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Deputy Minister of Social Development launches a lab in Soweto

Social Development deputy minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu has launched the first ever response computer laboratory on March, 1 at Tlhokomela Remedial School in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The department in conjunction with Samsung Africa has donated a computer lab to the school for children with special needs. The school accommodate children with print disability such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive disorder (ADHD) and Dyslexia.

“We are ensuring that children with disabilities are included in the digital age and digital revolution so that they are not left behind,” said Bogopane-Zulu.

The computers are installed with a response software which enables the learners to get independence, understanding and the kind of support they need. Due to different needs of learners, the laboratory is designed into different sections catering for children with different attention span.

Samsung Africa CEO Sung Yoon, expressed his gratitude as said they are happy to be part of this great initiative.

“We have partnered with the department to bring change in the communities and to expose children with disabilities to technology,” he said.

George Maluleka, school principal of Tlhokomelo Remedial School was overwhelmed by the launch of the lab. “I’m very happy that my learners will be able to engage with technology and learn independence on their own.”

“Now as educators, we will be able to identify their weak points and help them,” he added.

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