The programme forms part of a national initiative and will be implemented in one province at a time – starting in the Free State on 25 April.
Five schools have been chosen to pilot the SITA programme. They include Kopanong Secondary, Thabo-Vuyo Secondary in Rouxville, Lekgarietse Secondary in Welkom, Rebatla-Thuto Secondary in Koppies and Mohaladitwe Secondary in Makwane, QwaQwa.
‘’The schools were chosen for their track record of academic excellence despite depressed socio-economic backgrounds, for their location (in five different district municipalities), and for the exceptional work ethic of learners, educators, governing bodies and parents. Each school is a stellar reminder of what is achieved when community stakeholders collaborate and work together to achieve great things.’’ SITA said in a statement.
SITA is providing 40 computers per laboratory, connectivity, a curriculum, mentors and technical resources for the programme. Graduates will either be offered scholarships for tertiary education in an ICT-related field, or given internships at SITA, or assisted in enterprise development to establish small, medium or micro-sized enterprises.
‘’SITA is proud of its association with each school, and has profound confidence in the example that each sets for a generation of educators, young people and parents.’’
This event will be the culmination of two years of hard work by SITA and the Free State government in their collaboration to respond to a National Development Plan mandate: create a digital society underpinned by the knowledge economy.