Publishing giant makes e-learning an easy feat

2017-09-28 06:01
Educators from ID Mkhize High School and staffers of McMillan Education’s eLearning Programme, on Friday.         PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

Educators from ID Mkhize High School and staffers of McMillan Education’s eLearning Programme, on Friday. PHOTO: Mandla MAhashe

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It was an afternoon of pride for educators from four schools when ID Mkhize hosted the McMillan eLearning Development Schools program awards.

McMillian Education is a publishing company specialising in learning materials such as text books, which has now begun ton venture into digital education tools.

As part of the eLearning programme, the company has been training teachers to use these tools effectively.

On Friday teachers from Masibambisane High, Imvumelwano Primary in Kraaifontein as well as Intshinga Primary and ID Mkhize, both in Gugulethu, were awarded for participation, performance and understanding of the system.

The schools were offered tablets with learning tools to use for the six months duration of the training and it seems that the learners and educators took to it like fish to water and were given a sweet surprise.

Pregi Naidoo, managing director at McMillan Education, lauded the educators for the dedication and being open to learn new tricks, so to speak.

“I have never seen such a group of dedicated individuals that have taken this program so well.

The plan was that the tablets would be used by the school and be returned back to the company(after use), but due to the wonderful progress shown by the school they will keep them,” He said.

Naidoo also pledged that the company will furnish the schools with a maths learning program to the value of R100, 000 for each school.

ID Mkhize Principal Zola Phahlana said that they were grateful for such an opportunity.

“McMillan is a company I have admired for the way it represents and protects its brand. The challenge is now on us to use these tools effectively,” he said.

Dr Heinie Brand, head of professional development at the WCED said: “I understand that this was not easy for educators and learners as well. I thank you for your selflessness,”. He was referring to teachers.

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