Londolozi guests help 120 students plug into the ‘cloud’
On the 19th September 2013, 120 students – including five from Londolozi – graduated in Shabalala, a rural South African village. Their achievement was huge: they were each receiving an International Computer Driving License.
That might not sound like a big deal, but most (read: nearly all) rural South African schoolchildren and adults do not have access to digital literacy education.
In fact, most rural South African schools do not have the resources to invest in computer centres; many 18-year-olds leave school without ever having operated a computer.
The graduating students had access to world-class facilities set up by the not-for-profit organisation, Good Work Foundation. The foundation operates and supports Londolozi Digital Learning Centre, Madlala Digital Learning Centre (MDLC) and Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC).
Many visitors to Londolozi Private Game Reserve have visited the Londolozi Digital Learning Centre, run by Gogo Mo Groch, but guests are also able to visit the Madlala and Hazyview centres located just outside of the Sabi Sands Game Reserve.
“Rural people are always left behind when it comes to technology,” said Shan Varty, Good Work Foundation trustee and founder of Londolozi Private Game Reserve, “but via Good Work Foundation we have provided people living in rural areas with access to digital and English literacy, as well as internationally recognised online courses. Whether it’s sending an email or enrolling in an online degree, a person living in the Sabi Sands must be able to plug into the digital cloud. Our goal remains to help individuals to become the best versions of themselves.”
“Many Londolozi guests have generously donated time and money to Good Work Foundation’s Digital Learning Centres” said Kate Groch, CEO of Good Work Foundation. “Without their support we would not be where we are today, and 120 students would not have had the opportunity to enroll in a year-long digital literacy course. To each and every guest who continues to support our initiatives please accept our heartfelt thanks.”
Written by Ryan James