Kruisrivier Primary Bridges the Gap
The launch of the Khanya computer laboratory at Kruisrivier Primary – timed to coincide with the celebration of the school’s eightieth birthday – is a huge step towards the school bridging the digital gap between their learners and learners at other schools who have ready access to technology.
The launch was attended by a host of special guests, including ex-principals – Mr M du Preez (1945 – 1975), Mr R Steyn (1935 – 1944) and Mr E Hill (1979 – 1993), ex-learners – the Joseph family, of whom eleven attended the school – and circuit managers currently working with the school.
The launch was a blend of the old and the new as the ex-principals shared stories long forgotten and the welcomed the partnership with the Khanya Project that will ensure that learners at this farm school will keep abreast of developments in the rest of the world.
Past learners proudly indicated that the education they had received at Kruisrivier Primary had stood them in good stead when they reached high school and the job market and they pledged their continued commitment to the school.
The Khanya laboratory was blessed by Bishop Harker and was officially opened by Christelle Barkhuizen, Khanya’s District Co-ordinator in the Eden region, and the principal, Ms Sylvia Horn. Ms Horn only had praise for the technology which allows each learner to progress at his/her own pace, allowing learners to feel good about themselves and thereby developing their self-confidence.
Entertainment in the form of drama presentations by the learners was well-received by the guests whereafter all learners were treated to a tasty celebratory snack and guests partook of tasty treats.
Kruisrivier Primary has a longstanding tradition of community involvement that they hope to further develop with their Khanya computer laboratory through a computer literacy programme that will be offered to members of the community.
Technology provided by the Khanya Project is the bridge and learners at Kruisrivier Primary are confident that they will soon be using it effectively to cross over and become competent and confident users of technology.