Eastern Cape e-Learning Summit puts digitization of the classroom in public schools under the spotli
Access to technology is a key component in today's increasingly digital society but in a province, that mostly consists of rural areas, this can be a challenging factor. The inadequacy and disadvantages of the Provence lives a gap in most schools that prejudices the leaners, teachers and surrounding rural communities within the Eastern Cape.
The event organisers Imbizo events together with the Eastern Cape Department of Education have taken into consideration that at its most basic level, there is a serious shortage of the minimum infrastructure to support ICTs at many schools. Providing Eastern Cape schools with ICT resources is a challenging task, while also focusing on the interaction among teachers, learners, and the online environment and on collaborative learning. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has long been mooted as the key to academic success in South Africa.
The two entities have invited stakeholders to look at ways to help enhance teaching and learning outcomes in the province using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). This initiative is supported by The Department of Basic Education, the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services and SABC Education.
Under the theme “e-Learning an imperative for sustainable quality education,” various government departments, private entities, academic institutions and non-profit organisations will gather at Southern Sun Hemingways Hotel in East London on 18 May 2017. Followed by the International Girls in ICT Day, where the Hon Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Ms. Stella Ndabeni – Abrahams will launch a Cyber Lab in Cala-Eastern Cape, on the 19th of May 2017.
“We are working towards developing E-Learning educational system to improve Matric results in the province. We believe in providing digital access to disadvantaged schools especially those in remote areas.” says Mr. Motse Mfuleni- Director of e-Learning Summit
The key objectives of the Eastern Cape e-Learning Summit are, to contribute in the academic performance of learners using e-Learning tools, whereas assisting in the growth of the teaching professionals using e-Learning teaching methods, tools and galvanise stakeholders in the e-learning environment.
Participants will discuss topics such as e-Learning content costs for public schools, digital classrooms, data costs for schools, managing teaching content licenses and rights. The summit will host over 20 speakers, who will enlighten and engage the audience in different topical addresses.
Speakers include, some below:
Hon. Ms Stella Ndabeni- Abrahams
Deputy Minister of the Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services
Mr. Seliki Tlhabane
Chief Director: MST Curriculum and Enhancement of Programs - Department of Basic Education
Mr. Lumko Mtimde
Chief Executive Officer – USAASA
Mr. Carlito Sheikh
Head of Digital Media Strategy – SABC Education
Professor Werner Olivier
Director – Govan Mbeki Mathematic Development Centre - NMMU
Mr. Luvuyo Rani
Founder – Silulo Ulutho Technologies
Ms Zania Van Niekerk
Digital Consultant - Macmillan Education