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Vodacom hands C-pens to blind students

VODACOM Foundation handed over 50 C-Pens worth around M233 000 to St Catherine’s High School on Tuesday. The devices are meant to assist the visually impaired students in their studies. The C-pen is a scanner device that helps students to read, understand and learn independently.

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It also helps students with disabilities to optimise their performance without compromising integrity or security.

Tšepo Ntaopane, the Head of Vodacom Lesotho Foundation, said Vodacom Lesotho is dedicated to changing the lives of Basotho.
Ntaopane said the mission of the foundation is to give back to the nation since Vodacom Lesotho has spread its wings throughout the country.

“The mission is to build a better Lesotho and to do that we have to start small,” Ntaopane said.

“Our dream at Vodacom Lesotho is to see every Mosotho child acquire the necessary skills needed to succeed in life,” he said.

The principal of St Catherine’s High School, Ntoa David Nkanda, said he was very grateful for the gifts Vodacom Lesotho Foundation brought to the students.
Nkanda said St Catherine’s High School started catering for the visually impaired students in 1978. This year is their 46th year since they have been teaching blind students.

“It has been a very long journey catering for special needs students with no resources and lack of teachers qualified to cater for such students,” Nkanda said.

“The devices will come in handy and bridge all the gaps that have existed for years,” he said, promising good results at the end of the year.

The Manager of Special Education at the Ministry of Education, ’Mapaballo Setlaba, said the ministry is aware of the efforts by Vodacom Lesotho to assist students in Lesotho.

“We are thankful as the ministry on behalf of the school for the devices that will help better the education of the visually impaired students at St Catherine’s High School,” Setlaba said.

Bokang Masasa

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