Cell C has announced its Cell C Schools Technology Challenge, where 100 maths and science learners from 15 high schools around Port Elizabeth, East London and King Williamstown will battle it out for the 2011 title.

Run in conjunction with The Maths Centre for Professional Teachers, popularly known as the Maths Centre, the initiative challenges learners to design and build a communication device which will speak to a blind and a deaf person, based on the learners’ maths, science and technology curriculum.

Learners have been preparing for the challenge since July this year. Cell C equipped them with a fully resourced toolkit which enabled the learners to execute this assignment. They had to work in teams to ensure that they are able to present their device, as well as showcase how it operates. Three independent judges from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University have been appointed to adjudicate the competition.

“Education remains a fundamental tool for our country to move forward and one of the developmental areas that form part of the Millennium Development Goals. Our educational initiatives are therefore, all geared towards helping schools, particularly previously disadvantaged schools improve their quality of teaching and learning for improved and sustained learner performance,” says Mercia Maserumule, Cell C’s corporate social investment manager.

The Maths Centre is a non-profit organisation of excellence in mathematics, science, technology and entrepreneurship education. It equips teachers, learners and parents with learning materials, tools and programmes in order to develop a higher competency and performance in these learning areas for Grades R – 12 in South Africa.

“Our choice to partner with the Maths Centre was deliberate, simply because of their expertise and long standing reputation of proven delivery of educational projects. We are happy that together, we can make a difference to learners from underprivileged schools.” says Maserumule.

The winning team will wake away with a printer and a scanner for their school.