The Nedbank Foundation and AMD, through AMD's global 50×15 initiative that aims to provide computing capabilities and Internet connectivity to 50% of the world's population by 2015, has confirmed the opening of two additional 50×15 Learning Labs – one in Limpopo and one in Free State province.
"We made a commitment in 2007 to deliver five learning labs and are proud to say that we have achieved this, through the opening of these two additional facilities," says Reabetsoe Motsepe, head: Nedbank Group CSI. "But our work is not done yet – and the Nedbank Foundation, collaborating with AMD, is already planning future projects – how and where we want and need to deploy the next learning labs."
The learning labs, which are housed at Makgoto High in Limpopo and Lenyora High in Free State, will bring Internet access and digital educational content to the fingertips of more than three thousand learners.
"The installation of the learning lab has motivated our learners and teachers, providing new opportunities that compliment the curriculum, while broadening their horizons. I know that each school that is selected to house a learning lab will see and feel its impact on the learners; teachers and community at large," says Veronica Hoffman, department head for ICT at Dr Nelson R Mandela High in Gugulethu.
Tangible results of the impact of the learning labs include 15% to 20% increases in the marks of students at the school. It is hoped that these results will be replicated in the schools where Learning Labs have been rolled out since March 2008. These include Sol Plaatjie (North West Province); Mmabatho High (North West Province); Makgoto High in Limpopo; and Lenyora High in the Free State province.