January 2017

January 2017

We appoint Maria-Goretti Awogu as our Global Head of Programmes and Campus Operations. Maria is a senior programme, operations and fiscal manager with extensive experience in developing and implementing organisational strategies, processes, systems and controls with specific expertise in change management and oversight of programmes. Read more.

December 2016

December 2016

Good Work Foundation wins 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. Read more.

 

September 2016

September 2016

With our partners at T-Systems South Africa, Good Work Foundation’s Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) is named WINNER of the Empowerment of Women in the Community Award at the annual 2016 Gender Mainstreaming Awards sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

July 2016

July 2016

Absa Bank, as part of its Prosper campaign, which shows its impact on the lives of people across Africa, releases its new short film featuring the story of GWF staffer, Deliwe Tibane, and how she helped to build the award-winning Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC). Read more.

April 2016

April 2016

An internationally-acclaimed programme called Coaching for Conservation (C4C) is introduced to rural school children in Mpumalanga at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus. The programme was started in Botswana in 2004 where children were taught about the importance of conserving the natural environment and living in harmony with its animals. Read more.

 

March 2016

March 2016

In a day of celebration we officially launch the Justicia Digital Learning Campus.

Keynote speaker, Trevor Manuel says: “The ultimate goal is that our children should at all times be exposed to an enhanced education process, one that will free them from the sorry state of poverty, ignorance and helplessness as well as allow them to be part of the digitization that is happening worldwide. GWF is helping these rural young people do just that. You should be called Splendid Work Foundation because your work is more than just good.” Read more.

October 2015

October 2015

Hazyview Digital Learning Campus (HDLC) wins the CompTIA award in the category: Most Growth Small/Medium Academic Partner. Read more.

May 2015

May 2015

As part of the new bizhub Conservation Academy, the first group of 40 rural schoolchildren visit the Kruger National Park. This field excursion supports a new layer of digital “green” learning that was introduced to supplement digital, English and math’s learning at the Open Learning Academy. Read more.

April 2015

April 2015

The first ever qualified coffee baristas graduate from Hazyview Digital Learning Centre as part of a Hospitality Academy initiative to offer a world-class coffee-training programme in Mpumalanga. Eight young adults from rural Shabalala obtain their Good Work Foundation and vida e caffe certified barista qualifications. Read more.

March 2015

March 2015

We introduce our online avatar, nine-year-old Karabo, who represents a future model of education for South Africa. This is the story of a young girl who might have “worn-out” shoes, but still has access to a world-class future via the Open Learning Academy. Watch the video here.

February 2015

February 2015

Our online Skype mentor programmes are introduced at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. The connections include weekly Skype conferences between Good Work Foundation’s facilitators and staff and teaching professionals in the USA. Read more.

December 2014

December 2014

The new bizhub Conservation Academy launches at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre adding an environmental awareness layer to the digitally-powered syllabus, for adults and for school-aged learners. Supported by Konica Minolta South Africa (bizhub), the Conservation Academy looks to empower a new generation of technology-savvy community conservationists and entrepreneurs who can participate in South Africa’s growing economy of wildlife.

November 2014

November 2014

Based on the Annual National Assessment (ANA) results, Tfolinhlanhla Primary School sees a 30 percent improvement in mathematics amongst grade four learners. Tfolinhlanhla, under the leadership of Principle Sambo, was the first primary school to join Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) Open Learning Academy programme.

October 2014

October 2014

The team at Good Work Foundation (GWF) and Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) is proud to be shortlisted in the “Investing in the Future and Drivers of Change Awards 2014” sponsored by the Mail&Guardian and Southern Africa Trust. The award recognises individuals and organisations from across the southern Africa Region that are making a real impact, especially in developing effective public policies and strategies, to overcome poverty. GWF was one of three finalists in the category: STEM Skills Development Award. View the photos from the awards dinner here.

September 2014

September 2014

Good Work Foundation (GWF) extends its Open Learning Academy model to Madlala Digital Learning Centre. Every week, learners from grade 8 through 12 (more than 800 high-school learners) spend a minimum of two hours with the GWF digital facilitators, polishing their English literacy and math’s numeracy using interactive learning apps. Read more.

August 2014

August 2014

Together with its founding partner, T-Systems (Pty) Ltd, Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC) wins 1st Prize at the Gender Mainstreaming Awards in the category “Gender and Poverty Alleviation. Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Gender Mainstreaming Awards encourage a more meaningful representation of women in the mainstream of business. Women make up 83 percent of all non-paying students and 80 percent of all paying students at the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre and Campus. Read more.

July 2014

July 2014

 

Based on the improved literacy and numeracy rates in the district, 160 grade four learners from Siyafundza Primary School and Zakheleni Primary School join the Open Learning Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre (HDLC). That brings the total to six schools.

June 2014

June 2014

Siyamukela Primary and Mpuzana Primary “plug” their grade four students into Good Work Foundation’s Open Learning Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. This brings the total number of Hazyview Open Learning Academy satellite schools to four, with more than 1000 children from the public sector attending digital, English and maths literacy classes at the Centre each week. Read more.

May 2014

May 2014

Good Work Foundation opens the doors to a brand new digital campus in the town of Philippolis, on the edge of the great Karoo semi-desert. The new campus forms part of a broader vision to bring Good Work Foundation’s existing Digital Learning Centres up to the level that has been established at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre, before exporting this innovative model to other rural areas in South Africa and beyond. Watch video.

April 2014

April 2014

Good Work Foundation CEO, Kate Groch, introduces the Open Learning Academy model to the world. Based on a hub and satellite concept, the model proposes that rural primary schools can “outsource” digital literacy to digital facilitators equipped with innovative learning apps and tablet computers. The model proposes that a single Digital Learning Centre can provide digital learning opportunities for up to five satellite schools and 6000 children. Read more.

March 2014

March 2014

Over 100 guests, including Mpumalanga’s MEC for Education, Mrs. Reginah Mhaule, attended Good Work Foundation’s formal graduation ceremony on Friday, Mar. 14 where 49 adult students received their International Computer Driving License (ICDL), an internationally recognised tertiary qualification that represents skills proficiency across various ICT disciplines.

In addition, Good Work Foundation was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Mpumalanga’s Department of Education for outstanding contribution in the emancipation of the youth in Hazyview and surrounding areas. Watch video.

February 2014

February 2014

“Think, Breathe and Be Creativity.” 20 students from Madlala Digital Learning Centre attended the Mpumalanga Schools Festival in Nelspruit, a project of the Grahamstown Foundation, thanks to the All Heart Fund. In many rural South African schools, there is not the time, facilities or resources to create a robust Arts curriculum. Understandably, the focus is on preparing students for mainstream subjects such as Maths and Science. This festival is an answer to that problem: it is a two day event offering workshops and lectures that develop an interest in Arts, culture, theatre, dance and movement. The focus is on encouraging learners to heighten their creative potential. Read more.

January 2014

January 2014

The Good Work Foundation team welcomed Byron and Val Ross on board as the new ‘Operations Manager’ and ‘Volunteer and Events Coordinator’ respectively. In the spirit of a new year, and after a number of team-building exercises, the 2014 team gathered under the Digital Tree of Knowledge at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre for the year’s first photo.

December 2013

December 2013

The morning after Tata Madiba passed away, 38 volunteers from six different African high schools arrived in the Free State town of Philippolis, one of South Africa’s so-called “poverty pockets”, for a planned week of community service. The students finish work on a soup kitchen, an adult literacy hall, a store room and two vegetable gardens. They also coordinate Christmas gifts for the town’s children. Honoring Tata Madiba – what a way to end the year. Watch video.

November 2013

November 2013

Inspired by the heart and spirit of Leanna Knopik, a young lady who touched many lives, the All Heart Fund is set up, with the help and backing of Beth and Steve Knopik, and Michael and Terri Klauber. As well as supporting Good Work Foundation’s vision for digital learning centres in rural Africa, the fund creates opportunities for students to travel to larger communities and cities for unique educational and leadership experiences and to connect with real-life businesses. In addition, one special student will be chosen to receive the Leanna Knopik Cup, an annual award which honors the student who demonstrates the biggest “heart”.

October 2013

October 2013

On Friday 4th October, Good Work Foundation and Madlala Digital Learning Centre present the inaugural Shine Talent and Arts Day at Madlala High School in Justicia. The purpose is to offer learners the “stage” to showcase their talents, from singing and dancing, to drama and poetry reading. Madlala’s talented youngsters connect with a full audience on issues that affect young people in the rural space, from teenage pregnancy and HIV, to the journey of finding yourself as an individual and growing into adulthood.

September 2013

September 2013

Thanks to generous bursaries from Absa Bank, 120 learners from Londolozi, Madlala and Hazyview graduate at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre in Mpumalanga. The majority of students receive their International Computer Driving License (ICDL) Core certificates, but there are also a large number who receive ICDL Advanced MS Word certificates as well as certificates of achievement in hospitality service.

July 2013

July 2013

M-Net Cares presents a R500,000 cheque to the Hazyview Digital Learning Centre allowing 150 new Grade Four learners from the village of Shabalala access to world-class, digital literacy education. The new learners have access to the internet, to computers and to iPads. In addition, GWF commits to deliver supplementary English and maths literacy classes. So that “access” is practical, GWF provides transport every week, ensuring that kids from this community are able to get their digital fix.

June 2013

June 2013

Good Work Foundation CEO, Kate Groch, speaks at the the TEDInstitute sessions in Edinburgh, Scotland. The opportunity allows Kate a platform to speak to an international audience about her mission to bring world-class education to rural African communities. Watch video.

May 2013

May 2013

Londolozi Preschool goes digital! As part of the vision to deliver high-impact “digital-era” literacy education to rural communities, GWF begins digital literacy education at preschools, starting at Londolozi. Initial lessons included drawing on the paint app (a firm favourite – although the kids kept checking to see if they had paint on their fingers), playing musical instruments, sand art and a variety of digital puzzles.

 

January 2013

January 2013

The Londolozi Digital Learning Centre (the “laboratory”) is given an upgrade. It becomes a window into and a chance for visitors to the Londolozi Private Game Reserve to see how GWF is leading a focused, achievable and digitally-[em]powered education model for rural Africa.

November 2012

November 2012

The first official graduation at Madlala Digital Learning Centre takes place. 25 adult learners graduate as part of the 2012 class.

October 2012

October 2012

Children of all ages have access to world class education and cutting edge technology through the Open Learning Academy at HDLC. The Open Learning Academy classes are offered after normal school hours and provide learners with access to excellence in technology, creativity, thinking, morality and learning. The curriculum goes beyond “teaching”: it is as important to help learners understand and believe in their own potential.

September 2012

September 2012

Under the leadership of facilitator Gay Sibuyi, the first International Computer Drivers License (ICDL) classes begin at HDLC. The centre can accommodate 500 learners at one time, has 51 computers, a digital whiteboard, two computer rooms, two classrooms, a central open learning space and high-speed “always on” wireless internet connectivity.

August 2012

August 2012

T-Systems and GWF open the Hazyview Digital Learning centre (HDLC). Trevor Manuel – then Minister of South Africa’s National Planning Commission – gives the opening address. Using technology such as smart screens and iPads, as well as the skills of retired professional teachers and international volunteers, among other resources, the centre aims to offer “digital-era” literacy education and career training to school-aged and adult learners in the community.

Nedbank agrees to sponsor 15 adults learners (six-month International Computer Drivers License course) and 30 school learners (two year Open Learning Academy programme) to attend HDLC. Shortly after, ABSA Bank sponsors 70 learners to attend HDLC.

June 2012

June 2012

The learners of Madlala Digital Learning Centre write their first International Computer Drivers License exams. This is the first graduating class of learners from Madlala who can “drive” a computer and are able to access the same digital information as anyone else in the world.

February 2011

February 2011

Less than thirty miles from Londolozi, Madlala Digital Learning Centre launches as a pilot project. GWF and Madlala High School partner with Africa Foundation to build a digital learning centre of excellence. Digital and English literacy classes form the basis of the curriculum with environmental, creativity as well as leadership modules also being taught. The Madlala Digital Learning Centre is run by trained young people from the community and the model is built to be sustainable and viable as a business.

2007

2007

With the return of the Varty family to Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Londolozi Learning Centre in Mpumalanga province opens its doors with teaching stalwart Mo Groch as the facilitator and “Gogo” of learning. The objective is to provide Londolozi personnel with sustainable learning instruction and accredited training in the areas of English, tourism and digital literacy.

Londolozi Learning Centre becomes a laboratory from which learning programmes spread out into GWF’s learning centres in rural communities.

December 2005

December 2005

In partnership with GWF, the entire community of Philippolis begins work on building the first ever preschool for the Griqwa community in Bergmanshoogte. From making our own bricks to fitting the window frames and the glass, this was a “make it happen with as little as possible” project and today the preschool is an important part of each Philippolis child’s life.

2003

2003

2003 – 2005. In the rural Free State Town of Philippolis, Good Work Foundation (GWF) – under the guidance of ex-teacher Kate Groch – begins work to support schools in the area. The focus is to work with this impoverished community to identify areas where GWF can make a difference. The “difference” ranges from providing extra lessons to planting sustainable vegetable gardens.