This year, Dell South Africa, through its “Powering the Possible programme” will once again be partnering with The Students’ Health and Welfare Centres Organisation (SHAWCO), and Christel House South Africa (CHSA). These partnerships seek to bridge the digital divide by making technology more readily available.
According to Natasha Reuben, head of transformation, Dell South Africa, “Currently, ICT literacy continues to be one of the biggest challenges that the South African education system faces. Dell believes that technology is an essential tool to bridge the digital divide and provides South African youth with the platform to compete academically with their global peers. Dell’s “Powering the Possible” programme and initiatives are aimed at addressing the existing need to equip young adults with both life and educational skills through a combination of Dell donated technology, expertise and employee volunteerism. It provides the opportunities for young people to discover new possibilities, change their lives, and unleash their true potential, giving them a future to look forward to.”
Dell has been partnering with these institutions for a number of years and has already established an ICT lab at SHAWCO, and will be providing equipment, software and teacher training at this institution this year. The investment in Christel House South Africa is valued at almost R1.5 million. This includes ICT technology as well as software and teacher training. Employee volunteerism is an essential part of the Dell’ Powering the Possible Programme and Dell staff are actively involved in volunteering Christel House.
“Dell prides itself on focusing on real transformation within the communities it calls home and is proud to be involved with the transformation in these organisiations. It is only through improving social conditions that business conditions can be improved and education is an essential tool to drive this transformation,” concludes Reuben.