TO PROVIDE access to the internet, communication technology, and books for approximately about 5,000 socially and economically disadvantaged children, youth, and adults, the Chintsa East Community Learning Centre is now offering a computer hub and book exchange.
The centre, which was launched last year, in 2017, also offers basic computer literacy, online Maths programmes, applications for employment opportunities, as well as further education and bursaries.
Operations Mmanager, Cath Andersson said the centre is a partnership initiative between African Angels Trust, Friends of Chintsa, local community members, and the Great Kei Municipality.
She added that the centre is managed by a board consisting of two active Chintsa residents Honey Pakamile and Zingisile Ngamntwini; a representative from of Sanco – the locally elected non-political leadership body Sanco, Siphiwo Gwavu, as well as a representative of African Angels Trust, Lou Billet.
“The idea behind the centre was initially to provide internet access to the Chintsa community and surrounding areas,” Andersson said.
“However, we have found that those who the people that use it the most are pupils the people after school and during school holidays. ” she said.
“To reduce our environmental impact and increase our power autonomy, we are also aiming to install a solar power system. We have already secured solar panels, batteries, roof sheeting and trusses at cost.
“The resulting covered space in between the two containers will also allow for a sheltered meeting and training space. We are also aiming to connect to Eskom as a backup and install guttering and tanks for rainwater harvesting,” Andersson said.
She counted Express Petroleum as a major funder of the centre.
“Our major supporter to date has been Express Petroleum who has funded most of the current infrastructure and laptops. Vodacom, through their Change the World (CTW) initiative, are also going to be a key funder from November last year until 2017 – October this year. 2018.
The centre’s financials are freely available to everyone so please contact us for more details,” she said.
Computer literacy and information technology graduate Ndwekazi Batyi is currently employed on a full-time basis at the hub to provide support and training.