“The computer laboratory is equipped with 22 computers with specialised programs that cater for visually impaired learners and their school syllabus,” the department said in a statement.

“The centre also has an interactive board, which will assist the learners with skills in numeracy, literacy and sign language.”

The department said the launch of the computer centre on Friday forms part of a longstanding public private partnership (PPP) between the Department of Social Development and the MTN SA Foundation.

“Spearheaded by the Department’s Deputy Minister, Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, the aim of the PPP is to ensure that disabled learners are afforded equal learning opportunities through information and communication technology.”

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Bogopane-Zulu, who is also visually impaired, said that the computer laboratories had proven to assist learners with disabilities to realise their potential.

“We have persons with disabilities who are doing well in different avenues of their lives because they were granted opportunities and facilities that cater for their disabilities.”

Established in 1988, the Khanyisa Special School for the Visually Impaired caters for 136 visually impaired learners. Some 82 of these learners live on the school premises.

“The month of October is commemorated as DSD Month, where the department’s officials take part in programmes throughout the country as part of the government’s vision to address the triple challenge of poverty, unemployment and inequality,” the department added.

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“These efforts also form part of global centenary celebrations of the lives of uTata Nelson Mandela and uMama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu, who both contributed to the struggle for liberation of all South Africans.”

– African News Agency