A Dream Realised at Hyacinth Primary
The launch of the Khanya computer laboratory at Hyacinth Primary on 15 March 2006 was the realisation of their dream and it coincided with the school’s twenty-fourth anniversary.
The formal proceedings were opened by religious leaders from both the Muslim and Christian communities and the school choir sang the national anthem with gusto. Mr Anyster, the headmaster, welcomed all the guests to the function and the grade 7’s then delivered a well-informed presentation on the introduction, history, uses and development of technology. Mr Anyster thanked all the role players for their contribution to this realisation of Hyacinth Primary’s dream of joining the world of technology and welcomed even more input from the school’s partners in the future.
Mark Swartz – Khanya’s EMDC co-ordinator for the South EMDC – complimented the school, the community and the businesses who became involved in this project for being pro-active in the formation of partnerships which had made this laboratory possible. The crux of his message – creating opportunities for those in need – ran like a thread of gold through his speech. Mr Swartz and Mr Shahien Pillay, also from the Khanya Project, were presented with tokens of appreciation for their efforts at the school by Mrs Phillips.
EMDC South Director – Mr Eugene Daniels – a keynote speaker at the launch, delivered an impassioned speech on the influence technology had on the educators. This was followed by a cultural dance where the fusion of children from different cultural backgrounds was striking as they danced and sang together, a product of a ‘new nation’.
The guests, including the circuit manager, Mr Stripp, witnessed the official unveiling of the plaque outside the Khanya laboratory by Mr Daniels and then they were treated to a demonstration by the grade 7’s of Cami in action in the new laboratory. The learners involved in the demonstration were so carried away with the lesson that they finally left the laboratory at 16H30 that afternoon.
Hyacinth Primary have much to celebrate as they enter into a new era of technology aided education and they enthusiastically prepare their learners to be a part of this wonderfully exciting world.