Nashua Mobile connects disadvantaged schools to a world of online learning
Nashua Mobile is introducing the Streetwise Solution online learning system to five schools throughout South Africa in line with its commitment to boosting education across the country.
The company has commissioned Psitek to introduce the Streetwise Solution to five schools in disadvantaged communities.
The Streetwise Solution is a unique text-based email and information terminal that connects underprivileged schools to live on-line information that is sourced from reputable content developers. Online encyclopedias, email, live current news, curriculum based worksheets and a host of other teachings and learning tools are brought right into the classroom.
Psitek is a company that develops solutions using cellular and wireless technology to provide access to voice, data and information services to people in under-serviced areas of the world. Nashua Mobile and Psitek have carefully chosen five schools in Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Johannesburg to benefit from the project.
On 12 February 2010 the Streetwise Solution was launched to the first school in the Western Cape as part of this project. Sigcawu Primary School, a school that has been supported by Nashua Mobile throughout the years, received 30 terminals that will service the school in order to improve teaching and learning through technology thereby increasing the pass rate.
Each school chosen for the project will receive six Streetwise sets with 30 terminals, branded Nashua Mobile carrier bags, a shared printer, and a secure storage cabinet. Comprehensive implementation and support services will be provided by a reputable community partner who will train and support a local Streetwise Champion within each school. All connectivity and hosting fees are covered by the package.
Says Teresa Badenhorst, HR director at Nashua Mobile: "Education has always formed a major part of our CSI strategy - for example, we have a longstanding relationship with Reagile Primary school in Winnie Mandela Park (Tembisa). We saw an excellent opportunity to equip pupils for the future through this project by providing access to quality online learning materials to children who needed it."
Nashua Mobile expects its rollout of the Streetwise Solution to be completed in the first quarter of 2010 ahead of the FIFA World Cup rush.
Concludes Badenhorst: "When dealing your CSI funding, it is imperative to choose initiatives that are sustainable and that have the potential to make a real long-term difference. We see the Streetwise Solution as a way to help many young South Africans secure a better future and also vehicle for Nashua Mobile to extend our ethos of legendary service to our community."