facility opens for kids
A new technology
network, aimed at youngsters from ages four to 17,
has opened its doors in Rivonia.
K-Net, the first
facility of its kind in SA, is the brainchild of Jil
Hrdliczka, previously principal of the Damelin
"K-Net is a
technology network for school-going kids and
teenagers," says Hrdliczka. "The kids
learn how to make computers work for them. We teach
them to use it as a tool to help in what they are
doing - and they have fun."
the emphasis is on fun, Hrdliczka says there is a
sound educational philosophy behind the K-Net
programmes. "The kids work in an open
environment, they are motivated and their ideas are
their own," she says. "Best of all,
nothing they create using computers is ever
K-Net is staffed by
educationalists and computer industry specialists
who have had many years' experience working with
children in recreational, teaching, leadership,
computer and sporting environments.
at K-Net are project-based, with kids grouped
according to interest and experience rather than
age, in keeping with the K-Net belief that knowledge
knows no bounds.
"I have never
met any kids who are not excited about technology,
want to have fun with computers and learn how to use
them more effectively," says Hrdliczka.
"The interest is there and computers are the
best tools to use for entertainment, research,
school projects, broadening of general knowledge and
who have an aptitude in the technical aspects of
computers, art, publishing, programming, creative
writing, music and digital video can develop their
talents at K-Net." The facility is divided into
two areas - the computer section and the
recreational facility, where kids can relax and
which will also house a computer shop where they can
buy or exchange equipment.
K-Net is offering
holiday programmes as well as afternoon and evening
sessions during school terms. Prices range from R500
to R800 depending on the programmes. For more
information call on (011) 803-5554.