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Principal Solani Ngobeni, with Ritshidisitswe Mole, at a new computer. Photo by Kopano Monaheng  ~ 

THERE’S no way that, in this age, we can excuse computer illiteracy among children – but schools need to get the proper equipment first.

That is why Dr Richard Maponya, owner of Maponya Mall Group in Soweto, donated a computer lab to Motjoli Primary School to make sure that its children can operate computers.

The donation took place last month at the mall’s 10th anniversary celebration.

No fewer than 11 Joburg schools have so far benefitted from the mall’s celebrations with 10 other schools from around Joburg getting R10 000 each.

Solani Ngobeni, principal of Motjoli Primary in Klipspruit, Soweto, said: “We used to use Gauteng online but that went offline in 2014. That was the last time we were able to teach about computers.”

Solani said children could only become computer literate if they are taught how to operate computers on computers.

“Without computers and internet, kids struggle to do research – the internet is a great source of information.”

SunEducation spoke to pupils Kgotso Nthunya (13) and Matjama Pakane (14), who said they couldn’t operate a computer. Ritshidisitswe Mole (13) said she used her brother’s laptop for school work.

The schools that received donations:

- Paul Mosaka Primary School

- Ipolokeng Primary School

- Noordgesig Primary School

- Bapedi Primary School

- Emadwaleni High School

- Madibane High School

- Progress High School

- Fidelitas High School

- St Martin High School

- Namedi High School

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