Cloudseed installs PC lab at Lesirane school
Cloudseed Company has installed a new PC lab as part of the Adopt-A-School initiative, which has saved the Botswana government P160 million since its inception in 2011.
Cloudseed Company is an ICT joint venture established for the purpose of giving effect to the Gauteng Online Program by means of providing 2 200 schools in Gauteng, South Africa, with internet connectivity. In Botswana, they have pledged to take care of the internet services and built a fully equipped laboratory to promote ICTs in Lesirane Primary School.
Speaking at the official launch of the computer lab at Lesirane Primary School in Mogoditshane, the Assistant Minister of Education and Skills Development, Patrick Masimolole, said the computer laboratory was a crucial resource for teaching and learning. “My ministry advocates a system of quality education that is able to adapt to the changing needs of Batswana. I am very happy that Cloudseed shares this vision with us and saw it fit to invest in one of our schools to try and drive our mandate of providing all schools with computers and computer based communications such as internet services,” Masimolole said.
Masimolole said the company had not only equipped the students with ICT knowledge, but also given them a chance to experience and create an interesting platform for learning. Thus he said learning would forever be interesting and enjoyable for Lesirane teachers and pupils.
Education Hub representative Billy Loeto observed that the ministry was currently facing numerous challenges, and appealed to the residents to provide facilities, human resources and materials.
The Adopt a School initiative, launched in November 2011 by MoESD Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, called for internationalisation of education through partnerships of the community, individuals and private institutions with the ministry of education for the sole purpose of achieving the mandate of quality education in the country.
Loeto explained that so far, a number of companies have extended a helping hand, citing one company that has decided to construct libraries and computer laboratories for schools as part of their social responsibility.
Cloudseed Company donated 25 computer work stations in a classroom availed by Kweneng District Council and installed a satellite connection, 30 Wyse Clients, 25 LCD screens, sound splitters, Wyse brackets, and one teacher’s desk, among others.
Additional installation for the laboratory includes all the electric reticulation in the lab, palisade fence around the satellite, air conditioning in the lab and free internet services for a period of 12 months. Students will lock-in with their own user names and email addresses. The equipment is estimated at P243 000.