Access to technology is often labelled as the main barrier to entry for digital literacy and a bevy of firms have removed that barrier at Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape.

A joint venture saw Wipro, Adopt-a-School Foundation, IDC and the Nelson Mandela Foundation enable technology access at the school.

For its part Wipro provided 20 desktop computers as well as a few television screens. The IDC provided funds to improve the school’s infrastructure including the construction of an Early Childhood Development center and an ICT laboratory and library.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation donated books to the library.

“We are excited and honoured to be a part of this initiative. It reaffirms our commitment towards fostering an IT enabled educational eco-system in South Africa from a grassroots level,” finance director at Wipro South Africa, Vusi Mhlarhi, said in a statement.

“We firmly believe that giving back to society is a vital part of our core value system. This is one of the several projects that we have implemented under IDC’s Whole School Development Programme to uplift schools in the country’s rural areas,” the director added.

Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School is a government school that caters to students from the Maloti community. Many of the 2 200 students in Grade R to Grade 9 are from underprivileged backgrounds and this collaborative effort from the aforementioned firms will benefit the student immensely.

“It is an honour to stand alongside our two project partners, Wipro and the Adopt-a-School Foundation, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and hand over these facilities to Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School,” head of Corporate Social Investment at IDC, Tebogo Molefe said.

“Without the combined efforts of all the partners, this project would not have come to fruition,” Molefe concluded.