ICT in Education Initiatives

​The mobile education training programme is addressing SA’s shortage of ICT skills

Exposure to ICT for all pupils is essential and there is an urgent need for skills training in it throughout the education sector. To address this, the Vodacom Foundation, in partnership with the department of basic education, Microsoft, Cisco, Intel and Mindset, established the mobile education training programme to expose pupils to ICT and empower teachers to use it effectively in the classroom.

Vodacom ICT Initiatives

Vodacom is involved with a number of ICT initiatives aimed at assisting and educating all Vodacom student subscribers.Currently they are involved in:

  • The Mobile Education programme
  • Vodacom Tries for Books campaign
  • Skills development and job creation within the ICT sector
  • Vodacom Millionaires  also donates a fully equipped computer centre each month and provides free access to the Internet to disadvantaged schools.

 

ICT roll out for grade 11 classrooms

The Gauteng Department of Education has started the ICT Paperless Classroom Project for Grade 11. The programme started in 2015 and is targeted at no fee schools in townships.

Creating opportunities

Microsoft Partners in Learning is a 10-year, almost 500 million dollar, global initiative aimed at improving teaching and learning.In South Africa, they have trained over 31 000 teachers and school leaders on ICT integration to enhance teaching and learning, having an impact on nearly 4 million learners.

Considerations and Trends for the Education Sector

The increasing use of technology to improve educational access and methods is becoming key to the growth of all areas within this sector. There is a movement within the educational sector to innovate through technology. Effective and reliable technology can dramatically strengthen teaching and learning. It can also make an enormous positive impact on the internal productivity of educational institutions.

Operation Phakisa

Operation Phakisa ICT in education sees experts and officials from the national and provincial departments of basic education, labour, academia, and the private sector engage in problem-solving solutions to develop the national rollout of ICT in the basic education sector.

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