It was a joyous occasion last Friday when the SA Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation handed over a computer lab to Isilemela High School in Langa.
The lab consists of 51 computers.
The school believes that libraries and computer labs play a critical role in making teaching and learning conducive for pupils.
SAME chief executive officer and chairman, Trevor Pols, said their goal is to give children in extremely poor communities the opportunity to reach their full potential by providing the necessary learning resources. He said they hoped the donation of the lab would make an impact on the school’s academic performance.
He said over the years they have partnered with various institutions and organisation in ensuring that they deliver on their mandate. They have donated science and computer labs across the country.
“I want to see all schools having all the required teaching and learning tools,” said Mr Pols.
“Every child deserves to receive quality education. We want to be among those who make a difference in our communities. We want to see every child excel in their academic performance. We want these children to become better leaders and agents of change.”
He said they evaluate and monitor the impact of the lab and don’t just walk away after donating it.
If they notice that the school uses the lab effectively then they come back and assist with other learning tools.
Principal Isaac Sijula said the school was excited to receive the computer lab, which would help to improve teaching and learning.
He said not having a computer lab makes it difficult for their pupils to conduct research. He believes the lab would improve the school’s academic performance and inspire their pupils to achieve more.
He said they would treasure the lab and look after it. However, Mr Sijula said the school was still need of a science lab.
Grade 10 pupil, Kave Anna, said they were extremely proud as pupils to receive such a lab.
Kave said they will no longer be forced to walk long distances to libraries and internet cafés to conduct research. She urged the foundation to continue with their good deeds and help other schools.
School government body chairperson, Mfusi Zonke, said they were excited to see other people invest in the school. He said this clearly shows they care about the future of their children. Mr Zonke challenged the foundation to do more in the school and return to plough back again.