BT supports Infinite Family computer lab in South Africa

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BT announced the opening of Infinite Family's mentoring laboratory in Johannesburg, allowing township teenagers to interact with role models who teach, discuss, challenge and encourage. Infinite Family's volunteer video mentors are located in 58 countries, including South Africa, and 39 US states.

This containerised facility uses technology provided by BT to give teenagers access to high performance video-conferencing, enabling them to engage with their mentors around the world, share video and get help with homework remotely by using modern collaboration tools.

The laboratory is the brainchild of Amy Stokes, founder of Infinite Family, a US-based organisation that connects communities ravaged by HIV/AIDS in South Africa with employees and individuals through internet mentoring. The new facility is a prototype and is funded by BT.