In all 9 South African provinces schools have been selected to start the journey of embracing ICT and e-learning into their environments. In 2016 the focus of this project is to utilise the infrastructure and skills already in place and to maximise the impact and efficiency of the resources for the learning and teaching process. In 2017 and 2018 a stronger focus on newer technologies, improved access to the internet and a more rigorous teacher use of ICT will allow for rapid improvements across numerous areas.
The project is structured in three phases:
Phase 1 – development of computer literacy and e-confidence with staff and school communities
Phase 2 – facilitating the integration of ICTs into the curriculum
Phase 3- refining and ensuring the impact of ICT in the school community
A local young adult will be recruited as part of the process and the school will be engaged to partner with Edunova in securing permanent work placement toward the final months of the 2 year programme.
The ITE (IT Entrepreneur) will be undergo a training, development and mentoring process and will be well equipped for employment, either at the school, or in any nearby town.
Having this person remaining involved in the life of the school will significantly enhance the sustainability of the work implemented.
Communities of Practice
The second sustainability trajectory is achieved by way of establishing Communities of Practice within each of the schools. These CoP’s will involve a small group of subject specific teachers facilitating all aspects of the curriculum and the options for integrating technology into their daily teaching practice.
The CoP approach has now proven to be a very successful model to sustain the transfer of knowledge and skills as well as to enable support for schools.