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The matric class of 2020 faced many challenges, with millions of students and teachers deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. It was a disrupted and abnormal year for the class of 2020, with matriculants unable to attend school in person thus resorting to e-learning to continue their studies.

“On behalf of Vodacom, I would like to congratulate the Matric class of 2020 for their participation in the NSC Final Examinations despite the turbulent year we faced. I would like to thank their parents and guardians for their support in ensuring that they stay in the schooling system right through to Grade 12. I would also like to thank the educators and all department officials for their hard work in preparing the learners to write their final examinations,” says Takalani Netshitenzhe, External Affairs Director for Vodacom South Africa.

Vodacom will offer five bursaries to top performers that will study in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. In addition, Vodacom has donated to Top 33 performers of all categories Samsung tablets and Samsung smartphones, R1000 once off airtime and 2GB of data for 12 months.

Supporting matriculants

for nearly two decades, the Vodacom Foundation has contributed to societal development by promoting education initiatives to drive sustainable development in South Africa. Through the Vodacom Foundation, Vodacom has long been committed to supporting education and firmly believes that technology is a critical enabler in this process.

The zero-rated e-School app has offered tremendous support to Grade R-12 learners, who continue to learn both in the classroom and at home.

“As an investor in the country and a long-term partner of the Department of Basic Education, our goal is to ensure that learners throughout the country have access to the e-School platform and therefore enhance their learning outside of the classroom. To date, we have reached over 1.2 million learners across the country,” says Netshitenzhe.

“By providing access to internet services to improve the standard of education, Vodacom was able to support matric learners throughout the school year and minimise disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Netshitenzhe.

Vodacom recognises the pivotal, challenging role that teachers play in the educational process. Digitally empowered teachers can make the learning experience exciting for learners. As part of Vodacom’s commitment to provide digital literacy, it connected 92 Government Teacher Centres across the country.  These centres provided training to over 300, 000 teachers on various ICT programmes.

Vodacom has also rolled out video conferencing solutions to all Vodacom-supported teacher centres to enable virtual learning.

Education is the foundation for South Africa’s future and leads to job creation, a stronger economy, and a brighter future for our youth. The Vodacom Foundation plans to accelerate interventions in education in the coming years to ensure that young people and teachers also enjoy the benefits of the fourth industrial revolution.