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Tech4RED to benefit learners at E Cape schools

Tech4RED to benefit learners at E Cape schools
Jun 12
12:08 2015

Cofimvaba – Teaching and learning in some schools in the Eastern Cape will no longer be hampered by power cuts, thanks to the new technology, Tech4RED, launched today by Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.

The Arthur Mfebe Secondary School and ST Marks Primary Schools outside Queenstown are two of the schools to benefit from the Tech4RED technology. The new technology has already been installed at the schools and is functioning.

Ayanda Plaatjies, a Grade 10 learner at Arthur Mfebe School, told SAnews she is grateful for the new technology as learning at the school will no longer be hampered by load shedding.

“With the new technology, our school will never run out of electricity,” she said.

She explained that with the new technology, electricity is generated using gas cylinders and that it is a safe method of generating power.

Amahle Nduna, also a learner at the same school, said the new technology is easy to operate and cost effective.

“Now we can learn even if there is no electricity,” she said with excitement.

Prior to the unveiling of the new project, learning at the school was often hampered by power cuts.

School Principal Lwando Rwayi, told SAnews that he is happy with the new technology installed at the school.

“Learners will no longer be disturbed by load shedding as it used to happen in the past,” he said.

According to the Department of Science and Technology, plans are underway to have the project implemented in all schools, especially those in rural areas.

The project uses a ‘crowding in’ of technologies approach to improve the quality of teaching and learning in a rural school environment.

Other components of Tech4RED include the provision of tablets to teachers and learners to see how this can also contribute to the improvement of maths and science learning.

Other technologies that are being tested to improve the conditions of learning include e-health and the building of a science centre to improve maths and science learning.

The Tech4RED project is a pilot project initiated by the department in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Department of Rural Development and Land Reform and the Eastern Cape Department of Education.

Launching the project, Minister Pandor said the project is unique in the sense that it demonstrates not only how technology could enhance the educational outcomes but there is also a need to ensure that the environment in which learners learn is conducive.

“The project contributes to the improvement of rural education through ICT-led innovation in nutrition, agri-teaching, water, sanitation and e-health,” she said.

Minister Pandor explained that the project is comprehensive, holistic and aimed at serving the best interests of the school child.

“I’m pleased to see science and technology at work. I no longer have to talk about new ideas bearing fruit in 20 years’ time.

“I can tell South Africa and the world that science and technology bring people together for innovative solutions,” the Minister said.

Minister Pandor said young people growing up in South Africa today are far more fortunate than preceding generations.

“Our government is striving hard to ensure all our children have education of high quality, nutrition and work opportunities.

“Our intervention through this project is to help all our schools achieve these objectives,” the Minister said.

The project consists of a number of themed working groups developing and implementing interventions using established and new technologies in schools in the Nciba Circuit. – SAnews.gov.za

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