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HX1F2587Vodacom Group Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee 12 January 2015 - On 5 January Vodacom launched its education portal called Vodacom e-school at the Department of Basic Education's 2014 top matriculants breakfast event that took place at its head office in Midrand.

The Vodacom e-school will serve as a learning platform with Internet access to education content for all grades 10-12 high school South African learners. Vodacom plans to extend this to grades eight and nine in the next 12 months.

Through Vodacom's e-school, learners who are Vodacom subscribers will now be able to access content, which is curriculum aligned, on their mobile device across all major subjects, free of charge, as Vodacom has zero rated browsing on the portal for its customers.

The top matriculants breakfast is an annual event where the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and the Deputy Minister, Mohamed Enver Surty meet with the country's top performing matriculants to celebrate their outstanding results. It is an opportunity to interact and find out what the learners are planning for the future.

 

Supporting education

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 12.30.51 PMVodacom Group Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says: "The Vodacom e-school project is in line with Vodacom's ongoing drive to help provide ICT tools and Internet connectivity to communities that do not have access. By providing access to Internet services to improve the standard of education, Vodacom is able to support learners throughout the school year."

Makanjee says: "We know that many learners in our country often do not have access to learning material such as textbooks, which makes excelling at school more difficult. Through the Vodacom e-school platform, we can help address this challenge.

"As an investor in the country and a long term partner of the Department of Basic Education, our goal is to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to some basic tools to help enhance their learning outside the classroom.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 12.32.07 PM"Most learners have access to cell phones, laptops or tablets in one way or another,
but may not have adequate data. Having free access to our education content portal will now help remove the barriers to e-learning."

All that users need do is visit Vodacom.co.za/e-school from their cell phone, tablet or laptop to register. Thereafter, they will enjoy unlimited access to education content. For those who are not customers of Vodacom, data charges by their service providers will be incurred for logging on to the site.

"Learners can now complete lessons from their school syllabus to help them improve their marks. They can also track their progress and see how they are performing compared to other students in a fun, easy and interactive way," she says.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 12.32.48 PM"Supporting education is the main focus of the Vodacom Foundation. Vodacom e-school reflects our commitment to help improve the standard and quality of education in our country."

 

Other free education content

Some of the other educational websites which are available free of charge for Vodacom users until 31 March 2015 include:

 

Social investment programmes

Other Vodacom Foundation social investment programmes include:

  • The Mobile Education programme, which is Vodacom's holistic approach to ensuring sustainable benefit to educators and learners by providing Internet connectivity, ICT equipment, content and teacher training through 40 ICT centres across South Africa.
  • School Connectivity is aimed at providing Internet connectivity to schools across the country.
  • The Vodacom Bursary Scheme supports learners by providing bursaries primarily in the science and technology fields.
  • Vodacom Millionaires donates up to four computer centres to public schools in South Africa every month.
  • Vodacom also supports the Department of Basic Education in its food security programme to help enhance learner nutrition in schools during Mandela Month.

 

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