An innovative initiative by government to supply modern technology equipment to disadvantaged schools in rural areas is set to change the lives of learners at these schools.
Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and her deputy Pinky Kekana on Friday launched the two Cyber Labs at the Nolitha Special School situated in Mount Ayliff and at Zinyosini Senior Secondary School situated in Ntabankulu.
Speaking at Nolitha Special School, Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams told learners about the importance of the internet and how it was going to improve their lives.
“As citizens of this country, we should not lack behind, internet is there to improve our lives and ensure that we are connected and able to communicate with the rest of the world,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.
The Minister told the learners that the computer lab and the internet will ensure that they are able to do research for their studies and that since they are connected to the internet, they will be able to communicate with the outside world.
“Freedom is not complete when rural learners are not connected or able to communicate with the outside world. As government we want to make sure that learners in the rural schools are connected and are able to communicate with the outside world,” Ndabeni-Abrahams said.
She appealed to the learners and community members to report criminals who steal the computers.
Ndabeni-Abrahams told the learners that they do not have to go to Gauteng for a better life.
“With the internet connection here, you can live a better life here without having to go to Gauteng. You