Slovoville township, near Johannesburg/Pretoria, South Africa – May 2005
1. Wide shot Slovoville township
2. Mid shot of man walking in Slovoville township
3. Tight shot cutaway kids playing
4. Wide shot workers carrying in Digital Doorway to install in the township
5. Wide shot carrying in Digital Doorway computer kiosk
6. Mid shot worker assembling Digital Doorway
7. Tight shot assembling Digital Doorway
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Grant Cambridge, Digital Doorway Project Manager “We need to…”
9. Wide of exterior of Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research
10. Various of manufacturing process
11. Various of computer terminals
12. Wide shot children gather around Digital Doorway
13. Mid shot children gather around Digital Doorway with Joyce Mako centre manager
14. Wide shot children around Digital Doorway
15. Tight shot children watching Digital Doorway
16. Several of children playing with Digital Doorway and tight shot on keypad
17. Close up of computer screen with children’s faces reflected in it
18. Close up of children’s faces
19. Close up of screen showing a penguin
20. SOUNDBITE (English) Joyce Mako, Slovoville Recreation Centre Manager “I think they…”
21. Various of children playing with Digital Doorway kiosk.
Children in South Africa’s townships are entering the digital age courtesy of a new project called the Digital Doorway.
The scheme aims to improve computer literacy in impoverished townships allowing children and adults to learn new skills without formal training and minimal external input.
The project is the combined efforts of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, the South African Department of Science and Technology and power utility Eskom.
Unemployment is endemic in South Africa’s poorest townships.
People in Slovoville lack basic skills needed for the few jobs that are available.
It is hoped that the arrival of computers in the community will help educate local children.
A scheme called the Digital Doorway installs multi-media machines in the centre of the townships.
The terminals enable people in rural and disadvantaged areas to teach themselves basic computer literacy.
Made to be strong and vandal proof, the computers are accessible to the public 24 hours a day.
“We need to educate the youth, we need to excite them about engineering, science, technology, maths and also provide them with basic computer literacy. When the person walks in to a university or to a job for the first day they are not scared of computers, they have come across computers, they have played on computers,they understand how it works and they are comfortable to learn new software”
SUPERCAPTION: Grant Cambridge, Digital Doorway Project Manager
The multi-media kiosks are built here at the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria.
The project is funded by the Eskom Foundation, and the department of science and technology
The computer terminals contain regular word-processing software, Internet and email access.
The scheme is based on studies in India which indicated that children can acquire new skills without any formal training, through their own intuition and exploration.
Project co-ordinators in South Africa are pleased with the results so far.
They report that the children are thriving on learning and discovering for themselves.
These children are now using the computer with greater confidence and awareness.
This in turn is encouraging their creativity.
SUPER CAPTION: Joyce Mako, Slovoville Recreation Centre Manager
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