Wipro Limited announced that it has provided Information Technology (IT) equipment to Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School situated in the Maloti community, close to Matatiele in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. This initiative is a part of a larger project with the Industrial Development Corporation’s (IDC) Whole School Development Programme.

IDC provided funds towards building the school’s infrastructure, including an Early Childhood Development (ECD) center as well as a media center that includes an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory and library. Wipro provided twenty desktop computers and a few television screens, which will be used for educational and training purposes. The Nelson Mandela Foundation contributed books for the library.

Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School is a large government school with over 2200 students from Grade R to Grade 9 and less than 70 teaching staff. The school predominantly caters to students from the Maloti community, where the school is located. Most of the students come from underprivileged backgrounds and will greatly benefit from this collaborative effort.

Wipro aims to enable technology access for rural schools in South Africa and therefore joined IDC’s Whole School Development Program in 2016. The program was launched in 2012, in association with the Department of Basic Education and Adopt-a-School Foundation.

Tebogo Molefe, head of corporate social investment (csi) at the idc said, “It is an honour to stand alongside our two project partners, Wipro and the Adopt- a- School Foundation, as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation, and hand over these facilities to Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School. Without the combined efforts of all the partners, this project would not have come to fruition.”

Vusi Mhlarhi, finance director, south africa, wipro limited said, “We are excited and honoured to be a part of this initiative. It reaffirms our commitment towards fostering an IT enabled educational eco-system in South Africa from a grassroots level.  We firmly believe that giving back to society is a vital part of our core value system. This is one of the several projects that we have implemented under IDC’s Whole School Development Programme to uplift schools in the country’s rural areas.”

He further added, “We will continue collaborating with IDC to address the issue of overcrowding and the high educators per child ratio. By this we want to ensure that every student has access to learning even in the absence of a teacher.”