Diepsloot Combined School Computer Laboratory To Be Rebuilt
Westcon Comstor Sub-Saharan Africa, a subsidiary of the global WestconGroup Inc., is a leading value-added distributor of cloud, technology and converged communications solutions for the enterprise and SMB markets. Its niche business practices include: Comstor Southern Africa and Comstor Africa (Cisco business), Unified Communications & Collaboration Solutions, Mobility Solutions, Microsoft Solutions and Security Solutions. The company is headquartered in Johannesburg South Africa with regional offices in Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth as well as territory offices in Angola, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria, Senegal, Namibia and Tanzania.
About SAME Foundation
The SAME Foundation is a national NPO, working with corporate South Africa to identify communities in need and then execute projects that have a lasting and sustainable impact on the lives of the beneficiaries it touches. It is against this backdrop that Westcon Comstor elected to financially assist the organisation with the complete overhaul of the computer centre for the Diepsloot Combined School.
“Community is exceptionally important to Westcon Comstor, which is why we work with our local teams to identify community based projects, on the ground, that will have a long-term impact,” states Rakesh Parbhoo, CEO Sub Saharan Africa. “Building the CAT Lab for the Diepsloot Combined School will provide its learners with a home base for them to foster their computer-based learning skills and hopefully drive a passion for technology amongst these youngsters”
“As we continue to see a digital revolution unfolding in IT, our industry is in need of passionate young people and their fresh ideas, to further shape and change how we engage with technology. I believe that this CAT lab will enable these young people to explore this as well as position IT as a possible career choice for their futures.”
As part of the project Westcon Comstor fully sponsored the project, funding the rebuild of an aging Lab that required a full revamp, purchasing 50 all-in-one computers, all the networking equipment, furniture and teaching aids needed in the CAT Lab. Furthermore, a group of volunteers from the company assisted with the project by donating time to help beautify and ready the environment for its new trappings.
The Diepsloot Combined School is a no-fee government school that is situated in the heart of Diepsloot, supporting the education needs of an extremely poor community. The school is the educational home of children from grade 1 – 12. The new CAT Lab will afford the children the opportunity to write their computer exams, an education requirement from the Department of Education, at their own school. In the past these exams had to be written at private schools in the area who were willing to accommodate them.
“We are extremely grateful to Westcon Comstor who have partnered with us on this project. Their commitment and contribution will offer these children access to computer equipment that is reliable and workable. Furthermore, it will give the teachers at the school, access to the resources they need to deliver the curriculum effectively,” states Dianne Pols, Executive Director at the SAME Foundation.
“We have personally seen similar projects dramatically increase the pass rates of students at a school where a similar contribution has been made. If it were not for the corporate donors, like Westcon Comstor, the SAME Foundation wouldn’t be able to complete our work and our passion, which is ultimately the upliftment of communities through strategic projects in the health and education sectors,” ends Pols.