4000 more learners to benefit from Linux laboratories
South African retailer Pick â€˜n Pay has donated more than 800 computer workstations to the Shuttleworth Foundationâ€™s tuXlab programme to assist the Foundation in their drive to increase the usage of open source software in South African schools. The donation will enable the establishment of up to 40 new tuXlabs in schools.
The tuXlab computer network runs entirely on open source software. The Foundation initiated the tuXlabs with the idea of providing an easy, cost effective, and replicable model for giving educators and learners access to information technology and educational content. The tuXlabs program has been running for just over a year and has already established 62 tuXlabs in the Western Cape.
Jonathan Ackerman, marketing director of Pick \’n Pay, said the company \”supports the ideals of the Shuttleworth Foundation and the tuXlab program to expand the use of IT in the classroom, making an impact on the quality of education for our future leaders whether it be in business, science, the arts or politics.\”
Hilton Theunissen, the Shuttleworth Foundation\’s tuXlab project manager, said that with the help of companies such as Pick \’n Pay, the tuXlab program can have a greater positive impact on learners and educators, making a tangible difference at a grassroots level. \”We applaud Pick n Pay as their donation will not only have a direct impact on over 800 educators and approximately 4000 learners, but also the communities where the schools are situated.\”
\”We have received great encouragement from schools who have gained new skills through the use of open source in their tuXLabs. We also encourage schools to use the lab to enhance delivery of education, assist each other with technical troubleshooting as well as share their experiences and curriculum content amongst each other. Open source software is an effective way of giving learners and educators an uninhibited path of freedom to use, copy and customise the software without the fear of infringing piracy and copyright laws, and with donations such as this, we are able to extend the benefits of open source software to many more people\”.