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Collaboration further strengthens Telematic Schools Project
Author: Christina Harvett
Published: 18/05/2022

​​​Ohlange High School is a secondary school in Inanda, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was founded by John Langalibalele Dube, who was also the founder and first president of the African National Congress. It was the first school in South Africa started by a black person and in 2007 was amongst several schools recognised as 'historic schools' in South Africa. The school was chosen by former President Nelson Mandela as the place where he would cast his vote in the first racially inclusive election in South Africa in 1994.

The Broadband Infraco CSI (corporate social investment) Project selected Ohlange High School to upgrade the school's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure, to ensure quality education in deep rural areas. They sponsored broadband internet and a classroom equipped with the Telematic Schools satellite equipment as well as air conditioning for the room. Broadband Infraco elected to partner with the Telematic Schools Project, as it provides WCED–approved (Western Cape Education Department), high-quality content for grade 10 to 12 learners, at no cost to the school or the learners.

The Deputy Director of Operations of the Centre for Learning Technologies: Telematics Services and Projects, Ms Zainab Suliman, attended the launch and presented a workshop on how to incorporate the Telematic Schools Project in the teacher's own lesson plans. This initiative further strengthens the project's intent to support learners, especially in vulnerable communities across the country.

The Telematics Schools Project (TSP) is a not-for-profit initiative developed jointly by the Western Cape Education Department and Stellenbosch University's Centre for Learning Technologies. The project provides lessons, subject workbooks, and other material for eighteen subjects, in line with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and in both Afrikaans and English, to learners in grades 10 to 12. The content is quality assured by WCED senior curriculum planners and is available, at no cost to the learners, on a zero-rated website.​