Photo Update from our Open Learning for Africa Campaign

We are challenging education in rural South Africa, and you have helped by signing up more than 400 rural learners for the Open Learning, digital education programme at Good Work Foundation’s Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

We’ve still got 16 days to go, so if you would like to contribute ($25 sends one learner to the Open Learning Academy for a year) click here to join the movement.

Here are some April photos from the Open Learning Academy.

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“Pick me, pick me, pick me.” One of our biggest missions is to make learning fun. Create a space where kids want to learn – full of passionate educators, interactive games and group work.

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Good Work Foundation, Kate Groch, talks about challenging the way we see education with the Minister of Education for Mpumalanga, MEC Reginah Mhaule. In the foreground, children from Mpunzane Primary School use a mixture of traditional learning and e-learning to master multiplication.

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Head of Open Learning, Crispen Bvumbghe is an expert in “blended learning” as well as the facilitation of self-organised learning environments. Here he is facilitating a session with Grade 4 learners from Ifalethu Primary School.

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Two students from Ifalethu team up for “word search” under the Digital Tree of Knowledge at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

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Tfolinhlanhla Primary School was the first school to join the Open Learning Academy, and, at the end of 2014, their English and math’s results had improved by more than 30 percent. Here they are under the Digital Tree of Knowledge with our team of facilitators and educators.

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At school, rural class sizes average 50. At the Open Learning Academy, learners are split into groups of eight. Every week this equates to two hours of concentrated, high-quality learning.

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Each Digital Learning Centre or “hub” can support 10 satellite schools and 10 000 learners.

Why $25 is All It Takes

The cost of supporting a rural student through the Open Learning Academy is just $25 per year. That’s less than 50 cents per week.

For that you buy a student, like those in the photos above, access to a high-tech hub of learning: one that uses technology (think: latest education apps, gamification, and interactive learning) to make huge improvements in English and math.

The Result

The first school to join the Open Learning movement has seen a 28% year-on-year improvement in their English result and a 37% improvement in their math result. They are now the top performing school in the district.

How You Can Contribute

What are you waiting for? We’re ready to push the Open Learning movement forward, bringing the future to rural Africa, and we need global support. Using a secure online crowdfunding platform, in less than a minute, you can sponsor one, 10, 40 or 100 students, and there is an option to sponsor an entire school.

Click here to Learn More and Join the Movement

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