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DEAF LEARNERS RECEIVE SPECIALISED COMPUTERS


Deputy Minister of Social Development Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu (Middle) MEC Hoffman Galeng (At the Back) and Rustenburg local municipality councilor John Molobi pictured at the handover of computer laboratory at Kutlwanong school for the deaf.

The Principal of Kutlwano School for the Deaf, Jessey Ramokobye acknowledged the donation of specialised computers to her school as a great relief that came at the right time when the school could not afford to buy computers in bulk to cater for 246 learners.
“We are so grateful to receive specialise computers from the authorities. This is a form of motivation to learners, teachers and the school governing body. Our learners would acquire the skills from these important amenities,” Ramokobye said.
On Monday, Deputy Minister of Social Development and North West MEC for Social Development Hoffman Galeng, officially opened a refurbished 21 seater computer laboratory at the Kutlwanong school for the deaf. The laboratory worth R700 000 is fitted with 21 computers, multi-functional printer, data projector, interactive white board and data connectivity for 24 months.
Iteko Special School in Rustenburg also received interactive white boards, keyboards and 50G once off of data
“Deaf people are able to become whatever they choose to be, be it Engineering, Science or any other field of study. All we need to do as government is to lay a frim foundation from an early stage of their education. Government has to send sign language interpreters to Universities, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu said to the loud cheers of parents and leaners who attended the event.
Bogopane-Zulu who promised to visit the school again in January 2019, hailed the partnership between her department and MTN Foundation, citing that it would go a long way in equipping disabled learners with computer skills. Parents, Bogopane-Zulu said should learn sign language interpreting for free from the laboratory.
During the event MEC Hoffman Galeng extended profound thanks to MTN for making that they plough back to the communities through their corporate social responsibility programme. He said he would also deploy a social worker to assist learners.
MTN Foundation’s donations of specialized computers to people with disabilities in the province is not a new thing. In March 2016 they established a computer laboratory to provide training to disabled youth, partially sighted, blind and deaf persons at Itsoseng handicraft centre.
The laboratory worth R700 000, has an interactive internet connectivity, 28 specialised computers, braille printer, electronic board and a big touch screen for partially sighted people.
Bogopane-Zulu said through their partnership with MTN they will handover computer laboratories in other provinces to equip learners with computer skills.