Friday 9th June saw the much-anticipated launch of the Huntington Digital Learning Centre. The sense of jubilation was tangible as the Huntington Community and MORE Community Trust joined hands with partners – the Good Work Foundation, IDC, Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust and Investec – to collectively celebrate a job well done.
An inspirational slam poetry session about Education by Lusanda, Harris and Fumani
The day will be long remembered, of that there is no doubt. Celebrations kicked off with traditional singing and dancing, followed by a number of inspirational speeches. ‘Verbal flavor’ came in the form of exciting slam poetry, conceptualized and delivered by talented youngsters from the community. The day concluded with a generous lunch catered for by the community, and a ‘hands-on’ tour of the Digital Learning Centre.
The Hundzukani learners demonstrating their English skills by presenting a heart-warming poem of appreciation
The Huntington Community lives in the Mpumalanga Province, adjacent to the Sabi Sand Wildtuin and Kruger National Park. This rural community has access to very few resources – having water near home is extremely rare, let alone a computer! The people of this community, from young children to adults, are therefore not given access to the internet, and to information which is freely available to their more privileged peers. This impedes their ability to enter the workforce, specifically where digital skills have become mandatory in the modern workplace.
Learners adventuring into the wonderful world of digital education
Over the months since we first broke ground in October 2016, it sometimes felt that the momentous moment when doors would finally open would never come… but it did, and we are so proud to have been a part of this extraordinary project, driven by The Good Work Foundation. The Huntington Community’s involvement is incredible, and the pride they have taken in their new learning Centre is humbling.
Members from the GWT, More Community Trust, Hundzukani Primary School, IDC and the Department of Education, officially opening HuntDLC
This project is all about collaboration, and together we stand tall having helped to create a self-sustaining legacy which will benefit every individual in this beautiful community with such immense heart, promise and potential.
Mr Abednego Khoza, Deputy Principle of Hundzukani Primary School, surrounded by the HuntDLC building committee
Visit the More Community Trust website (www.morecommunitytrust.co.za) for more information about this, and other programs we have committed to, and how you can potentially get involved. Or feel free to contact me (my details are listed below).
I speak on behalf of the More Community Trust when I say that we are truly privileged to be able to create opportunities for people to enrich their lives.
Watch this space as we bring you inspiring stories from the ground…
Michelle Scott (National Manager for More Community Trust)
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Photography by Ingrid Nemorin