Technology - an education game-changer
Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says technology is a game changer for the education system and caters for children with special needs.
She was speaking at the official opening of IT giant, Microsoft's, first classroom for the future exhibition at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.
The Minister says she's encouraged by some of the examples she has witnessed recently on how technology can assist learners.
She says she was excited to see a child, who was completely disabled from the neck, being able to operate a computer with her eyes.
She adds: "When she winked, she could click, she moved the mouse with her eyes. Witnessing a blind learner, working on a computer, just using braille apparatus and the things he was doing, I could see from the computer, it's really an exciting moment for us."
According to Zoaib Hoosen, Managing Director for Microsoft South Africa, experiencing IT is a great opportunity for learners.
Hoosen says they boast an exhibition that not only allows learners to experience technology, but to also see it in a way that's made to be fun, exciting and different.
Meanwhile, government will this week launch its National Technology Strategy for the country's education system. Several government departments and various stakeholders have been meeting for about a month to formulate a technology strategy for schools.
Motshekga says on Friday, together with the President (Jacob Zuma), they will launch the ICT Phakisa. She also stressed that government will need partners as they embark on this journey.