HP South Africa has awarded six South African institutions under its Innovation in Education Grant Initiative, which rewards secondary schools and universities for innovtive teaching and learning projects.

This year’s winners include six academic institutions from across South Africa out of 50 winners across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and 150 winners worldwide.
To identify South Africa’s most innovative schools and universities, HP SA worked in partnership with the Department of Education. Overall, 15 South African secondary schools and universities were shortlisted in the global grant initiative. A panel of HP and education experts evaluated the submissions and selected those that best integrated technology at the intersection of teaching and learning to foster innovation in education.
Gois Fouché, acting MD of HP SA, comments: “The grant initiative, targeting innovation within the education sector, is vital to developing the next generation of high-tech innovators who will be key to South Africa’s future growth. The institutions we are honouring today are leaders – not just in South Africa – but globally, and we should all be incredibly proud of their achievements.”
South Africa’s winning schools and universities were awarded mobile technology solutions, including tablet PCs, laptops, printers and access points, as well as a cash donation to the total value of $100,000.00.
In addition, winners will be invited to attend the global HP Innovation in Education Worldwide Summit in February 2010, where they will meet faculty members from around the world who are similarly engaged in using technology to transform teaching and learning. Here, they will be able to share ideas and best practices with their peers from around the world in areas such as online learning, virtual worlds and simulations.
South Africa’s 2009 winners of the HP Innovation in Education Grant Initiative are:
* Bokamoso Science & Technology Education Centre, Polokwane, for its creation of the Bokamoso Science & Technology Education Centre (BOSTEC)/HP Innovation Centre project, a science centre based in the rural community of Limpopo Province;
* Esayidi FET Public College, Port Shepstone, for its Technologically Expanding Bridges of Opportunity project;
* Mnambithi FET College, Ladysmith, for its project to introduce tablet PCs to the local community;
* Osizweni Education & Development Centre, Secunda, for its HP Interactive Digital Classroom project;
* University of Fort Hare, Alice, for its Academic Support for Science, Engineering, Technology project (FOSST Discovery Centre, University of Fort Hare); and
* University of the Western Cape, Bellville, for its Undergraduate Research Training in Computer Sciences.
”Together with the Departments of Education and Science & Technology, I believe we are making a real contribution to the future of South Africa,” says Fouché.