The Month in Pictures #12

It was Alan Kay who said: “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” In our final Month in Pictures of 2014, here are some of our predictions (and inventions):

Alan Griffith and Marianna Gdanis (of Konica Minolta bizhub South Africa) attend a   conservation day at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. Konica Minolta are proud partners of the new bizhub Conservation Academy.

As we move into the digital age, conservation is changing too. In South Africa there is a need (and opportunity) for more young people to become involved in the “economy of wildlife” AND there is a need for us to think about how conservation will function in the future. From drone flying, to high-tech security and big data processing, we believe wildlife protection will advance dramatically in the next ten years. Photo: Alan Griffith and Marianna Gdanis (of Konica Minolta bizhub South Africa) attend a conservation day at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre with Gogo Mo Groch. Konica Minolta SA are proud partners of the new bizhub Conservation Academy.

Njabulo Mashele (Open Learning Academy Facilitator) presents an interactive lesson on wildlife protection as part of the new Conservation Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

The world is an ecosystem and our future generations must understand that. It is up to our children to evolve a heightened consciousness about our planet and the world that they live in. Photo: Njabulo Mashele (Open Learning Academy Facilitator) presents an interactive lesson on wildlife protection as part of the new Conservation Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre.

Linky Nkuna (Madlala Digital Learning Centre Coordinator) finally receives the long awaited Madlala "yearbook". Produced by GWF friend and ambassador, Kristine Dong of New York, the book shares photos of some of Madlala's students, together with what they think "the world ought to know" about them.

Everyone has a voice and everyone has dreams. As we become a more global world, more and more people are inspired by the thoughts and dreams of others, but even better, they are inspired to share their own dreams. Who would have ever thought that our students at Madlala would have their own yearbook, made with the help of a successful businesswoman from New York. Photo: Linky Nkuna (Madlala Digital Learning Centre Coordinator) finally receives the long awaited Madlala “yearbook”. Produced by GWF friend and ambassador, Kristine Dong of New York, the book shares photos of some of Madlala’s students, together with what they think “the world ought to know” about them.

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The world of digital learning and “edutech” is evolving exponentially – who knows what it will look like ten years from now. In the meantime, let’s get started. Let’s be the pioneers. Photo: A group of learners from Mpunzane Primary School see if they can beat the previous week’s word search scores.

Lerato, Njabulo and Glenrose were part of a team  of more than 10 facilitators and students who worked on the production of this year's Good Work Foundation Christmas video. #RuralRockstars

We predict that more and more, our website is going to contain photos, video, and stories produced by our facilitators and students. Watch this space! Photo: Lerato, Njabulo and Glenrose were part of a team of more than 10 facilitators and students who worked on the production of this year’s Good Work Foundation Christmas video. #RuralRockstars

Our leader Kate Groch, delivers her final talk to the team at our festive end of year lunch.

Our leader Kate Groch, delivers her final talk to the team at our festive end of year lunch. The message was clear – our mission as we move into 2015 must be to challenge education: how we learn, what we learn and how we bring access to world-class education to more young people.

Mercyful Mathebula at the GWF year-end lunch, pulling off the "Christmas look".

We predict “silver” for Winter Fashion Week 2015. Photo: Mercyful Mathebula at the GWF year-end lunch, pulling off the “Christmas look”.

Mpho Lebyane: Open Learning Academy facilitator, intern Media Assistant, Media Academy student and now, blogger too.

Digital education isn’t just about learning Word and PowerPoint. It’s about discovery. It’s about sharing, and it’s about content creation. Photo: Mpho Lebyane is an Open Learning Academy facilitator, intern Media Assistant, Media Academy student, and now, blogger too. She has a WordPress account, she writes for the Good Work Foundation blog and she also uses Twitter and Facebook as “business” tools.

At the final graduation of the year, Sizakele Gwebu graduated with her CompTIA A+ computing certificate. She is photographed here with Malena van der Westhuizen (T-Systems) on the left and Kate Groch on the right.

At the final graduation of the year, Sizakele Gwebu graduated with her CompTIA A+ computing certificate. We predict more and more young rural women will seize the opportunity to break from traditional gender stereotypes to become digital experts. Photo: Sizakele with Malena van der Westhuizen (T-Systems) on the left and Kate Groch on the right.

 

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