Vodacom Business supports e-Learning in Eastern Cape
Jul 17,2014 0 Comments
Vodacom-red-rebranding-225×300.jpg” width=”225″ height=”300″ />Today delegates gathered at the Eastern Cape e-Learning Summit in East London to help enhance teaching and learning outcomes in the province through the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
According to Vodacom Business and the Eastern Cape Provincial government The purpose of the event is to reflect on the peculiar challenges of learning and teaching in a mostly rural province and, in a collaborative and sustainable manner, seek to address some of the most pressing issues. The ICT industry stakeholders invited to the summit will pledge their commitment to partner with the Eastern Cape Department of Education in providing ICT solutions and other e-Learning infrastructure.
The summit is the realisation of an on-going partnership between Vodacom Business and the Eastern Cape Department of Education to give schools and communities without internet connectivity access to basic ICT resources.
As a result of this partnership and in line with its objective of increasing the penetration of ICT infrastructure in the province, Vodacom says it has pledged to support the Eastern Cape Province by equipping and connecting 11 teacher centres in the province over two years. The teacher centres are equipped with interactive boards, laptops, desktops, servers, data projectors, routers and printers.
These centres will provide the province with spaces designed to train teachers on how to integrate ICT in the classroom. The ICT centres will further provide equipment and access to educational content. This will ensure a sustainable introduction of e-learning in the province.
Vodacom Business, Chief Officer, Vuyani Jarana says: “Our teachers achieve so much in what are often difficult circumstances, so one can just imagine what is possible if they are supported with the latest equipment and training. It’s a privilege to be part of the e-learning initiative and to use Vodacom’s technology to unlock the true potential of learners in the Eastern Cape.”
The Eastern Cape has 7 416 schools in its provincial responsibility. The majority of these schools, especially those in the rural villages, do not have access to ICT, creating a knowledge gap that prejudices the learners and teachers in the province.
The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape says it has identified the key strategic pillars in optimising the utilisation of ICT to enhance outcomes such as systematic deployment of ICT infrastructure across schools in the province, ensure universal access to all schools over a period of time, sustained programme to enhance digital literacy levels amongst educators, forge partnerships with relevant industry parties to ensure synergistic outcomes, migration towards digital environment (increased utilisation of ICT in teaching and learning) and funding model that systematically mobilises all resources.
Eastern Cape Education MEC Mandla Makupula says: “As technology advances, it is important for the Department to take advantage of such developments and improve the quality of teaching and learning in the province. We also need to make it easy for parents and learners to access educational information anytime, anywhere and through any device.”
“For 20 years Vodacom has been working to address some of the country’s most pressing humanitarian challenges by using mobile technology as a basis for innovative solutions. Since, 2009 we have connected 893 schools and 40 teacher centres across the country. The company has also worked with the Gauteng Department of Education on the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) which recently won the 2014 United Nations Public Service Award”.