Foundation for Internet Development has facilitated internet connectivity to forty schools on behalf of the Liquid Telecom South Africa. Foundation for Internet Development partnering the Coza Cares Foundation and Department of Education have enabled sustainable ICT environments in under-resourced South African schools through collaboration and partnerships.
Part of the installation was completed by the first participants in FID's Entrepreneurship Development Programme which has been specifically designed to drive both education and entrepreneurship in South Africa. The programme provides practical work and business experience for recent graduates which will enable them to work within the telecoms industry in the future as an employer.
FID is pleased that we were able to partner and assist Liquid Telecom in the realisation of its Entrepreneurship Development Programme. Through more partnerships of this nature, we will be able to ensure that one of the country's most pressing priorities – small business development aimed at the youth – is addressed".
The Department of Education provided broadband to 40 schools in South Africa's North West Province using the network provided by the Liquid Telecom entrepeur program.
The schools are all located in rural parts of the North West Province. Liquid Telecom South Africa has allocated a dedicated channel on its satellite service for the schools. This provides unlimited capacity as well as Deep Packet Inspection of traffic. The content, destination and origin of data can now be monitored 24x7x365 with automatic blocking of inappropriate material.
The broadband service we provide is second to none in South Africa and provides Liquid Telecom's customers with access to the entire Liquid Telecom network in Africa. Education is vital to the economic future of our country and this project has enabled our trainees to gain valuable experience whilst bringing the next generation of South Africans online.