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Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab launched in Hendrina

The learners of Tsiki Naledi Secondary School will benefit from a new computer laboratory built by Software AG, in partnership with E&T Minerals. The 4IR lab envisions a future of hi-tech immersive and interactive learning experience in the rural environment. The aim is to reducing digital inequality by ensuring the physical, curricular, and web environments is barrier-free. The Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab will give Grade 4 to 7 learners access to the internet and electronic devices in the learning process.
Tsiki Naledi Secondary School learners experiencing the new computers in the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.
Tsiki Naledi Secondary School learners experiencing the new computers in the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.

An elegant event set in the school hall of the primary school was attended by the various partners, parents, and students. A lively affair which saw Grade 4 learners perform an item from the classical film, Sarafina, and a choir led by musician, Stephen of Kent.

Software AG head of transformation, Ndazi Nokoane, giving guests and learners a tour of the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.
Software AG head of transformation, Ndazi Nokoane, giving guests and learners a tour of the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.

In attendance was Mr Itayi Mandonga, CTO of Software AG, who stated that the development of South Africa is important in rural areas such as Hendrina, Mpumalanga. In an address to the guests, he said, “Education is important in that it connects people from small towns to the rest of the world. The Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab will give students from the foundational to the senior level access to world-class facilities.”

The Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab is equipped with robotics equipment, 3-D printers, drones, coding system learning kits and state-of-the-art computers to name but a few of the things learners from Grade 4 to 7 will be able to use from the beginning of the 2022 academic year.

Mr Skhosana (Tsiki Naledi Secondary School prinicipal), Mrs SS Skhosana (Department of Basic Education chief education specialist (curriculum), Robyn June Kibby (HR and transformation specialist, Software AG), Emmanuel Ngulube (CEO of E&T Minerals) and Itayi Mandonga (CTO of Software AG) at the official unveiling of the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.
Mr Skhosana (Tsiki Naledi Secondary School prinicipal), Mrs SS Skhosana (Department of Basic Education chief education specialist (curriculum), Robyn June Kibby (HR and transformation specialist, Software AG), Emmanuel Ngulube (CEO of E&T Minerals) and Itayi Mandonga (CTO of Software AG) at the official unveiling of the Ithembu Lethu 4IR Lab.



Speaking on the construction of the new facility, Tsiki Naledia Secondary School principal Mr Skhosana said: "We are grateful for the efforts by Software AG and E&T Minerals in establishing a computer lab that sets our school on a level that will allow our learners to compete with the best and brightest in science, mathematics and technology.” Supported by both the Department of Education’s chief education specialist (curriculum), Mrs SS Skhosana and Hendrina circuit manager, Mr Makuse, Principal Skhosana has been assured by the school governing body and government that they will provide support in ensuring the learners will be able to utilise the skills they learn in the 4IR lab.

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