Multi-Choice donates computers to Onambala rural school

15 Aug 2013 06:10
WINDHOEK, 15 AUG (NAMPA) – Information and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda received a donation of four personal computers from Multi-Choice Namibia for the Onambala Junior Secondary School in the Omusati Region on Thursday.
The school has a population of 126 learners from Grades Eight to 10, and nine teachers.
Upon receiving the computers, Kaapanda said the Onambala school neither has e-learning equipment nor does the administrative office even have a computer for data-capturing.
The value of the computers is N.dollars 12 000.
He said this generous donation from Multi-Choice Namibia will make a great difference in the administration of that school, and thanked them, saying it is a big contribution towards a good cause.
On her part, Multi-Choice Public Relations and Corporate Communication Manager Katrina Sikeni said education remains a priority, and as such is the main focus of the company’s corporate social investment (CSI) strategy.
“Our investment is primarily, but not exclusively, activated through our flagship Multi-Choice Resource Centre (MRC) initiative. The programme leverages our powerful digital satellite platform to make a difference in the lives of students and teachers across Namibia,” she noted.
The MRC was established to increase and enhance access to quality educational resources.
“Through this initiative, Multi-Choice Namibia established MRCs at 300 schools across the country, and close to 11 Teachers’ Resource Centres, of which the scope of this programme is towards the development of Namibia’s human capital,” said Sikeni.
She further stated that the MRCs’ extensive reach and capabilities of the DStv digital satellite technology platform is leveraged to bring high-quality, up-to-date learning materials into schools across Africa, even at the remotest of communities.
The programme benefits teachers and pupils in both the urban and rural areas of Namibia, regardless of geography or logistics.
Included in the investment already at the Onambala Junior Secondary School are a flat-screen television and a fully-installed DStv system, which include an HD-PVR decoder, dish and smart card.
The DStv Education Bouquet, which is made available to participating schools free of charge, comprises nine premium channels.