Dimension Data Dimension Data’s nationwide E-Learning Centre initiative, in partnership with Convergence Partners Foundation, continues to give students access to premium technology applications to support the school curriculum.
E-learning was established in 1996 and provides multimedia learning to over 27 500 learners nationwide enrolled at 52 partner schools. The e-learning curriculum covers English, mathematics, life science, physical science and accounting. The programme covers the curriculum for grades 10, 11 and 12 and is designed to dramatically improve the quality and depth of secondary education output. The programme has, to date, accelerated the pass rate in these subjects in 52 of our partner schools throughout South Africa.
The centres are equipped with a central server, wireless network, drop down screens and an e-learning trolley. The trolley comprises a computer, projector, DVD player, wireless router and amplified speakers and a computer. Each school is equipped with five e-learning trolley machines. Teachers at the schools have been trained to use the system so that it can be utilised to the utmost, and its benefits reach a vast majority of learners. Unique login credentials have been created for all educators and loaded with content to assist them to deliver content-rich, challenging and interesting learning material to students.
The e-learning programme harnesses the capabilities of multimedia technology, bringing the subject curriculum to life. It reinforces lessons and promotes active learning. Lessons and workbooks for each learning area are accessed via the computer and projected onto the dropdown screen. The system delivers a complete, multidimensional and rich learning experience, incorporating audio and visual material. All e-learning content is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.
Since the first pilot programme was introduced into two schools in Gauteng in 2006, e-learning has delivered incredible results and given expression to Dimension Data’s socioeconomic development initiatives. Since the inception of the E-Learning Programme, over 27 500 learners from 52 beneficiary schools nationally have benefited.
According to Sibusiso Buthelezi, General Manager: BEE Compliance, Dimension Data Middle East and Africa: “The National E-Learning programme is based on the success of the Dimension Data Saturday School and the company’s intention to extend the vision of benefiting more underprivileged learners. It is our belief that technology can be used to rapidly improve the quality and effectiveness of education in disadvantaged communities.”
Dimension Data continues to align itself with the initiatives of government and the needs of the communities by delivering innovative programmes and solutions that help increase economic growth and sustainable development for all. The company’s goal is to reach 40 000 learners by 2015 through its National E-Learning initiative.
Education is a top priority for Dimension Data and Convergence Partners and the programme has touched over 27 500 learners across 52 schools. Furthermore, over 3 000 educators have been trained on the E-Learning Management Tool
The Convergence Partners Foundation became a joint sponsor of the e-learning initiative in 2008, as part of the upliftment objectives of the Convergence Partners Group, which mostly focus on the use of technology to bolster education.
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