Vodacom expands training programme

Computing

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.

Vodacom's teacher training centres will be open for members of the public to use computer facilities free of charge.
Vodacom has opened a teacher training centre in Kimberley - the first of 31 across SA - aimed at integrating ICT into classrooms, and improving technology and Internet access to communities.

The training centres will be equipped with 30 laptops, a printer, interactive whiteboard and Internet connectivity. This is in addition to nine ICT resource centres launched across SA's provinces in 2011, as part of Vodacom's mobile education programme.

According to Suraya Hamdulay, head of sustainability and corporate citizenship at Vodacom, the programme is a partnership with the Department of Basic Education and is focused on ICT training for teachers across the country.

Hamdulay says Vodacom is "hoping to increase the number of teachers that are well trained in integrating ICT into the curriculum and that learners become familiar with technology as part of their experience".

"We're helping the department build their curriculum correctly to ensure they have sufficient content, which is digitised."

Microsoft, Intel, Cisco and Mindset Learn are partners in providing the software, certification, training and educational content respectively, while Vodacom is responsible for Internet connectivity and content hosting on the programme's Web site.