School in need of 24 computer processors
Pictured with pupils in the Computer Centre are (l-r) Ms Nazra Partap, Mr. Harry Partap, High Commissioner of Trinidad and Tobago in SA, Mr Moloto, Principal of Kgabo Primary School, Mr Wade Mark, Speaker of Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago and Reverend Alan Cameron.
A call was made for the sponsorship of 24 computer processors to Kgabo Primary School in Atteridgeville, Pretoria. The call was made during the handover ceremony of a Computer Centre made secure and refurbished by the High Commission of Trinidad and Tobago at a cost of R75 000.
The refurbishment began when it was discovered that Telkom, the South African telecommunication company had donated 24 computers to the school two years ago and that the school had no secure place to house the computers fearing vandalism or theft. In this time the 24 processors went missing leaving the children only with keyboards and screens.
The computer centre was opened by High Commissioner and Mrs Partap in the presence of the Honourable Wade Mark, MP Speaker of the House for the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago. Wade Mark is in South Africa to attend the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 2013.
In their remarks both the High Commissioner and the Speaker paid tribute to Nelson Mandela. They also noted that South Africa will be celebrating 20 years of democracy next year, while Trinidad and Tobago celebrated 51 years as a free sovereign and democratic state this year.
Mrs. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the first female Prime Minister also received acknowledgement as Women’s month was celebrated in South Africa. One of the first acts by Prime Minister Persad – Bissessar was to provide every child entering secondary school with a laptop computer supplied by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Discussions of a student-to-student pen-pal programme with two schools on Trinidad’s east coast are at an advanced stage as Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of Education, Dr Tim Gopeesingh, had already approved the project.
Kgabo Primary has a long-standing relationship with the High Commission through the Diplomats from Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) Schools’ Football Tournament that has been in existence for the past 13 years.
In order to motivate and inspire the students to win next year’s tournament the High Commission distributed football boots and footballs to the players. Medals, certificates and cash prizes were also handed out.