ALBERTON – Learners at the Katlehong Engineering School of Specialisation (SoS) in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, will now be empowered to participate in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), thanks to the donation of a computer lab.
Integrated South African metals company Alfeco Group donated the computer lab as part of the their efforts to equip youth with computer literacy skills and higher cognitive thinking, as well as creativity.
Alfeco Executive, Neil Reddy, said the company strives to empower youth so that they may gain access to opportunities that may have been beyond their reach.
“The synergy between our organistion and the school was obvious and was a direct address for future talent to join our organisation. We strive to impact the lives of children and youth on a local community scale so they may benefit from socio economic and academic funding and use garnered skills to realise opportunities they may have never reached,” he said.
Reddy added: “The agenda of upliftment and making great strides for real world opportunities is our endresult”.
The principal of Katlehong Engineering School, Jaco Opperman, described the launch of the new computer centre as an “exciting time” and hopes that the donation will enable the school to offer subjects relevant to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
“This is an exciting time for our school, for this donation will ensure that subjects such as Robotics in Manufacturing, Coding and Drone Technology are undertaken by all learners from Grade Eight.”
Kgotsofalang Mashilo, Corporate Affairs Manager at Alfeco, reiterated the importance of bridging the digital divide between underprivileged and suburban schools.
“Low income & literacy, geographical restrictions, lack of physical access to technology, and digital illiteracy contribute to the digital divide. Our contribution will not only have a positive impact on the learners but the surrounding
community as well,” said Mashilo.