The CO.ZA registrar, UniForum SA, has rolled out a computer lab and network at Delta Environmental Centre to help the educational institution use technology more efficiently in its education and outreach programmes.
Delta Environmental Centre is an environmental education, training and consultation network and an accredited training provider with the Education, Training and Development Practice – Sector Education & Training Authority (ETDP-SETA).
The Centre aims to enable people, especially educators teaching in schools, municipal and provincial government officials, to improve their environment by promoting the management and sustainable use of all resources.
Through its CO.ZA Cares corporate social investment arm, Uniforum SA worked with NetDay to install data points, a server, cabling, projectors and PCs at the Delta Environmental Centre. The challenging installation took four days because the NetDay team needed to install cabling in a large, old sewerage building with thick walls that made it impossible to use wireless connections.
NetDay is a non-profit (Section 21) organisation specialising in information, training and communication technology solutions for education, social and enterprise development. The centre will receive free service and maintenance from the NetDay team. Induction training will also be provided to the Delta Environmental Centre’s staff.
“South Africans are privileged to live in some of the world’s most naturally beautiful and diverse ecosystems,’ said Fiona Wallace, UniForum SA Director.
‘Through its training and education efforts, the Delta Environmental Centre is creating environmental stewards who will seek to preserve this heritage for future generations. We are excited to support them in their efforts.’
Di Beeton, Executive Officer at the Delta Environmental Centre, added: ‘Our staff will benefit enormously from having unlimited access to the Internet. In addition, trainees who do not have permanent access to computers will be able to do much of their coursework in our lab now.
‘And the computers will also save us time and paper as we develop our coursework and do our admin. We are grateful to NetDay and UniForum for this donation, which will have a massive impact on our efforts to reach people with our message and education around environmental sustainability.’
This equipment will be used extensively in Delta Environmental Centre‘s accredited training programmes.