Demystification as Spes Bona Launch Technology
With the launch of their Khanya computer laboratory on 31 August 2006, Spes Bona Secondary is set to demystify technology and help their learners to control and reshape their world.
The launch function, held at the school, was attended by members of the Khanya team in the Central EMDC – Mr Charles Pearce (Khanya co-ordinator), Noel Dunne (Khanya implementation project manager) – and Mr Anthony Pietersen, Director of the EMDC Central as well as members of the school’s governing body.
Mr Abu Solomons, Principal of Spes Bona Secondary, expressed the appreciation of the learners and educators to all the parties who had been instrumental in realising the school’s dream of joining the world of technology. The access to technology that the learners will now enjoy will open many doors for them – in terms of their learning and their future employment.
The governing body, according to chairperson Cedric Sikenaris, is fully committed to this new direction at the school and will ensure that the necessary funds are raised and channelled to it for it to be sustainable.
Learners and educators at Spes Bona are looking forward to using the laboratory optimally and the Chairperson of the Representative Council of Learners, Nomakhaya Mbelu, confidently expressed her view that the technology would improve the quality of their education and would bring light – true to the Khanya spirit - to every learner at the school.
Spes Bona has been identified to become a Focus School and will face many challenges as it prepares itself and its staff to fulfil this new role. The enthusiastic and energetic way in which they committed themselves and their resources to the establishment of their Khanya laboratory suggests, said Mr Anthony Pietersen, that they will manage the transition well. Mr Pietersen stressed that the learners now had the tools to empower themselves to be competitive in a global society and he urged the school to continue to develop its partnerships with business which he believes will in the long run benefit not only the learners but the community too.
The laboratory was officially opened by Mr Pietersen and Mrs Rugaya Jakoet ended the proceedings with warmly expressed thanks to everyone.