25 April 2018, Johannesburg - MiX Telematics, a leading global provider of fleet and mobile asset management solutions, today announced the launch of an iPad Lab, in partnership with the Phelang School in Kwa-Thema Springs and I School Africa - donating some much-needed technology equipment and training for the school’s newly developed lab.
This lab, which will support the needs of the 16 Autistic children within the school (4% of their learners), is also part of the school’s commitment to ensuring that each of these learners is afforded a setting that is conducive to their special needs – in a one-on-one learning environment.
“MiX Telematics is in the business of information, communication, change and solutions that make a difference,” says Mariette Myburgh, Executive: HR and Transformation at MiX Telematics (Africa). “Our Socio-Economic Development initiatives focus on the elderly and women, as well as children and the youth of South Africa, because we believe that this is where the future of our country lies. Within the areas of Socio-Economic Development, we also dedicate our energy to issues of health and education – by providing care and support to disabled individuals.”
“MiX Telematics is honoured to be a part of such an incredible initiative, as we believe that technology can make a real difference. It is a gift that we hope will help each child, and especially those dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to strengthen and enhance their skills, knowing they are equipped with the right tools, and continued training, to reach their full potential.”
According to Mr. Ledwaba, Principal at the Phelang School; “Recent studies from Autism South Africa indicate that, due to a lack of understanding and stigmatisation, only 0.8% of children with ASD are enrolled in any type of school and only 0.4% of our country’s children with ASD receive an education that really benefits them.”
“Part of our commitment to all the children of this nation is that we fight for better education opportunities for all. Through the support of companies like MiX Telematics, I School Africa, and the work of the Department of Education, we continue to make a difference by not only helping the children that cannot cope with mainstream education, but also ensuring that their learning experience is adapted to their specific needs.”
Concludes Myburgh: “Today, I hope that MiX Telematics will shine as a light and beacon of hope and development, making a difference this Autism Awareness Month and in the lives of each and every child at Phelang.”