Datacentrix: Changing lives through technology
Local infrastructure and solutions provider, Datacentrix, has donated 30 refurbished PCs and software to Skills Dynamics for the establishment of a fully-fledged computer-training centre for the community of Mbonambi, near Richards Bay.
Johan Pienaar, divisional director: infrastructure at Datacentrix, says the donation forms part of a public/private partnership, which will empower disabled people and give rural teachers access to the information highway.
"One of our clients recently upgraded its infrastructure and the computers became available - so we looked at various projects where the machines could be deployed. Skills Dynamics is a leading change agent in the KwaZulu-Natal area and, as such, is a worthy recipient."
Dudu Myeni, MD of Skills Dynamics, facilitated the project on behalf of the Department of Social Development, Department of Labour and the private sector partners - Richard Bay Minerals, Absa and BHP Billiton.
"Twenty disabled local residents are currently being trained to offer computer training to teachers from local schools at the Mbonambi Centre. The computers will revolutionise training methods, enable Internet connectivity and give access to online teaching materials. In terms of administration, teachers are now able to computerise their admission and marking systems, which are currently done manually. The project is also a life-changing experience for the disabled trainers, as most of them have never been employed before," says Myeni.
Says Pienaar: "This project is in line with Datacentrix`s desire to create sustainable jobs, reduce poverty levels and generally improve the economic and social conditions of people in previously disadvantaged communities. "
Myeni adds: "Some educators, with less or no resources, use yesterday`s teaching methods to prepare learners to meet the global challenges of tomorrow`s hi-tech world. This project aims to bridge that technological divide."
"The ultimate goal of the initiative is the creation of a profit-making training facility and resource centre for local schools and the wider community. Datacentrix and its stakeholder partners are helping people with disabilities realise their dreams of earning sustainable income and retaining their dignity," she concludes.