A recent visit by Western Cape premier Helen Zille and Education MEC Debbie Schafer to a school in Gugulethu has confirmed their belief that the integration of technology assisted learning in our education system is the way to go.
The two visited Litha Primary School where learners have been furnished with tablets, internet connectivity and learning material to assist them in the quest for knowledge as part of the eLearning Game Changer initiative.
The school is one of 16 schools in the initiative and across the Western Cape benefit from internet connectivity WAN(Western Cape Government Network), LAN(local area network), Smart Classrooms and devices are provided all learners.
Zille said that they believe that eLearning will reduce the gap between poor and well-resourced schools by improving access to the best education resources and support.
“The digital revolution is already affecting every aspect of life, including education. Digital technology has the potential to greatly enhance every aspect of schooling, from teaching and learning, to assessment, school management and parent support,” she said.
She added that the visit was inspirational because of the way the school leadership, teaching staff and learners have embraced eLearning and are using it to full capacity.
The school has 21 instruction rooms that have been fitted with a teacher notebook, digital interactive whiteboard, visualizer and a wireless data projector, making each classroom a fully modern, digitally enabled space that is connected to the schools’ wireless local area network (LAN) and the broader Western Cape Government Network (WAN).
She said that despite the initial skepticism, teachers and learners have really taken on this new digital age way of learning.
School principal Sedick du Toit concurred and stressed that as Litha was a no fee school they needed such initiatives to be implemented.
“We are very grateful that our school was chosen. This is a magnificent opportunity for us because such programs improve the chances of our children being accepted in good schools such as the Leap School for Science,” he said.
Schafer said that the department’s vision was to use eLearning to improve literacy and numeracy, and to ensure that our learners are better prepared for the 21st century.
“In model schools, every classroom will become a Smart Classroom, and every learner will be allocated a device.
I am excited to be here today to showcase how well Litha Primary School has transitioned to become one of our model schools – this does not happen without strong leadership from the Principal and School Management Team.
Thank you for your commitment to improving the lives of the learners through eLearning.”