Jubilation as Jurie Hayes Gets Wired
There were smiles all round as learners of Jurie Hayes Primary greeted special guests Clinton Walker, Curriculum Delivery Project Manager for Khanya, and Gail and Chas Ahrends, also of the Khanya Project, at the launch of their Khanya computer laboratory.
Guests were impressed with the manner in which the learners presented themselves and the obvious pride they have in their school and in their new laboratory. In commending them on this, Mr Ahrends said that he was sure that the learners would use the technology with respect and with pride. He added that they now had the opportunity to achieve whatever they set their minds to, that education was their key and he urged them to use the opportunity presented by technology to improve their reading skills and to prepare themselves for the future.
The Khanya Project and the skills it represents have been warmly welcomed at the school. Staff are enthusiastically being trained to use the technology for curriculum delivery and learners are starting to enjoy the benefits of the educational software.
So committed to the notion of technology were the school, that when they were notified of their inclusion in the Khanya Project, the parents set about building the laboratory themselves. They were determined that nothing was to stand in the way of their children receiving access to this very powerful educational tool.
Their efforts have been well rewarded: the laboratory is complete, the enthusiasm of educators and learners is unparalleled and, as learners demonstrated to their guests at the launch, they are quickly developing the skills to use technology confidently.
Jurie Hayes Primary has taken a bold step into the world of technology, a world previously unknown and fairly daunting. They are confident that they are up for the challenge.