Technology Breaks Down the Barriers to Quality Education

Through the power of technology and the internet, the barrier of distance between selected schools will be broken down when school starts today!  Starting this week, classes at selected schools in Johannesburg will be merged, virtually.

This pilot project consists of 10 schools that will be “twinned” virtually, using smart technology with wi-fi, interactive whiteboards and tablets for learners.  The plan is to have the schools fully merged by June 2015, and forms part of a larger drive towards paperless schools.

The concept of twinning schools and virtually shared classrooms has been around for many years, and is exemplified by the award-winning Ligbron eLearning Project in Mpumalanga.  Now, learners in Gauteng will benefit from this best practice approach.

“When the best biology teacher teaches in Kempton Park, these kids here (in Tembisa) can see what he is doing,” says Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.

Through the technology, learners in rural or inaccessible areas will have access to the skills and expertise of teachers in other schools, while being able to communicate and collaborate with a wider range of peers.  The twinning will allow teachers to share best practices, and governing bodies to trade ideas.

This is part of a greater drive in the country towards e-Inclusion in South Africa – the digital inclusion of learners across the country, regardless of any barriers, in a quality education system, enabled by technology.

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