RuraTech Empowers South African Youth with Digital Literacy

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By Editorial Desk 3 Min Read

RuraTech is making strides in promoting digital literacy among learners in rural and disadvantaged areas in South Africa.

The socially-driven private company aims to bridge the digital divide through its innovative digital library initiative by providing schools with a mobile ‘tablet trolley’ equipped with Windows and/or Android tablets, a teacher’s laptop, and a free offline education server.

With the support of Vuma’s Fibre to School Programme, schools participating in the project will have uninterrupted access to learning and internet connectivity. In addition, RuraTech provides an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) device, ensuring that even schools without access to electricity can benefit from the initiative.

The company also offers solar-powered computer labs housed in recycled shipping containers, tailored to the needs of rural schools lacking physical classrooms.

“Though RuraTech is a relatively young initiative, we have already made a significant impact through our various projects,” says Jeffrey Katuruza, Founder and Director of RuraTech. “To date, we have equipped eight schools, benefiting over 6,000 learners, and the numbers are increasing.”

By partnering with Vuma, RuraTech has expanded its reach, enabling more schools nationwide to access online resources and offline digital literacy materials. Chanteline Le Roux, Principal of Fernwood Park Primary School in Bethelsdorp, Gqeberha, praises the introduction of the digital library at the school, emphasizing the excitement among both teachers and students to explore new realms of learning.

“The learners are enthusiastic about utilizing the new technology and resources available to them, enriching our curriculum activities,” says Le Roux. “Furthermore, this initiative will enhance their computer literacy skills, which will benefit them throughout their academic journey and beyond.”

Taylor Kwong, Marketing & CSI Manager at Vuma, highlights the importance of digital literacy in unlocking the potential of South African youth and narrowing the digital divide.

The partnership between RuraTech and Vuma ensures equal opportunities for learners from diverse backgrounds to access ICT skills training and resources, fostering inclusivity and empowering individuals to participate in the digital economy.

“STEM education is critical for the growth and development of our country,” adds Katuruza. “Therefore, its implementation in classrooms is of utmost importance, benefiting students and advancing various industries nationwide.”

Expressing gratitude for Vuma’s support and involvement, Katuruza looks forward to collaborating with more organizations to expand these projects and benefit communities throughout South Africa. Through collective efforts, these initiatives will continue to empower the youth and bridge the digital divide in the country.

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