A first for e-learning and Internet in South Africa

Alcatel-Lucent and Telkom Foundation have collaborated on the establishment of an e-learning centre and Internet café at Grassy Park Senior Secondary School in Cape Town, South Africa.

This new centre will provide students with free access to high-speed Internet service, and will further boost access to advanced communications services to the school’s neighbouring communities. This project, a key component of Alcatel-Lucent’s corporate social responsibility programme in South Africa, will provide funding to support the school and its community by setting-up a fully equipped e-learning centre with DSL connectivity for a better learning experience for scholars and for easy Internet Access to the surrounding community. The centre will be equipped with the latest high-performance computers, high-speed Internet access, and a complete set of learning facilities and tools. It will be able to accommodate about 25 students at a time. “This initiative is part of Alcatel-Lucent’s Corporate Social Investment program, which places education high on its agenda, with a view toward developing local talent and providing better learning opportunities for underserved areas,” said Alcatel-Lucent South Africa’s Managing Director, Mervin Kamoetie. “We believe that young people must have access to information technology during their formative years so that, as a country, we can be competitive globally." Grassy Park High School serves a disadvantaged community in Cape Town with the vision to be a community-based school that contributes to the development of the country by providing educational services to young students as well to adult learns.

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