New computer centre vision is to become the heartbeat of the community

It was the late headmaster Mr. George’s Parkers dream – that the children of Laerskool Generaal Beyers Primary in Danville Pretoria are afforded every advantage, in order to get the best education possible. A computer centre was at the top of his wish list. With computer and internet skills being integral to all aspects of study and indispensable in every job sector, he wanted the children in his care to get exposure, experience and expand their horizons and life opportunities.

The PnS Group partnered with The Potato Foundation to make this dream a reality with the official opening on the 30th September 2021. The centre was built and equipped with twenty computers during the course of 2021, project managed by the Potato Foundation. Named ‘The George Parker Learning Centre’, the impact the centre will have on the young lives that sit on those seats will be foundational. The centre will be used for lessons during the day, for Robotics and coding extra-mural activities in the afternoons and then on select evenings be open for the wider school community and parents to use, to learn new skills and build better job prospects.

“This is the kind of social impact that drives us to do what we do, and we could not be prouder to have been able to play a part in the creation of this centre and what it represents – the building of potential, of pride and hope.” – Glenn Brauns, PnS Group CEO

PnS Group CEO ended the opening ceremony by announcing the further sponsorship by PnS of another twenty computers, which will complete the centre and enable each learner to work on their own PC.

Mr Parker tragically succumbed to Covid in December 2020 before he could see his dream realised. Acting school head Mrs Pentz explained the quote on the building sign… “Mr Parker ended assembly every day by saying this to the children. He made sure they knew they were valued, and he reminded his teachers daily too that he expected nothing less than for them to teach with love.”

“Remember children, Mr Parker loves you”