Utelize have pledged their support, and the support of their partners to help fund the opening of a new Solar Learning Lab in Xitlhelani, South Africa.
Utelize; an IT managed service provider; specialising in mobile workforce technology, IoT and mobile data services, will raise funds for the project with the support of their strategic channel partners and corporate customers, by donating 100% of the proceeds from recycled mobile devices and unused IT hardware to the project. In return, the businesses who gift their devices receive a device inventory and certified data wipe of their devices to ensure they are free of corporate and personal data.
The lab will provide 11 workstations, 10 dedicated student workstations plus one for the teacher and members of the community will be given digital training through ICDL.
For this project, we will work with the Amandla Foundation, which award scholarships and moving allowances to children undergoing social vulnerability in the northeaster South Africa, specifically in Xitlhelani and Rhulani, Limpopo, the province with the highest poverty rate. Since 2014, they have worked with the families, schools, chiefdom leaders and the communities creating a strong and long-lasting relationship. Their mission is to break the social division through the quality of education. Through their work, they identified that bridging the digital divide is key to achieving this mission. This is where we come in, as one of the oldest organisations working in ICT for Development this project will help bring access to technology to the local community.
In addition, Guifi.net a bottom-up citizenship-driven technological, social and economic project to create a free, open and neutral telecommunications network and Zenzeleni, a community-owned wireless internet service provider based in rural South Africa will be involved in making this project a success.