22September2018

Rural Development hands over iPads

blankThe Department of Rural Development and Land Reform handed over iPads to schools in Kakamas. Through its Comprehensive Rural Development Programme (CRDP), aims to support the poorest rural communities in their development. This includes ensuring the provision of access to basic, social and economic services.

In 2009 the Department embarked on bringing information and communication technologies (ICTs) to rural communities, in the form of ICT centres that provide access to government services and communication.

Rural Development hands over iPads

Ms Esmerelda Reid, Project Manager of the ICT Program indicated that they have learned many lessons through this program, central to these is the fact that devices could be shared amongst students and classes and across grades. The sharing of ideas and concepts encourages learning and growth among students. Ms Reid told the scholars that they need to fully utilize the "iPad" as the "creation of this project was to see how the use of appropriate technology in the learning process can be simplified"

The Speaker of the ZF Mgcawu District Municipality, Cllr ZS Mjila acted as keynote speaker. Speaker Mjila stressed that "Information Technology has become an integral and accepted part of everyday life for many people. ICT literacy is a functional requirement for people's work, social and personal lives"

Since 1994 the government has consistently worked to improve the lives of all South Africans and the promotion of socio-economic rights and education is one of those rights. The Constitution provides for the right to education for all which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.

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