High school learners to take World Cup moments to screen

2010-05-31 11:48

Sixty high school learners will be recording their 2010 World Cup

experiences for broadcast on DStv’s channel 112.

iSchoolAfrica, an initiative aimed at improving technology in

African schools, has set up its World Cup Youth Broadcasting Teams project in

Gauteng, North West, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

Fifteen private and public schools will each have four learners

reporting on themes related to the soccer tournament.

“Our media partner, M-Net, has donated airtime for content to be

flighted during June and July on Magic World channel on the DSTV bouquet,” said Michelle Lissoos,

the project’s spokesperson.

“We are also partnering with Let’s Play, a Supersport initiative

that focuses on encouraging youth to participate in healthy activities.

The

project will have its own website, www.ischoolafrica.com, where video content

will be hosted.”

One of the excited learners, Siphosakhe Mkhaba, said: “I feel so

honoured to be part of this huge campaign. It exposes me to so many places. It’s

making my dreams to travel come true, using the latest technology and showing

the world the country I live in and love. I can’t wait to see the best

footballers on this planet in my own backyard.”

iSchoolAfrica has also partnered with Peermont Schools Support

Programme, an initiative by the hotel group that has injected R40 million to

install mobile classrooms in Gauteng schools.

Peermont chief corporate affairs executive, Vusi Zwane, said the

mobile classrooms comprised 12 Apple Mac laptops, 12 digital cameras and a

digital projector to be used in programme and project-based learning.

“The mobile classroom complements the conventional 40 work-station

computer laboratories installed at the schools. The computer laboratories are

used for one-to-one remedial learning to improve reading skills, comprehension

and literacy and to support repetitive type learning,” he said.

Zwane said the hosting of Apple Mac-book camps over the 2010 Soccer

World Cup school holidays would give learners the opportunity to play with and

master the technology under controlled and supervised conditions.


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