Sunday, May 16, 2021

Ngwana Enterprises promotes e-learning

Ngwana Enterprises, a citizen owned ICT company based in Francistown, will on Thursday host an internet access day at Shashe River School.

The event is aimed at enlightening students about the importance of internet in education. The concept also seeks to revolutionize learning through modern technology in schools.

In an interview with The Telegraph on Monday, Ngwana Enterprises Chief Executive Officer, Mooketsi Benedict Tekere said during the internet access day they will use computers with internet to showcase educational videos and soft copy question papers which the school does not have. He said students will also learn how to revise and do research via the internet.

“This concept came after we realized that computers can simplify learning, help students comprehend better and fast track learning.

The school management has given us a green light to host the event,” Tekere said.?Ngwana Enterprises is an education company established in 2009. The company, deals among others in information technology development, entrepreneurship empowerment and entrepreneurship solutions. It serves government, private sector, parastatals and even individuals.?Tekere said through the use of internet in education, students can have the computer as their teacher. He added that it is important for government to tap into technology as it would help improve the already declining state of education in the country.?

“The good thing about using computers in education is that one can get questions and immediately answer them in the computer. If the answer is correct the computer will accept such an answer and if it is wrong the computer will reject. This concept also comes handy for teachers as they do not have to stand the whole day teaching, or rather talking which in most cases gets students sleeping in class,” he said.?Tekere said that they have invited the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng who is also the Member of Parliament for Tonota South, together with cell phone company Orange, Village leadership, a number of sponsors and even villagers.

“Should we be successful in this initiative, we will roll this project in other schools. We are also pleading with sponsors to partner with us,” Tekere said.?Tekere said two student volunteer students who are working in his company were the ones who came up with the concept.?“I have two brilliant volunteer students who are working in my business, Gaone Guga and Lapolang Ramahobo who came with up with the concepts and I liked it. The two students are studying at Tonota College of Education and University of Botswana respectively,” he said.?One of the brains behind the idea, Lapologang Ramahobo who is currently doing his first year in Bachelor of Science (BSC) at the University of Botswana (UB) told The Telegraph that they chose to start the concept at Shashe River School as she is a former student of that school.?“I was touched by the school’s previous performance as it got position 28 hence I decided that I must do something to help the students. We hope this day will enlighten the students on the importance of internet in improving their studies and research. As a resident of Tonota village, this is part of my efforts to give back to my community,” she said in conclusion.┬á

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