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The Telkom Foundation launched the Connected Schools project in 2017, pledging over R200 million over a 5-year period with a focus on using technology to improve the quality of Mathematics, Science and English education in order to open-up opportunities for disadvantaged communities.
SAINC travelled to the Eastern Cape and Gauteng to see some of this work in action and to meet the inspiring students and passionate stakeholders making this opportunity a reality.
BB Beya has first-hand experience of the pressures of being influenced by a bad crowd. But being introduced to the Telkom Foundation Saturday school and coding program has unlocked a whole new world for this computer whiz kid, who has reconnected with his academic inspirations and has his sights set on a very bright future.
Likewise, the same applies to Asemahle, a bright-young spark whose team at school created a bus ticket app as part of their programming course. She lost her mother when she was a young girl and stays with her granny, who is a former Science and Physics teacher.
The program provides fully connected labs and device access, equipping educators to better empower their learners, and allowing learners to become skilled to operate in a technological world and receive the social support needed for their holistic personal development. A key attribute is building resilience.
Telkom Foundation also provides access to bursaries to ensure that those opportunities are accessed and optimised to the fullest; helping to facilitate the emergence of a new and powerful generation of South African innovation.
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