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LearnerLeft to right: Vutivi Tshabalala of Grade 9, Mrs Angie Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education and Mrs R. Mhaule, MEC for Education Mpumalanga. Photo by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix21 February 2015 - The Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga, officially handed over the Acorns to Oaks High School of Excellence to the Acornhoek community in Bohlabela District, Mpumalanga.

The Acorns to Oaks High School was initiated by the Buffelshoek Trust who approached Vodacom to partner with them in the construction of the school. This partnership between Vodacom, the Department of Education and the Buffelshoek Trust addresses the need for educational infrastructure development in the province and is proof of the success of public private partnerships.

The school will ultimately accommodate 900 learners and will not only focus on excellence in mathematics and science but will also accommodate learners studying commercial subjects.

 

Meaningful partnership for education

Vodacom contributed more than R7,7 million towards the construction of the state of the art school and connecting the surrounding eight schools.

Group chief officer for corporate affairs at Vodacom, Maya Makanjee says: "We have placed much emphasis on creating meaningful partnerships with stakeholders to provide access to high quality of education in our country.

Maya MakanyeeGroup Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs at Vodacom, Maya Makanjee. Photo by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix"We are delighted to have worked with the Department of Basic Education and the Buffelshoek Trust, and it is gratifying to see the fruits of our relationship come to life for the benefit of learners."

The Acorns to Oaks School High School currently has 12 classrooms including two multipurpose classrooms, one computer centre, one science lab, one media centre, one administration block, one security house and one general purpose hall and nutrition centre.

In keeping with its approach of using ICT to improve teaching and learning, Vodacom has further provided Internet connectivity to the school and created a network of linked schools, of which Acorns to Oaks is the hub.

Vodacom has also equipped and connected teacher centres in Hazyview and Glory Hill. All the teachers from the 172 surrounding schools have access to training at these centres.

 

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All photos by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix

dignatariesLeft to right: Mr R E Khumalo executive Mayor, Hosi TM Mnisiand, Mrs R Mhaule, MEC for Education Mpumalanga, Mrs A M Motshekga, Minister of Basic Education, Ms Maya Makanjee, Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Vodacom Group and Dr R Khoza, the chairman Buffelshoek Trust. Photo by Abbey Sebetha / Bakonepix

 

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