Plockton High’s Computers for Africa celebrates 20 years

Plockton High School’s Computers for Africa charity marked its 20th anniversary this summer.

A group from the charity – Plockton High teacher and CFA chairman Terry Heaviside along with Jennifer Boulton of Fort William and former S6 pupils Sarah Cameron of Kyle, Kirsten Glover from Applecross, Shannon Maclean of Plockton, Dornie’s Alasdair Nixon and Rowan Myers from Ratagan – flew to Africa in July.

Starting at 6,000ft in the winter cold of Lesotho, they installed 60 machines in six schools in the Butha Buthe region.

They then went on to the new purpose-built computing room in the Valley of 1000 Hills near Pietermaritzburg in Kwa Zulu Natal where, using CFA donated machines, the community project trains rural business people.

Finally, the group installed a further 60 Apple Macintosh machines in 10 schools in the Polokwane and Bokum areas of Limpopo Province of South Africa.

Mr Heaviside said: “We would like to thank all who have supported us over the past 20 years and welcome further donations of machines which we will continue to install in schools that have no such facilities next year.”