GWF & Singita Collaborate to Enhance Digital Learning in Rural Classrooms

We are proud to announce that Good Work Foundation (GWF) and Singita have pledged to pilot a joint edtech solution at Babati and Mketse primary schools. The solution aims to continue to deliver access to world-class learning to the children living in the rural communities bordering the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve in South Africa.

At the Justicia Digital Learning Campus (JDLC) in Justicia village, in partnership with Rhino Africa, Londolozi, the esiDulini Community Trust, and the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, GWF has been formally delivering technology-enabled English and math’s learning to children from local schools since March 2016.

At the campus, locally employed and trained digital facilitators use curated open-source and gamified apps to leapfrog traditional rural learning challenges, such as over-crowded classrooms, inadequate digital-skills training, unreliable access to online content and lack of opportunities for gifted and talented learners.

Singita’s Teaching & Technology Programme, in partnership with the European Space Agency and the Mpumalanga Department of Education, has been using satellite communications to enhance the quality of education in rural areas, training local teachers to enhance their learning environments using digital tools.

In 2017, and starting with two schools,  GWF and Singita will bring their respective learner-powered and teacher-powered solutions together, piloting a joint solution at Babati and Mketse primary schools. The pilot project will:

1. Implement GWF’s unique facilitator-driven digital learning model at two schools in the Ximhungwe school circuit, bordering the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve, utilising the digital network and hardware that Singita and its partners have already set up in those schools

2. Design and implement teacher-training workshops focusing on ICT classroom integration for participating school teachers working in rural school settings

3. Measure year-on-year performance improvements of learners in the critical areas of digital proficiency, English and mathematics

4. Measure year-on-year performance improvements of teachers in the critical areas of digital proficiency

Both GWF and Singita are committed to working together to support South Africa’s strategic, long-term education initiatives.

In this case there is an opportunity to demonstrate how a collaborative public, private and nonprofit partnership can draw on its collective resources to significantly alter the performance of learners and their teachers in a rural school circuit.

The team officially hand the keys to the Open Learning Academy Phase two trolly to the school principal. From left to right: Babati Primary School Principal Eunice Ndlovu, JDLC Open Learning Academy Coordinator Kind Khoza and GWF Group Coordinator Facilitator Training & Content Support Crispen Bvumbghe.

The team officially hands the keys to the Open Learning Academy Phase Two trolley to the school principal. From left to right: Babati Primary School principal, Eunice Ndlovu, JDLC Open Learning Academy Coordinator, Kind Khoza, and GWF Group Coordinator: Facilitator Training & Content Support, Crispen Bvumbghe.

These Grade five learners were excited to be learning their math and English on tablets again.

These Grade five learners were excited to be learning their math’s and English on tablets again.

Open Learning for both mom and baby at the Babati Primary School!

Open Learning for both mom and baby at the Babati Primary School! The school governing body and parents were invited to the launch and encouraged to play on some of the gamified apps that their children would be interacting on.

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Thuli Sibambu was engrossed with the Cinderella ebook on the tablet. Thuli does not understand English but she was happy that her son would get an opportunity to learn English using technology like this.

The Justicia Digital Learning Campus Team (in pink and grey) with the Babati Primary School Principal (middle) after the Open Learning Academy Phase Two Launch.

The Justicia Digital Learning Campus Team (in pink and grey) with the Babati Primary School principal (middle) after the Open Learning Academy Phase Two launch.

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