GWF Wins International Award for Reimagining Education

We are excited to announce that Good Work Foundation (GWF) has won the silver award in the category Hybrid Learning at the international Reimagine Education Conference in Philadelphia, USA.

In association with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, the event is recognised as one of the foremost congregations for innovative education pedagogies in the world.

At the conference, GWF was recognised for its Open Learning Academy, a low-cost, enquiry-based model of education that arranges children into self-organised digital learning sessions.

Young adults, recruited from the local community, are trained to be able to facilitate these offline learning sessions in which the children, aged from four to 16 years old, explore predominantly English and mathematics using free, game-based apps.

The model is celebrated for its ability to alleviate traditional pressure points in the South African education system.

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For as little as $25 per child per year, the Open Learning Academy gives a rural child access to thousands of gamified learning apps.

A group of eight children are guided by a trained digital facilitator who monitors their progress throughout the year. Each child accesses learning content on an android operated tablet.

In 2016, among participating grade four learners in Hazyview in Mpumalanga province, mathematics and English results are up 20% and 14% respectively.

The model is now operational at both the Hazyview and Justicia Digital Learning Campus in Mpumalanga and the Philippolis Digital Learning Campus in the Free State and a combined 18 schools participate in the programme. Thank you to our Open Learning Academy partners at Rand Water Foundation, Rhino Africa, the Westphal family and Majik Foundation, Konica Minolta South Africa, the All Heart Fund, Mr. Ofri Kahlon and Charities Unlimited for supporting a new model of rural learning!

To find out more about the Open Learning Academy, email info@goodworkfoundation.org or visit www.goodworkfoundation.org.

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