Pretoria's Laerskool Die Heuwel hooked up to a rich universe of online educational content
Nashua Mobile, an independent telecommunications service provider, has introduced the Streetwise Solution online learning system to the Laerskool Die Heuwel in Pretoria.
The rollout at Laerskool Die Heuwel forms part of Nashua Mobile's single biggest corporate social investment (CSI) project of the year. The company has now met its promise of rolling out the Streetwise Solution to at least five schools this year. On 12 February 2010 the Streetwise Solution was launched to the first school in the Western Cape as part of this project, namely Sigcawu Primary School. Rollouts at Monokotswai in Bloemfontein, Phembisizwe High School in Ntuzuma, KwaZulu Natal and Ikusasa Comprehensive School in Tembisa followed during the course of the year.
Nashua Mobile commissioned Psitek to introduce the Streetwise Solution to schools in disadvantaged communities. Streetwise Solution is an email and information terminal that connects 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 into the classroom at a low cost.
Each school chosen for the project received six Streetwise sets with 30 terminals, branded Nashua Mobile carrier bags, a shared printer, and a secure storage cabinet. Comprehensive implementation and support services are 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 Doug Mattheus, marketing director at Nashua Mobile: "We are excited to have reached five schools with this fantastic online learning offering. Our commitment to education as a key part of our corporate social investment strategy remains as strong as ever because we believe that the youth are our country's future."
"This project has helped prepare our pupils for the future and boost pass rates. It is a much-appreciated donation," says Mr. Zamisa, Phembisizwe High School's principal.
"These learning materials will help our learners to prepare for and pass their exams," says Sigcawu Primary School's principal, Mr. Mlumbi. "It will give our pupils access to a lot information and help they couldn't get in the past."