Compstart project inspiring tomorrows heros

09/09/2009

September 9, 2009 Two Centenary Secondary School learners – Demi-Leigh Chotia and Sazi Ndaba – each received a bursary worth R10 000 for post matric studies after clinching first prize in the coveted 2010 COMPSTART competition.

 

Two Centenary Secondary School learners – Demi-Leigh Chotia and Sazi Ndaba – each received a bursary worth R10 000 for post matric studies after clinching first prize in the coveted 2010 COMPSTART competition.

Partnered by Dell and the Durban University Of Technology (DUT), Mr Price RedCap Foundation created COMPSTART to bridge the huge digital pide in the KwaZulu-Natal schooling system. Since 2007, it has resourced 29 high schools, reaching an estimated 29 000 learners and training 58 educators.

Centenary Secondary School in Asherville received 20 computers from the CompStart project. The programme, which reaches learners who have never had access to computers, culminates in this competition.

An emotional prize giving, saw teacher Desmond Archary declare that he was “absolutely thrilled” and “totally proud” of his two pupils. He said, the learners put in long hours researching and designing a Powerpoint presentation on how they believed technology during the 2010 FIFA World Cup could impact on the lives of the poor in Africa.

When announcing the prize winners, Colin Thakur, one of the judges from DUT said, all presentations submitted by learners amazed and surpassed all expectations. He said there research was “stunning” and that many exhibited “gee-whizz technical aspects.”

Demi -Leigh Chotia plans to study towards a BA Communication while Sazi Ndaba has applied to UKZN to study medicine. Both said that winning the bursaries gave them a huge boost.

Runners up were secondary schools from Inanda, a township just outside Durban: Mvaba Secondary School in second place and Ohlange High School in third place.