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Vodacom visits Lady Frere ICT Resource Centre

Maya vist_youth_thumbnail17 April 2013 - To great excitement of the Centre staff, on 16 April Vodacom's Chief Officer: Corporate Communications, Maya Makanyee arrived at the Centre for a brief visit.
Maya Makanjee_visitMaya Makanjee, Vodacom and Chule Bula, CES Curriculum Lady Frere District address the participants of the training17 April 2013 - To great excitement of the Centre's staff, on 16 April Vodacom's Chief Officer: Corporate Communications, Maya Makanyee arrived at the Centre for a brief visit.

School visits 

The day started with a visit to a school called Gqebenya JSS together with the Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga, for a launch of a 10 Million Breakfast project by Tygerbrand. This is not one of the schools where there is Vodacom equipment, but when she saw the school and met with the School Management Team (SMT), Ms Makanyee promised that the school will also be included in the Vodacom project. This is such a good thing for the school.

The visitors then moved on to a Vodacom school called Mtirara SSS, where one teacher made a demonstration on the use of the Interactive dual board through a Maths lesson with Grade 12 learners. The Minister addressed the Grade 12 learners, motivating and advising them to work hard to increase the pass rate.

Lady Frere ICT Resource Centre

Ms Makanyee proceeded to the Vodacom ICT Resource Centre in Lady Frere and was given a tour of the building. She witnessed a lesson by one of the Centre trainers for a group of unemployed youth. She interacted with the group, motivating and encouraging them to make use of the Internet in searching and applying for jobs.

In a meeting with the ICT centre staff the impact of the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme was discussed; how teachers are benefitting as well as the aspirations and challenges the Centre has to deal with. This was a great opportunity for the Centre staff; a short report about the Centre was handed over.

Indwendweziyabukwa

The Lady Frere Vodacom ICT Resource Centre staff believes that Ms Makanyee was happy with what she saw and experienced on the day. It was her first time to be on this side of the country. In Isi-Xhosa we say 'Indwendweziyabukwa' referring to the fact that Xhosa people appreciate, welcome and love visitors. So we are always happy to be visited at the Lady Frere District.

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