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September 30, 2013 Careers No Comments Email Email

The Powering Potential programme in Tanzania has been boosted by Serena Hotels, whose generous grant has enabled access to computers and computer studies for more than 1 200 high-school students.

Pupils at Florian Secondary SchoolsThe $2,400 (R24, 000) grant was made towards Powering Potential for its Educating-Through-Technology programme which will benefit the Welwel and Florian Secondary Schools in Karatu, Arusha. As a result of the programme, both schools now have a permanent government-qualified computer teacher. The schools have supported the programme by contributing the extra tables and chairs needed for the classrooms.

The second phase of the programme enabled the delivery of additional 15 computers at each school and the expansion of the solar power system. This was the first time the team installed a leading-edge, low-watt computer called Raspberry Pi.

Earlier this year, Serena Hotels Country Sales Manager David Sem and Mustafa Mbinga (GM, Lake Manyara Serena) joined other dignitaries on a visit to Florian Secondary School. They engaged with the school headmaster, the computer teacher and students and discussed the significant assistance that has been offered to them by Serena Hotels.

According to Sem, the programme has already inspired great results. At Florian Secondary School, 46 students have been enrolled in the national curriculum courses on Information and Computer Studies – which are enhanced by the students’ easy access to computer technology.

The two schools now also have access to computer labs and the learning which they facilitate especially through offline educational content which provides Wikipedia articles and Khan Academy math. With the click of a key, Serena Hotels hopes to not only empower minds, but lives too.

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