The Month in Pictures #15

This past month has been a big one for us at Good Work Foundation (GWF). After testing, piloting, growing, pushing and creating the Open Learning Academy model over the last 18 months, we have shared our plan with the world to extend the programme to 10,000 rural schoolchildren. Over the next year, it is our goal to prove that this model, based on a digital learning hub servicing up to ten satellite schools, is a viable solution to many of the challenges facing rural education. To support our initiative, we have created Karabo, an online avatar (watch her video here), who is representative of millions of rural South African primary schoolchildren. We have also launched our first ever crowd funding campaign – to find out more and share, click here. Of course, a lot more has been going on and we’ve included some of the action in the photos below.

Let us know which is your favourite this month.


Somehow all of our best photos are of people wearing pink! This young learner (four years old) is part of a new initiative of extending Open Learning to preschools. Hazyview Digital Learning Centre is now a digital hub for Mpila Preschool, and Madlala Digital Learning Centre is a hub for Ntshuxekani and Happy Homes in Justicia.


When students attend the Open Learning Academy, we arrange them into self organised learning environments (known as SOLE). Facilitators guide the learning, but the point is for learners to have fun and to discover.


Neo from Otley has been at the Hazyview Open Learning Academy as part of our holiday programme. He is crazy (in a good way) – full of energy and laughter. He brings endless light to our space under the Tree.


Thanks to a very thoughtful donor in the UK (who knows that winter is coming) Omelia, Gogo and a “little one” from the Londolozi digital preschool try on some “wools for winter.” The preschool is full of children under five and “yes” we do get some cold days – so this was a wonderful gift!


“Karabo’s story is my story.” We launched our first ever crowdfunding campaign in March and it is based on the life of our Open Learning avatar, Karabo. The animated Karabo is a rural schoolgirl who has been able to improve her English and math’s as a result of having access to digital learning. Bunhle (photographed here) is the real life example. Karabo’s story is Bunhle’s story.


Hazyview’s biggest One Direction fans just happen to be ‪#‎RuralRockstars‬ at GWF too. Sante Msume (left) and Fiona Mathebula (right) are enrolled as full-time bridging year students at Hazyview Digital Learning Centre. In Mpumalanga, the bridging year delivers an internationally-recognised IT, English and Hospitality qualification to 250 adults every year.


Amazing smile from a Grade 4 learner from Ifalethu Primary School.


First time on an iPad. First time colouring in with my finger. Photo by Linky Nkuna at Ntshuxekani Preschool.


Mpumalanga Arts Festival selfie: Linky Nkuna and her Madlala Digital Learning Centre students at an annual schools event in Nelspruit that is sponsored by the All Heart Fund.