BEKA Schréder shines a beacon of light to learners and the youth of Tembisa
BEKA Schréder (Pty) Ltd joined the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to hand over a computer research lab to Moipone Academy Science Centre (MASC) in Tembisa.
In 2005, Mr Joseph Taetsane, in response to the lack of information and exposure available for school learners that persisted even after his hay days of schooling, realized the need to establish a science and information center in the township of Tembisa. Little did he know that this could one day turn into a reputable science centre capable of alleviating even more social ills around his community. On the 29th of November, BEKA Schréder handed over an after-school computer research lab and became the first private entity to invest in the only science center in the East Rand. The lab will assist with access to information for school learners and much needed computer skills for unemployed youth in the community.
“Some people view technology as an evil that degrades our humanity while others see it as a way to bring the world closer together in solving a number of challenges. Regardless of the contrasting views, there’s always something good you can point at and say thank you to technology because our lives today revolve around it” said the Deputy Director General from DST, Mr Livhuwani Masevhe in attendance. His words were echoed by BEKA Schréder General Manager, Mr Wimpie Ludwick when he stressed the need for access to network and connectivity in bettering our communities by becoming active citizens in the now global village. Mr Ludwick went on to pledge extra support for MASC’s connectivity, terming it a “second phase” to the existing project – a gesture that sent the 60 strong crowd into ululations and applause.
MASC will utilize the computer lab for after-school programmes like computer literacy and in-house activity programmes, such as Robotics, using CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) to design car models for the Jaguar Primary School competition. It will also cater for school teachers where they will be taught modern ways of imparting knowledge, soft skills in office suite programs, creating data sheets and presentations. In closing the proceedings, the centre manager Mr. Taetsane alluded to how the donation by BEKA Schréder will go a long way in stimulating school learners to develop interest in pursuing ICT related careers such as IT and computer engineering.
Ms Nkele Sathekge (Ward Councillor) thanked BEKA Schréder for their outstanding support to the community of Tembisa.
“BEKA Schréder has been honoured to be part of this initiative. It is not only in line with our people values but also one of the ways in which we are giving back to the local community and the economy” concluded Mr Sibusiso Skosana.
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