“Last year when President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the first lockdown, we were all put in a position where we had to look into ways and means within which we were delivering both learning and teaching in our universities and TVET colleges.

“With the Ministerial Task Team on PSET response to COVID-19, comprised of all stakeholders at PSET sector, we look at how we can best ensure that students, not only survive the academic year 2020, but also we saved the academic itself,” said Mr Manamela.

Mr Manamela believes that technology played an important role in ensuring that the department delivered learning and teaching to students to wherever they were and has urged students to take care of the multimedia centre.

“Ideally, most, if not all, students should have access to technological gadgets, laptops, computers so that learning and teaching becomes easier. This is quite a generous contribution by MTN and all we want to say is that, let’s make effective use of it.

“Let’s make sure that we get as much out of this as possible. It’s not MTNs and it’s not the DHET property it’s now your property, which you must hand over to those who will be coming in next year or semester, so you must take care of it,” he added

“[The] Foundation is fully committed in connecting the country to modern technology. Our passion is to skill the students for the latest technology and hands-on work experience,” said Mr Moncho

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