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Biggest Tuxlab launched

By   |  March 20, 2006

Local relief agency Gift of the Givers, in conjunction with the Shuttleworth Foundation, has installed the largest Tuxlab in the country. The 50 seat computer centre at the Northbury Park Secondary School in Pietermaritzburg was officially launched on Friday. In attendance were Inya Cronje, minister of education for KwaZulu Natal, Gift of the Givers representatives, and various community leaders and learners from the school.

Tuxlab, an initiative started by the Shuttleworth Foundation in 2002, provides learners with access to information by deploying open source computer centres in schools around the country.

Northbury Park Secondary School resides in a disadvantaged community and had an existing lab containing computers that were up to 15 years old. The school approached Gift of the Givers to assist in updating its computer facilities.

“The learners at Northbury Park Secondary are so excited about the lab,” says Yusuf Rajah, IT manager at Gift for the Givers. “The way in which these kids value this resource is amazing. Many of them had not touched a computer prior to the installation of the tuXlab and it is amazing to see the creative way in which they use it. The don’t limit themselves, but use the software in a way that you or I wouldn’t think of.”


One Response to “Biggest Tuxlab launched”

  1. Hilton Theunissen
    March 22nd, 2006 @ 12:00 am

    This was a huge success and ground breaking for Open source in South African schools. This will be a POC for FET schools that offer the new subject, Computer Application Technology (cat). They school to together with SchoolsIt Intellect will develop a manual of CAT on an OS platform. The DoE support this initiative requested a pilot for a further 5 schools to test other possibilities. Metropolitan will fund the equipment. Just a note that this is the 2nd biggest tuXlab network, no.1 is 80 seats at Windsor High in Cape Town. Please spam Yusuf to encourage them to fund a further 100 labs in the province. Critical mass will proove the point!

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