Vista High Broadens its Horizons with Khanya Laboratory
With their eyes on a brighter future for their learners, Vista High actively pursued a partnership with the Khanya Project and proudly launched the fruit of their endeavours when they showcased their laboratory with an official launch on 7 November 2006.
The event marked the official opening of the Khanya laboratory at the school and the unveiling of a slave monument at the school. The school is built on a former brick field that had been worked by slaves in the Bo-Kaap area, an area historically connected to slave labour.
The principal, Mr Salaam, said at the function that the new laboratory would give the learners at his school the opportunities already available to learners at more advantaged schools, it would work to level the playing fields and enable them to compete from a more equal footing for employment and study opportunities in the future.
Educators are enthusiastic about utilising the technology and excited about the training they will receive from the Khanya Project in the use of ICT for curriculum delivery. Mr Dunne (Khanya Implementation Project Manager in the EMDC Metropole Central) urged the educators to capitalise on this opportunity. He added that the technology they now had available to them would revolutionise the way they taught and they now had the tools to ensure that each learner could experience and enjoy the curriculum through technology.
Bo-Kaap Civic Chairman, Mr Osman Shabodien, lauded the new laboratory at the school as a morale boost to the educators, learners, principal and community. It will enable learners to acquire more advanced skills, empowering them with the belief that they can become the doctors and engineers of the future as they now too have access to technology.
With the Khanya laboratory now functional at Vista High, learners can lift their eyes to the horizon and believe that their goals can be achieved.