Access to quality education and resources remains a critical need across Africa, and whilst technology may provide ready online solutions, most secondary schools simply don’t have any. Technology exists in an eco-system and ICT can only provide value when all parts of this eco-system and established and working. The physical, technical and human resources are just not there. A safe, clean, cool space with enough desks, plugs and electricity to start. Then technical support services and capable teachers who know how to integrate technology into their subject matter teaching.
Group SED spend in supporting the communities in which we operate has historically been disparate and spread widely from orphan and child care to donations to the elderly and other programmes. It’s our intention to focus this around the central theme of education. We believe this to be foundational to our future and to loosening the grip of poverty. The PnS Group partnered with the Potato Foundation to sponsor the building of a computer centre at Generaal Beyers Primary in Danville Pretoria, which was proudly declared open at the end of September 2021.
The computer centre was the dream of the late headmaster Mr. George Parker who wanted the children in his care to expand their horizons and life opportunities. The intention is that the centre will be used for lessons during the day, for Robotics and Coding extra-mural activities in the afternoons and then on select evenings be open for the wider school community and parents to use, to learn new skills and build better job prospects. The ripple effect of this investment in the community will be felt for years to come.
“This is the kind of social impact that drives us to do what we do, and we could not be prouder to have been able to play a part in the creation of this centre and what it represents – the building of potential, of pride and hope.” – Glenn Brauns, PnS Group CEO
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