30 Photos Celebrating the Beautiful Huntington Launch

Good Work Foundation (GWF) is proud to announce that the new Huntington Digital Learning Campus (HuntDLC) is operational. HuntDLC is GWF’s fourth digital learning campus and is located in Huntington village in Mpumalanga, bordering the greater Kruger National Park.

The campus, one of three located in Mpumalanga’s Ehlazeni district, will deliver GWF’s mission, empowering South Africa’s rural schoolchildren and youth with skills and capabilities that are required by a global world that is increasingly connected by the digital marketplace.

The digital learning campus model has attracted investment from a number of prominent South African businesses who, following a “shared growth” philosophy, are focused on using technology and the opportunities inherent in the new digital African marketplace to address challenges such as youth unemployment and rural inequality. GWF’s collaborators include Absa, Investec, the Industrial Development Corporation, Rhino Africa and Konica Minolta South Africa.

In addition, owing to the location of GWF’s existing campuses, the model has received generous support and partnership opportunities from world-renowned safari lodges situated in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. These include Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Dulini Private Game Reserve, the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, and now, Lion Sands. HuntDLC’s primary funder, the More Community Trust, is a nonprofit organisation whose core objective is to provide meaningful support to communities surrounding More Hotels.

“We are so grateful to you all for allowing us to live our purpose of creating opportunities and experiences for people to enrich their lives,” said Robert More, CEO and Founder of More Hotels, at the launch of HuntDLC. “Thank you, and may this academy produce life changing superstars in abundance.”

A key driver in GWF’s growth plan is consolidating the digital learning campus model so that the benefits of a multiple campus programme can be demonstrated in a single district. Between 2016 and 2020 the organisation plans to add five digital learning campuses to rural Mpumalanga, all located close to the Greater Kruger National Park. In total, a cluster of six campuses in this area will service 500 young adults, 30 rural schools and more than 10,000 schoolchildren.

GWF’s Head of Programmes and Campus Operations, Ms. Maria-Goretti Awogu, emphasised that Huntington is an example of a deep rural village. The beauty of the GWF model, she said, is that “it no longer matters where you come from, digital learning can reach you.”

GWF would like to thank the following funders of HuntDLC: The More Community Trust, the Industrial Development Corporation, Investec Rhino Lifeline, the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, David & Evelyn White and Christie and Larry Hierholzer. GWF would also like to thank the Mpumalanga Department of Education, Londolozi Private Game Reserve and Rhino Africa for their ongoing support and belief in the digital learning campus model.

Special thanks to Jo-Anne Hay for the submission of her photos.

GWF Choir Conductor Floyd Muhlovo holding up the South African anthem music sheet as visitor Evan Havenga plays on his violin.

GWF Choir Conductor Floyd Muhlovo holding up the South African anthem music sheet as visitor Evan Havenga plays on his violin.

Head of Justicia Campus and Acting Head of Huntington Campus Linky Nkuna shows off her dress designed and made by a young man from rural Justicia.

Head of Justicia Campus and Acting Head of Huntington Campus Linky Nkuna shows off her dress designed and made by a young man from rural Justicia.

Dr. Ravital Kahlon who has been part of this pink family for years, practicing drum beating before the launch began.

Dr. Ravital James who has been part of this pink family for years, practising her drumming ahead of the launch.

The space of 'wonder-filled' learning.

The space of ‘wonder-filled’ learning.

From left to write: Angela Clifton who works with GWF from Johannesburg, Gogo Mo in the middle and GWF CEO Kate Groch.

From left to right: Angela Clifton who works with GWF from Johannesburg, Gogo Mo in the middle and GWF CEO Kate Groch.

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Londolozi’s original chef, Spook Sithole, with Kate and Gogo.

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Inside the Huntington Digital Learning Academy: Children from Hundzukani Primary School in a self organised learning environment.

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New members of the Huntington team.

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Hundzukani kids promise to work hard so they can visit GWF volunteer, Catriona Duncan, in the UK one day.

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“Huntington is a dream that was turned into a reality.” – Linky Nkuna

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Henna Pre-Schoolers print their hands as a sign of a hopeful future on the HuntDLC circle.

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Pink lanterns in the official Huntington Tree of Knowledge.

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“We have not got much to offer, but we are humbled by your gift and we will look after it well.”

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Tebogo Molefe from IDC, an organization that supports our Bridging Academy students at Huntington.

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Lusanda Mawele delivers a slam poem on learning & education.

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Harris talks about his experience with education in rural South Africa.

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Sunny day for Huntington launch.

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Open Learning in action.

Full view of the Huntington Campus.

Full view of the Huntington Campus.

Huntington Campus launch programe.

Huntington Campus launch programme.

Rhino Africa, Londoloi and Good Work Foundation's collaboration!

From left: David Ryan and his son Matthew from Rhino Africa, Christopher Kane-Berman from Londolozi and Kate Groch from Good Work Foundation.

Guests attending Huntington launch.

Guests attending Huntington launch.

GWF CEO Kate Groch.

GWF CEO, Kate Groch, thanked GWF’s partners and supporters for working with GWF to imagine a future where everyone, no matter their circumstances, has access to learning.

Maria-Goretti Awogu addresses guests.

Maria-Goretti Awogu, GWF’s Head of Programmes & Campus Operations, says: “It no longer matters that you are rural, digital learning is here.”

From Left to right, Jenny Moor, Robert Moor and Coordinator of the Moor Trust Thembi.

Robert More remembers his brother, Nick, who would have turned 50 on the day that Huntington opened its doors.

Londolozi friends at the Huntington campus for the first time.

Londolozi friends at the Huntington campus for the first time.

Hundzukani Primary School Students render a poem for GWF.

Hundzukani Primary School students performing a poem of thanks.

Multi-talented BA facilitator Fumani Khoza renders slam poem.

Multi-talented Bridging Academy facilitator, Fumani Khoza, whose voice rings loud and true.

BA Facilitator Ntokozo sings amazing grace.

Bridging Academy Facilitator, Ntokozo Sambo, sings Amazing Grace.

Linky Nkuna cuts ribbon and opens the barn.

Linky Nkuna officially opens the Huntington Digital Learning Campus with members from GWF, the More Community Trust, the IDC, Hundzukani Primary School and the Mpumalanga Department of Education.

And one bonus one, celebrating the GWF team:

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This amazing team.

 

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