Photo Update: Inside Rural South Africa’s e-Learning Classrooms

Good Work Foundation continues to deliver digital learning to under-resourced primary schools, allowing those schools to outsource their digital, English and mathematics literacy to a GWF digital learning campus. The programme should be understood in its two separate phases:

  • Open Learning Phase One: Grade four learners from a campus’s satellite primary schools attend the Open Learning Academy every week for a year as part of its formal curriculum.
  • Open Learning Phase Two: GWF digital facilitators, together with a charging trolley loaded with tablet computers and education software, extend the learning environment created at the digital learning campus back into the primary school, ensuring on-going learning for grade five learners, and then grade six and seven learners in subsequent years.

Phase two has been reaching rural primary schools since September 2015, thanks to a partnership that includes the Mpumalanga Department of Education as well as Rand Water Foundation. Here’s a photo update:


No papers, no pens. No pencils and no textbooks. The classroom of the future is ready to receive students at a Mpumalanga primary school.


Open Learning Academy digital facilitator, Selby Mokoena, readies the “computer class on wheels” for another class.


Head of Open Learning, Crispen Bvumbghe, presents the digital lab on wheels to the headmaster at Majika Primary School.


Majika Primary school learners getting ready to take their new tablets out of their boxes.


Digital class in progress at Tfolinhlanhla Primary School.


Happy faces at Siyafundza Primary School.


The team in pink at work in another Open Learning phase two class.


Blended mathematics, using “boogie boards” and Mecer tablets.