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:

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

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

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

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

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Digital class in progress at Tfolinhlanhla Primary School.

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Happy faces at Siyafundza Primary School.

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

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

 

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