Project Isizwe conducted a Community Needs Survey in the Northern Cape during May 2018.
The following schools and surrounding communities were targeted:
- Protea High School,
- Protea Primary School,
- Calvinia High School,
- Hantam Primary School,
- High School Williston,
- Nico Bekker Primary School,
- Loeriesfontein Primary School,
- Loeriesfontein High School.
The principal of each school and randomly selected community members received a survey that they could complete regarding their needs in terms of socioeconomic development.
Each principal had to indicate which socioeconomic development initiatives would be most appreciated from the school’s perspective and community members had to indicate which initiatives they think would be best suited to the development of the community.
The survey indicated that the need and desire for Free WiFi within walking distance is overwhelming and cannot be ignored.
Both the principals of these schools as well as the surrounding communities stated that they understand the power of access to the internet, with 50% of participants or more being in support of having access to the internet within a walking distance.
PRINCIPALS: Which socio-economic initiative would the school appreciate most?
COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Which socio-economic initiative would community members appreciate most?
Glencore WiFi Project
The Social Collective with Project Isizwe has deployed local ambassadors from communities where Glencore is rolling
out WiFi with Project Isizwe. The goals on the project is to:
● Collect stories about the WiFi users
● Showcase which education is taking place over the WiFi
● Learn what the community thinks and knows about Glencore
150 beneficiaries have been reached through the efforts of the ambassadors and 62% of the beneficiaries reached were women
Google Digital Skills for Africa
What users said:
➔ “I can apply for work anywhere, not just in my province.” – Cimphiwe Ngwenya
➔ “I use it everyday to apply for jobs.” – Pearl Masabane
➔ “I use the free WiFi to get young people to be engaged in youth empowerment projects.” – Jonathan
As evidenced, a majority of the users are accessing free WiFi to help them with their studies and also to search
and apply for jobs.
Thandi Dube, the Principal of SH Nyalungu Primary School in Bushbuckridge has told our ambassadors that the WIFI is very helpful.
Since the installation, she has seen an improvement in work delivered by both teachers and learners, as staff can now access additional information about their subject matter and submit their work to the Department of Education timeously.
Students can now also access information online and do research online for their projects – something which they could not previously do.
We have received similar feedback from Mr Makutu, the Principal of Bushbuckridge Secondary School.
Mpho Khaphetsi, one of our WiFi Ambassadors, have also heard that learners from Leratong Primary School in Botshabelo are improving academically, as they are using the WiFi to learn additional methods and information for their school subjects and they acquire additional skills they did not previously have.
Wilbarforce Madalane (25), frequently uses our hotspot at Thibani Cafe
“Free Wi-Fi in our community changed my life. I don’t need to buy data to search for jobs. AWARE.org Free Wi-Fi helps us to apply for jobs, college or university and learn more about the world around us.
Best thing about this WiFi is that it gives us access to information we couldn’t previously access, and the platform teaches us about the dangers of drinking. Thank you for the free WiFi.”
Mpho Khaphetsi (24), frequently uses our hotspot at Leratong Secondary School:
“I have learnt about the abuse of alcohol and its effects because of AWARE.org and access to Free WiFi. AWARE.org has positively impacted our communities because it creates awareness about alcohol abuse and its effects and I’m very glad to be part of The Social Collective’s Ambassador’s Program for AWARE.org Free WiFi.
I’m able to interact with a lot of people and advise them and tell them about AWARE.org Free WiFi.
I also use the Free WiFi to do research because I am trying to apply for university.”
Xolani van Wyk (21), frequently uses our hotspot at Pontsheng Primary School:
“Ever since I joined this organization, I have learned many things, but most importantly it taught me how to talk to people and to be patient. The availability of Free WiFi has made it easy for me to connect with my peers and learn about what is happening in the world we live in.”