V The first rays of light

Millennium at one year old

  Great minds in thought unite

They let a clever plan unfold

  A game plan for the fight

 

Amidst the many dreadful things

  A flash of lightning bright

Why can the good that I T brings

  Not set these matters right

 

This thought – born in the Western Cape

  A way to liberate

How a disaster to escape

  The kids to educate

 

I T – used widely – in med’cine

  Is indispensable

The fight against disease to win

  New cures are possible

 

Most engineers use I T well

  To help them calculate

Helps dress designers to excel

  When fashions they create

 

Consider the commercial fields

  There fully they depend

On I T which its power wields

  O’er every cent they spend

 

Computers do near anything

  Most tasks they can perform

If one I T to schools could bring

  It teaching would reform

 

In education – why resist –

  While more tutors are sought

Include into the options list –

  By P Cs kids are taught

 

This question – a most crucial one –

  The crisis now is deep

Can I T get the teaching done

  Help learners in schools’ keep

 

The Khanya project comes to light

  A pun – intended not –

To set this situation right

  Helps get rid of the rot

 

The project’s goals and aims are clear

  It’s not to teach I T

To this rule strictly must adhere

  For best results to see

 

Curriculum delivery

  This is the prime concern

In this regard – no fubbery –

  To basics must return

 

The classroom scene can be reformed

  New ways of learning shown 

When kids by I T are informed

  Fresh breath in teaching blown

 

When teachers are not there to teach

  Maths Science History

Computers can be used to reach

  A classroom victory

 

Until perfection they can drill

  To practise num’racy

And they most certainly can fill

  The gap in lit’racy

 

Use I T in a novel way

  – A teacher substitute –

Add it to a teaching bouquet

  Help learners destitute

 

But I T can do more than this

  Fill up a huge blank space

Provide what many poor ones miss

  A bonus in this case

 

One must acknowledge that there is

  A gulf both deep and wide

Some have – some don’t – the expertise

  A digital divide

 

This modern world – can one survive –

  Is competition fair

No one can in the work place thrive

  Without computer flair

 

Poor learners – often left behind –

  I T they cannot touch

It could expand their world – and mind –

  Acts as a learning crutch

 

Therefore a secondary aim

  Of P Cs in the schools –

To give to all the kids the same

  Access to I T tools

 

Through Khanya – an attempt to solve –

  Both teaching and divide

And in the process does resolve

  The lack on either side

 

Cut through all of the State’s red tape

  New life in teaching blow

Throughout the whole of Western Cape

  I T to schools must go

 

At all times take the utmost care

  Good balance one must gain

I T obsessed – can be a snare –

  Perspective do maintain

 

If I T is the little tail

  And teaching is the dog

When tail wags dog – then both will fail –

  Get stuck right in the bog

 

I T must not dictate the way

  Its role is to support

Teaching must have the final say

  Don’t sell this mission short

 

So when computers one does use

  In filling up the gap

Great focus on them must refuse

  Be careful of this trap

 

The estimated cost is steep

  Most schools this can’t afford

Their poverty – so very deep –

  No money in their hoard

 

Of course there’s always the debate

  Of whether this is right

For poor ones should one not create

  A house to solve their plight

 

Should one not rather feed the boy

  Than teach him internet

If lack of food his health destroy

  Would there not be regret

 

And what about the dying one

  Whom med’cine can’t afford

Should his life rather not be won

  Than buy a motherboard

 

Resources in most schools are low

  Books often there are not

One hears many a tale of woe

  Of what they have not got

 

How could one therefore justify

  To spend funds on I T

Is this the way to rectify

  The abject poverty

 

If fish is given to a man

  His hunger will be stilled

But teaching him to fish and plan

  For life – his stomach filled

 

Providing for their current needs

  May help poor ones today

But while one does these little deeds

  Help them make their own way

 

It’s not a case of either or

  One does not have a choice

None of these needs one can ignore

  Give heed to reason’s voice

 

While caring for needs physical

  In parallel one must

Address needs educational

  As a great moral thrust

 

A system must be put in place

  Where one can use I T

To supplement the teacher’s face

  When she’s an absentee

 

In cases where the teacher’s there

  But poorly qualified

The deal to learners is not fair

  It must be rectified

 

All kids must get a sporting chance

  Expose them to I T

This will indeed their skills enhance

  Achieve equality

 

To make a living – each one’s wish –

  Poor people must be trained

This will help them one day to fish

  Their lives thus be sustained

 

The global scene has changed a lot

  P Cs the world invade

In schools one certainly should not

  Their influence evade

 

All learners now must join this race

  Don’t leave a child behind

Technology moves at a pace

  Some this a challenge find

 

Thus Khanya is endorsed and sealed

  A budget is approved

Success progressively revealed

  As forward it is moved

 

This project – formed by Cabinet –

  No one can it replace

In legislation firmly set

  Backed by a business case

 

The facts presented clearly show

  Why Khanya was conceived

But now one further needs to know

  How its aims are achieved

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