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Supporting Teachers

This model focuses on the professional development of teachers – their abilities, skills and capacity – as well as helping then with their teaching and learning activities and their administrative work. ICT is particularly helpful when it comes to content development, preparation, teaching activities and assessment.  

Many teachers grew up with limited access to technology and find ICT adoption more difficult than their learners do. Less than 35% of South Africa’s teachers had been trained in basic digital and ICT skills by 2011. Interventions assist by equipping teachers with the digital tools and skills they need to teach and manage their duties. Teachers who have achieved high levels of competence in digital learning have also been recognised.

[Case Study] Telkom Foundation: Agility and Innovation in the Face of an Unprecedented Crisis

telkom case study education BIS 2020 logoThe Telkom Foundation has a long track record of implementing high-impact programming, targeting the most vulnerable communities across South Africa. Its interventions are aimed at improving education by bridging the digital divide in the South African education sector. This is in line with Telkom’s stature as a large telecommunications company, and its commitment to equipping young people with the skills they need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Read more: [Case Study] Telkom Foundation: Agility and Innovation in the Face of an Unprecedented Crisis

Schoolnet SA 2019 Digital Learning Conference

In June 2019, Schoolnet SA 2019 ran a Digital Learning Conference at Lebone II College of the Royal Bafokeng in North West Province. This and similar conferences accelerate digital integration within schools. Schoolnet is the country partner for Intel, Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle and Google Education and local partners Vodacom, CSIR, Telkom, Sun International and Anglo Platinum

Vodacom continues to drive positive outcomes for education

Vodacom continues to be involved in improving education in South Africa. They assist with making physical improvements to school infrastructure as well as enhancing education by providing access to digital connectivity and internet access. They assist with teacher training, access to caps aligned digital learning materials  and provide internet to the greater community surrounding the schools they support. They regularly collaborate with 13 NGO’s working in the sector.

MTN: New World Teacher training programme

The MTN SA Foundation has designed the New World teacher training programme to meet the demand for teachers equipped to cope with the changing world by teaching subjects in ICT. The purpose of the programme is to equip teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement e-learning successfully, with a particular interest in ICT education for learners with disabilities.

TeaSterl: Educators' ICT infusion

Teaching on a Shoe-String, eTechnology and Reciprocal Learning (TeaSterl) focuses on teacher support in rural settings. TeaSterl works with under-resourced and finance-constrained schools.

 

INTEL ‘Teach to the Future’ Teacher Development Programme

This worldwide programme provides free professional development for teachers to help them integrate technology into instruction to enhance student learning. In South Africa, provincial senior trainers were selected and trained, and education department officials were also trained. The programme was implemented in 1 000 schools in all 9 provinces. 

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