Paperless classroom for North West rural school

Image courtesy GeoffreyWhiteway/

Image courtesy GeoffreyWhiteway/

Moefi High School in Mabaalstad outside Rustenburg has become the first rural school in the North West province to switch to a digital classroom.

The school received 56 tablets for its 52 Grade 12 pupils on Thursday.

Kgosi (Chief) Edward Moefi Mabalane, through his foundation Mabalane’s Haven of Hope, partnered with the private sector to secure the technology that would be used in the new classrooms.

Tech to Teach has sponsored the tablets, two interactive boards and two laptops while Pearson Education would ensure that the tablets were loaded with learning content and Korana technologies would supply brand new desks and chairs for both classrooms.

The school was built in 1984 and has 18 classrooms and over 400 pupils in Grades 8 to 12.

“Although this is a small first step, it is a significant milestone in that, not only will it benefit this first group of learners in preparing them for a world that is increasing technological but most important it is hoped that this initiative will inspire others in our area to actively pursue such partnerships so that more learners can participate,” said Mabalane.

Grade 12 learner Reabetswe Segonyane, 17, said the technology would make learning easy and fun.

“I am excited this will make things easy for us. It was difficult using text books as most of the time we were forced to share a text book,” he said.

He said with the tablet he would be able to study alone at home and improve his work.

“With these tablets we are going to produce a 100 percent pass rate for this year.”


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