From Maulburg to Soweto
40 computers donated to preschools
Soweto, the largest township in South Africa and the place where Nelson Mandela lived, is a symbol of the country’s changes. Even though a middle class has been established and the South Western Township near Johannesburg is undergoing a structural change, there is still great poverty among the estimated 3.5 million inhabitants. Therefore, having a computer available for the first time is a big step for 40 preschools. This was made possible by a computer donation of Busch Vacuum Solutions.
On South African Heritage Day, September 24, forty computers were handed out to the founders and directors of preschools in Soweto. They had previously participated in a training course organized by the non-profit-organization Mila and the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC), where they had improved their skills in preparing children for school. The computer handover was organized by Sesego Foundation, a South African charity organization.
To their big surprise and joy, the participants were presented with the computers after receiving their course certificates. None of the preschools had had a computer before. The computer donation was made possible thanks to a successful cooperation between Busch, Sesego Foundation and the South African Absa Bank: The devices had been donated last year by Busch. Busch also covered the cost of the transport and the software, which was installed by Absa Bank’s IT service.