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South African Internet Service Provider (ISP), RocketNet, is sponsoring schools in the Western Cape with free high-speed internet to support digital learning and education. In addition, access to fibre internet aims to support the school’s administrative and teaching functions.
RocketNet sponsors Western Cape schools with free fibre internet
Simon Swanepoel, CEO of RocketNet comments on the importance of access to the internet for students.
“It’s so important in this day and age for scholars to have internet access yet many of our learners are experiencing obstacles in their educational journeys due to no internet connection. One of the challenges is the prohibitively high cost of data. We are passionate about empowering consumers and playing a role in the communities in which we operate to provide internet access and to help advance ideals, accelerate dreams and improve lives. This is one way in which we can invest in our future generation of leaders.”
This initiative led by RocketNet aims to uplift selected schools in the Western Cape with the tools required to offer their students a cohesive and digital-driven learning environment.
Six schools reportedly received RocketNet fibre installations. These schools are namely; Laerskool Edleen, Vredelust Primary School, Star College Cape Town, Plumstead High School, Radley College, and the Centre for Autism Research & Education.
In order to make this a reality, RocketNet partnered with fibre network operators to sponsor each of the above-mentioned schools.
Each school has received a sponsorship of free fibre internet with speeds of 1000Mbps each month.
The Covid-10 pandemic has starkly highlighted the impact of digital tools and the internet in learning.
Mr R. Agulhas on behalf of Vredelust Primary School comments on the initiative and its impact for the school.
“RocketNet, who went out of their way and literally walked and dug the extra mile to ensure that we are able to provide each and every classroom in our school with lightning-fast internet connectivity has enabled us to take interactive learning to the next level. This helps us adequately prepare our learners with up-to-date content and academic extension programmes so that they can keep up with the ever-changing world that they find themselves a part of, what some are calling the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’. Our school’s motto is ‘Work and Build’ and we are proud to do so in partnership with the best Internet Service Provider in South Africa”.
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