BT and Unicef have launched a three-year programme to endow under-resourced schools with computers, connectivity and skills.
The companies have committed about R20-million to bring education, technology and communication skills to poor children in South Africa, Brazil and China.
In the first year, they expect to reach about 18 000 children, attending 25 schools in kwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
In addition to installing 250 computers at the schools, BT's investment will help renovate schools and build additional classrooms and computer labs.
The aim of the project is to provide children with practical ICT skills that will assist in their future economic independence and help them become skilled members of the workforce.
A primary focus of the partnership will be on creating a secure and productive learning environment, especially for girls. They will be mentored, coached and trained in communication, technology and science to gain skills in areas that are not currently well represented.
Francois Barrault, president of BT International, comments: "Those of us who have grown up with technology often take it for granted. By teaming up with Unicef and supporting the South African government's educational priorities, we hope to bring the benefits and opportunities of technology to children and young people in some of the country's most remote and poorly-resourced communities."