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IT Innovation Lab Launch at Redibone Secondary School, Mmabatho North West

Imagine being a young person from a township school in this day and age with no access to computers, internet access and a resource center to use for your school work. The direct impact of this is that you will be unskilled in ICT and unaware of global developments which limits your future potential academic and career options. The lack of such a skill will most likely hamper your chances of escaping the cycle of poverty, and subsequently limit your opportunities to advance in life. 

This is unfortunately the reality in local schools across Mmabatho and the North West Province at large, and Change the World Trust with the support of Absa decided to intervene and establish an IT Innovation Lab to develop and upskill our youth at Redibone Secondary School. On Thursday 18 February, the school hosted high level delegates including the MEC of Finance, Mrs Nelson, Director of North West Department of Education Mr Monale and Absa leadership from across the Retail, Sales and Community Investment divisions. The launch also included the School Management Team, the Governing Body, selected talented students and the Change the World team who presided over the event. 


The MEC was very pleased with the unveiling of the new lab and congratulated Redibone Secondary School for having produced a 92% pass rate for the Matriculants of 2015, and she further encouraged them to use the new computer lab for assignments and extra academic work to assist In their current studies. The delegates also enjoyed some beautiful singing from a talented group of pupils as well as an inspiring speech from one of the students, Confidence Segowa who thanked Absa for the opportunity to connect with the outside world and dream bigger than their circumstances. The leading delegate from Absa, Mr Tlhoaele encouraged all the students to take advantage of such an opportunity and seek to go above the line in everything they do so that they could become successful in their careers and serve as role models for future students of the school. 

The goal of this project is to create an environment for innovative learning through enabling young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to dream big and not be restricted by their socio-economic situations. The project is aimed at impacting over 800 school students, educators and local community youth every year until 2018. The intended outcomes are to develop a generation of ICT competent and technologically savvy young people, who can easily find jobs in the local economy and assimilate into the ever changing global economy. 

What the IT Innovation Lab project will aim to achieve is to develop a firm appreciation of technology and an understanding of the positive impact it can have in young people’s lives. The project will have a ripple effect that will filter through the rest of the local communities, create leaders and drivers of change who can overcome obstacles by harnessing technology. It will also act as a springboard for Computer Science educational programs that will be delivered by Change the World to schools in the North West Province, through the free online Hour of Code platform (www.hourofcode.co.za)

On behalf of Change the World Trust we would like to convey our sincerest gratitude to everyone who attended the event, especially the MEC, delegates from Absa, NW Department of Education and the school for hosting such an exciting and successful event.

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