By Susan Chibaya
Deputy Minister of Social Development Ms Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu launched a computer laboratory at Indaleni School in Richmond, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The laboratory was built in collaboration with MTN. The lab is equipped with computers to cater for deaf and autistic students to ensure that teaching and learning happen without challenges. Equipped with sign language curriculum software, the infrastructure will ensure that the kids are also exposed to programming and coding.
Ms Bogopane - Zulu further explained that the laboratory is not only for students but for parents and the community as well. Parents with deaf children can use the laboratory to learn sign language. She encouraged the students, parents and community to look after the laboratory and not abuse the computers.
Furthermore, school uniform, lockers, bicycles were donated and the MTN Foundation ensured that fencing is put around the school.
The deputy minister also engaged with the parents and principal of the school to address and discuss challenges faced by parents with children that attend the school as well as issues of non-payment of hostel fees by parents, drug and alcohol abuse by students and the lack of teaching assistance.