Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 | ICT in Africa, technology
Donald Grant, MEC for Education in the Western Cape, visited Bridgeville Primary School on the Cape Flats today to show to the media what schools can achieve by means of technology.
Bridgeville Primary School is a shining example of how technology can be harnessed to improve learning outcomes. Over the past years the literacy ratings of learners in this school have shot up dramatically. The principal, Albert Arendse, attributes much of this success to the use of technology. The school has a computer laboratory with 25 computers, as well as an interactive whiteboard in every classroom.
The next goal of the school is to use technology to improve numeracy, which is a serious problem in most of the schools in the province.
MEC Grant told the media that he and the Western Cape Education Department are serious about the use of technology to strengthen teaching and learning in the province. Through the award-winning Khanya project, 1 225 schools have already been helped to acquire computer facilities, and by 2012 all the schools in the province will reach this status. The MEC also informed the media that he is determined to find a way to provide broadband connectivity to all schools.
A huge investment in time and money has already been made in order to lay a solid base of technology in the province. The next challenge for the minister and his department is to ensure that teachers receive continued support for optimal technology use.