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Sunnyside elibrary12 August 2016 - All thanks to Vodacom and the Vodacom Blue Bulls now community members who reside in and around the Sunnyside Teacher Centre in Tshwane will have free Internet access to an e-library.

The donation of the free e-library forms part of the Vodacom Tries for Books campaign aimed at helping advance literacy development, one of the most critical elements in the country’s education value chain.

The programme is an educational content application, which is freely available on tablets at the 61 Vodacom ICT resource centres that are situated across the country.

The e-library has been up loaded with e-books made available by publishing partners including Via Afrika, Oxford University Press, Shuter & Shooter and FunDza.

The programme forms part of the Department of Basic Education’s call for Read to Lead campaign and for every try scored by a South African team during the 2016 season Vodacom has pledged a R7 000 toward setting up an e-library that will be accessed by previously disadvantaged communities.

To date, the Pretoria rugby franchise has scored 47 tries which has resulted in a total of R329 000 going toward setting up an e-library for community members living in Tshwane Municipality.


Using technology to make a difference

Vodacom Foundation Executive head, Mthobeli Tengimfene says: “Our aim is to use technology to help make a difference in the communities where customers lives. Through this initiative, Vodacom seeks to enable learners and community members to read e-books at the centres for free.”

He says: “Access to reading material is a major challenge in South Africa. As many people do not have access to libraries and reading material, Vodacom, together with its partners, believe that we can help address this challenge by broadening access to literacy in this way.”

The Vodacom Tries for Books campaign forms part of Vodacom's broader teacher development initiative, the Vodacom Mobile Education Programme. The programme has seven components: the Vodacom Mobile Education ICT Resource Centres, the web-based Vodacom Digital Classroom education portal, the Vodacom Mobile Education Virtual Private Network, the Vodacom Mobile Education Training Programme, Vodacom e-school and Vodacom Millionaires.


To find out more about the Tries for Books campaign, click here:

More Teams. More Games. More Tries. More Books. More Knowledge. #Tries4Books #Read2Lead


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