Opening Of Digital Classroom

A bit of ingenuity’ sees former cellphone base station transformed into digital classroom

The school does not charge fees, and many parents choose to pay transport costs to send their children to Bongimfundo because it is a school of choice, said Ramgathi.

Using only a reclaimed cellphone base station and a bit of ingenuity, RecycleX have opened a digital classroom from reclaimed materials at Bongimfundo Primary School near Zinkwazi.

The school, which has 387 pupils will now have access to a teaching space with 6 computers that have internet access and a projector.

“This is going to have a huge impact on our children as it opens a new path for instruction,” said Dr Pitamber Ramgathi, principal of Bongimfundo, last week.

The classroom was built to ensure efficient teaching and security.

“You will see there are no windows, which is intentional for safety purposes. There are two extractors and air-conditioning to suit the school’s needs while limiting the chance of a break-in,” said Allan Werth, director of RecycleX.

The classroom was constructed using reclaimed materials which were discarded and would otherwise have gone to the dump.

The RecycleX Digital Classroom has 6 computer stations that will soon be connected to the internet, providing a crucial resource for learners at Bongimfundo Primary.

“We are trying to create a circular economy to eliminate e-waste as much as possible, which also allows us to give back to schools like Bongimfundo,” said Werth.

Bongimfundo has had difficulty during the coronavirus pandemic, using an alternative day timetable to keep the pupils safe.

Dr Pitamber Ramgathi, Principal of Bongimfundo Primary for over 20 years, standing proudly in front of the new digital classroom.

“This represents the first step in ensuring constant communication between us as a school and the families of the students. At the moment, when they go home we are often unable to contact them,” said Ramgathi.

The school does not charge fees, and many parents choose to pay transport costs to send their children to Bongimfundo because it is a school of choice, said Ramgathi.

The digital classroom is going to add to the desirability of the school, and raise its profile.

“We really appreciate it, it will ensure that the children get the correct education,” he concluded.

Credit: North Coast Courier

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