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DiData expands e-learning programme

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Dimension Data’s E-Learning Centre initiative has been implemented in eight provinces and continues to give students in Limpopo access to premium technology applications to support the school curriculum.

In the Limpopo province, the e-learning centres are hosted at Hudson Ntswanwisi Secondary School and DZJ Mtebula Secondary School in Tzaneen, and Hwiti Secondary School in Polokwane.

Each school is equipped with five e-learning trolley machines. The schools are equipped with a central server, wireless network and drop down screens in selected classrooms, trolley machines that include a computer, projector, DVD player, wireless router and amplified speakers.

In addition, more than 4 000 teachers have been trained to use the system. The teacher training programme consists of basic computer training and steps on how to navigate the e-learning system and the tools loaded on the system. Login credentials have been created for all educators and loaded with content to assist them to deliver content-rich, challenging and interesting learning material to students.

The e-learning centres are benefiting approximately 1 800 learners in the province.

The programme harnesses the capabilities of the Internet and multimedia technology to bring the subject curriculum to life, reinforce lessons, and promotes active learning. Lessons and workbooks for each subject are accessed via the computer and projected on to the dropdown screen. The system delivers a complete, multidimensional learning experience, incorporating audio and visual material.

The Dimension Data E-Learning initiative was established in 2006 and has provided multimedia learning to over 30 000 learners nationwide. The e-learning curriculum covers english first additional language and home language, mathematics, life sciences, physical science and accounting.  The programme covers the curriculum for Grades 10, 11 and 12 and is designed to improve the quality and depth of secondary education output.

All Dimension Data e-learning content is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education.

Sibusiso Buthelezi, GM: BEE compliance at Dimension Data Middle East and Africa, comments: “The National E-Learning Programme is based on the success of the Dimension Data Saturday School and the company’s intention to extend the vision of benefitting more underprivileged learners. It is our belief that technology can be used to rapidly improve the quality and effectiveness of education in disadvantaged communities.”