Interview with Ms Penny Vinjevold: the future of e-learning in the Western Cape

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011 | education, ICT in Africa

The Head of Department of the Western Cape Education Department, Ms Penny Vinjevold, has the difficult task to ensure high quality education for all learners in the province.  It is expected of her to raise literacy and numeracy levels of all learners and to maintain a healthy lead in matric passes.  All indications are that she is pulling out all the stops to achieve this.

Penny Vinjevold in her office in Cape Town

 But how does Ms Vinjevold feel about the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in her department.  She allowed me to interview her on this topic and I’m pleased to post her responses to the questions I put to her.

Kobus: What is your view of the role of e-learning in education?

Penny: All media that provide opportunities for learning are important to education. e-Learning is particularly versatile and provides a range of routes to the wealth of knowledge available to man. It also provides the skills to access this knowledge. e-Learning provides an abundance of reading, writing and calculating opportunities but also so much more. For example, it provides manipulative skills and so contributes to what cognitive psychologists call ‘fluid’ intelligence. It also has the potential to provide high level, accurate and accessible content knowledge in formats that paper texts cannot: chemistry cell structures, maps, diagrams etc.

Kobus: How do you feel about the Khanya Project?            

Penny: It has been very successful in providing access to computer and other electronic facilities to the teachers and learners of the Western Cape. As with all interventions in education, the benefit of this access is strongly influenced by the management of the school and the teachers at the school. In many schools, the Khanya project has added value to teaching and learning. In others the impact has been less obvious. The WCED needs to do more to see that e-learning is optimal.  

Kobus: Now it is rumoured you want to bring Khanya to an end?

Penny: Governments start projects to see if they will be successful and then go to scale if they are. Khanya has been very successful but it will soon complete its mandate to provide e-learning facilities to all schools in the Western Cape.  The WCED must now ensure that the project becomes part of its core function. In other words, we must make e-learning part of our mainstream activities.

 Kobus: Don’t you think you’re putting the huge investment in the schools in the province at risk?

Penny: There are always risks if one changes course but we have planned to mitigate the risks. This planning began in 2009 and is on track for a successful handover but the successful handover is the responsibility of all those involved, the schools, the districts and Head Office and Khanya staff. We must ensure that the work that is currently done by Khanya becomes embedded in the work of the WCED, the districts and the Department of the Premier. This means careful planning, retaining some of the strategic personnel, including the work Khanya has done in the job descriptions of officials and making sure that the handover is successful.

Kobus: What is your vision of ICTs in the future?

Penny: My vision is that the legacy of Khanya thrives and that all the learners of the Western Cape, now and in the future, benefit from the wonderful learning opportunities that e-learning offers.

 Kobus: Do you think the model established in the WC is replicable and will the WCED be willing to assist other provinces?

Penny: There is much that can and should be learnt from Khanya but this must be adjusted to suit other contexts. The WCED will do all it can to assist but it also has much to learn from other provinces and countries.

I thank the SG for agreeing to the interview and that she was willing for it to be published on this blog.    I trust all of you now have a much clearer view of the good intentions of the WCED, but also of the mammoth task ahead of the department.

If we can make this work – moving e-learning from project mode to being a permanent feature of the education department’s service offering – it will be an accomplishment of which we all can be proud.

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323 Comments to Interview with Ms Penny Vinjevold: the future of e-learning in the Western Cape

Mark C
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Just a question? What does this mean?

“We must ensure that the work that is currently done by Khanya becomes embedded in the work of the WCED, the districts and the Department of the Premier. This means careful planning, retaining some of the strategic personnel, including the work Khanya has done in the job descriptions of officials and making sure that the handover is successful.”

In particular the section that says: “retaining some of the strategic personnel, including the work Khanya has done in the job descriptions of officials and making sure that the handover is successful”.

Although I am hopeful to have a change of mind but I am rather skeptical of departmental officials and their answers….

Anonymous
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

How long will it take for the WCED staff to learn and be ready to take over the facilitating job? Are there any provisions made to ensure that the WCED personnel are capable (mindset and skills) to take over?

Charles
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

While in principle there is little to quarrel with in this interview, I am not convinced that the practical application of these principles is achievable, given the current workloads of the officials tasked to manage the process. The volume of work involved in just the upgrading of school’s technology, let alone the need for constant guidance with regard the integration of technology in the curriculum delivery process, indicates the need for a very focussed approach. This will be difficult to manage for those who already have a full workload.

Gail Ahrends
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

All I can say is thank you to you, Kobus, you have been an amazing project leader and the success of the project is due to your vision and commitment to the project but most of all your commitment to ensure learners in the Western cape are part of the global community.Khanya also proved to be a leader in following an integrated curriculum delivery approach , not one where the focus was teaching computer skills in Word or doing presentations in PowerPoint as often still is done. Thank you, that I could have been part of such a wonderful project.

Cecilia
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

With regards to the question: Don’t you think you’re putting the huge investment in the schools in the province at risk?

Answer: There are always risks if one changes course but we have planned to mitigate the risks.

The definition of mitigate: Make less severe, serious, or painful
or lessen the gravity of…..
What I conclude from this answer is that there are going to be serious problems but not as serious as it would have been if plans were not put into place.
My greatest concern with this is that the ones who suffer the most are the children. What happens to them while the officials are attempting to iron out the problems?

Anton Retief
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Why stop doing something which has being working effectively and excellent? Since we have being involved in khanya a new world and vision has opened up for pupils as well as educators. Our rural areas need initiatives like this to keep us on par.
This is money well spent. Keep on doing it because the dividends on a long term basis will outweigh any negativity that may be involved.

Lizette
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

With regard to the comment: “As with all interventions in education, the benefit of this access is strongly influenced by the management of the school and the teachers at the school. In many schools, the Khanya project has added value to teaching and learning. In others the impact has been less obvious. The WCED needs to do more to see that e-learning is optimal”, what is the department going to do differently to turn this success rate around? The success of a project relies heavily on the active, and positive, participation of all parties involved. How will this be done by adding to the workload of officials and removing regular support from these schools?

Kathy
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

e-Learning is not something that you can just add to the “job descriptions of officials.” Many of the WCED officials know less about e-learning than the teachers! It is very predictable what will happen when the specialist skills of the Khanya team are dissipated, and the phenomenal leadership of the project no longer there. Surely this is obvious? A vast amount of money has been spent to embed technology in WCED schools. I reckon at least half the teachers are already using ICT fairly effectively. Surely it is worth sustaining and developing this? Khanya has been recognised internationally because it is so rare to find a successful project of this nature in a third world context.
The McKinsey report highlights the wonderful things being done by the committed head and deputy of the WCED. I sincerely applaud the good things I see happening in schools. But on the issue of Khanya I believe that Ms Vinjevold is 100% wrong. You have a model of excellence that you will probably only fully appreciate when you have lost it.

Alan Mills UK
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

Khanya is a model of excellence that many education executives in richer countries have envied and copied.

The principle that equipment alone is not enough led to the training programmes encompassing and embracing educators,learners, IT professionals and the wider communities.

When I first met the leaders of the project in 2003 it inspired me to seek partnerships with your schools in the English membership organisation (SST) that I managed. The way in which implementation plans involved equipment introduction, safety & security together with continuous training for school educators and learners was and in many ways still is, totally unique.

I have visited technology implementation schemes in Australia, Europe, the States and other parts of Africa. Nowhere have I seen such a successful and responsible model as the one Khanya started with the full support of the WCED.

However, as experience in the UK amply demonstrates, the job is never finished. Training needs to continue and requires knowledgeable and empathetic management. The WCED, through Khanya, made a massive investment in upgrading the resources available to schools. I am proud that in my 6 years as Africa Partnership Manager for my UK charity organisation we were able to bring over R5.5m of resources to your schools through Khanya plus much support from individual schools here to their partners in SA. We would never have asked our UK company partners to provide so much financial support if we had not been sure that it would be prudently and imaginatively used with careful Khanya supervision. We were never let down.

Many of the Khanya innovations that we helped to start, like the massive IWB programme, were possible because we could say that Khanya had the management, the vision and the programme in place to ensure that resources were not squandered.

This has not always been our experience and I can give examples in other countries where the absence of a partner like Kobus from Khanya has meant wasted opportunities.

In our initial dealings with schools and initiatives and ultimately the Education Department, it was the Khanya team which kept the enthusisam real and the projects on track.

Although I am no longer a part of the Africa programme here, I am still in contact with many Western Cape schools and educators and all of them still see Khanya as the link to ICT developments and the means by which they can maintain their progress in this field.

I still get asked to present on New Technologies in Africa and it is always the Khanya experience and model that I use as my starting point. I still refer potential funders and supporters to them.

Kobus has been recognised through many international awards and I am still proud to count my learning experience with him as an important part of my own personal development.

Education throughout the whole of Africa will have lost a shining inspiration if Khanya ceases to be the lead ICT organisation it currently is.

Alan Mills
ICT Adviser
Africa Partnerships Manager for the SSAT 2003-2009

Erna
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

The Khanya staff is currently working full-time on this task. They are skilled, dedicated and able to concentrate on specifically the schools where the success rate is not so good. HOW will WCED officials be able to make a difference when they don’t have the capacity, the necessasary skills (most of them), and lack of interest? You need to have a passion for ICT in the first place.. You need to undertand the integration. You need lots of time even if you just need to monitor if everything is still on track at a school. If you walk into a computer lab, and you are satisfied when you see learners using the computers, you missed the whole point. You need to monitor WHAT they are dcing and HOW they are using it… This is not just a pop in at school, stay 15 minutes and off you go…

Erna
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

I just need to make myself clear on something that I said in my previous comment. When I say WCED officials don’t have the skills, I certainly don’t say thay they are not able to use computers! All of them use technology every day, but there is a difference. Do they know the EIWB, the educational software, etc at all? Yes they can be trained. But they will have to use it and know it so well that they will be able to support somebody.

Christelle
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

I strongly agree with Ms Vinjevold: every project has a beginning and an end!
The mandate was given to the Khanya project to supply at least one computer facility/technology to every school in the Western Cape, and we will reach that by end of March 2012.
However, repetitive processes are defined as ongoing operations and training, support and sustainability of a project such as Khanya, calls for the implementation of an ongoing programme. It stands to reason that the people who obtained a vast number of skills over the years would be the best qualified to continue with the job. Skills transfer, inclusion in job description, and capacity, a focused approach – it is a tall order to expect this of the current workforce of the WCED who are already juggling many projects: curriculum, feeding schemes, etc.

Noel Dunne
Wednesday, 23 March, 2011

This year sees the final rollout of schools to have the Khanya Project involvement. When I tell this to principals they quickly make additional requests from their technology wish list. “Can Khanya help us with another computer lab” or “We need interactive whiteboards…can Khanya help us”. Such comments come from those who have experienced the help that the Khanya Project has given to their school and they have confidence in something that has worked to their benefit even inspiring some not to take early retirement or move to out of education. A whole new way of educating children has opened up to them and even the educators have enjoyed what computer literacy has enabled them to accomplish namely curriculum delivery through technology.
Congratulations to Kobus Van Wyk and all who have had a part, shared, or who have been connected in some way to the winning Khanya Project. Also sincere thanks to Penny Vinjevold who will carry the load and heart of Khanya Project forward in the WCED.

Sanet van Niekerk
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I want to thank Mr Kobus van Wyk for his leadership over the past few years. A special word of thank you to Gail Ahrends, Chas Ahrends, Joseph Rhodes and all the technical staff for supporting schools in circuit 2 of the West Coast. Without your enthusiasm and support Khanya wouldn’t have been in all our schools. I want to thank you for the wonderful material that has been developed to support the LITNUM in our schools. Khanya really opened the doors of learning to many learners in our area. It also assisted in the developing of ICT skills of educators. Being a principal and teacher for many years I have experienced the joy on faces of children when they were successful. The look in the eyes of learners when a new concept was grasped, due to ICT, was rewarding. As an official I am very fortunate to have the knowledge of all the software that is currently in schools in our circuit, but I surely lack many of the skills of the Khanya facilitators in order to support the schools effectively. In my opinion Khanya made a huge difference in rural schools, especially there were the facility was used to its full potential. I hope, that in some way, the development of software to support the special needs of learners in our rural schools will continue. I am greatful for the role that Khanya has played in improving the skills and knowledge of our learners. For me it is a sad day that it is time to say goodbye.

Carol
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

It is important to re-evaluate a project at times and change the scope of it where necessary and is here where one needs to assess whether the officials at the various district offices have the necessary where-with-all to take on the functions of the facilitators. The feeling amongst my schools is that to add to the existing workload of the staff at district office is unrealistic and is going to see spectacular failure. This approach has been likened to the handing over of the sport portfolio to the district offices which saw the emphasis on sport fizzle out. Fizzling out and dying without anyone noticing until it is too late for any type of intervention is an outcome which cannot be discounted if the work of Khanya is to be discontinued. It is important to continue with the up-skilling of teachers not just in ICT, but how to use technology to improve teaching and in so doing, the understanding of our learners. One needs to ascertain if the officials at district are well-informed and possess the necessary skills to continue with the important work of Khanya, which is not necessarily the installation of computer laboratories and electronic interactive whiteboards alone, but the continued teacher support (lesson ideas, vital teaching resources which are so important in making the existing curriculum work, showing teachers new techniques for helping learners with barriers to learning, to name a few) that Khanya offers to all the schools in the Western Cape. Learners today are learning in a different way to how they learnt ten or more years ago; they are more visual and it is here where computer-assisted teaching allows for easier dissemination of material to learners. It allows learners to understand and grasp concepts easier as well as allowing for teachers to have an approach to teaching which is more involved, interesting, fun and relaxed. Khanya offers a unique approach and one not found anywhere else in the country, where schools have access to an individual whose primary focus is on how technology in the classrooms and in the computer laboratories can assist teachers and learners, and in so doing make a meaningful contribution to the education of our learners.

Eastern
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Khanya WAS and IS one of the most successful projects of the WCED, but my concern is, WILL it still be as effective and successful when the support structure of Khanya is taken away? The Khanya Project was not only about getting technology to schools and the training of educators. The success of the project lies in the indepth curriculum support given by the Khanya Facilitators; the hours and hours of assisting educators in the labs and the Interactive Whiteboard classrooms; demonstrating to educators by practically working with the learners in the labs and also the classroom. Now, my question is, by removing this support structure from the schools, will is still be as effective with the already overloaded District Officials monitoring the process? (And I say this with all my respect to the district officials). I believe that MONITORING the use of technology is and never will be the same as realy supporting and spending time with educators and learners in the labs and IWB classrooms. So much time and money went into this project and it will be a shame to see it turning into a Project of Failure. When a mirror falls, sometimes the pieces can be put together again, but the beauty of the original image will never be the same. What if the Khanya Project comes to an end and there is a drop in the Numeracy and Literacy levels? Are we aware of the extend of the support that Khanya gave to the improvement of Numeracy and Literacy levels?

Hannes Visser
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Ons skool was gedurende 2010 bevoorreg om twee interaktiewe witborde van Khanya te ontvang. Die gebruik van daardie witborde het my hele onderwyservaring verbreed en baie waarde toegevoeg. Besoekers van ander provinsies en skole waar die witborde nie in gebruik is nie is verstom oor die moontlikhede wat die borde in die klaskamer bied.

Khanya het dit moontlik gemaak dat ‘n groot groep van ons leerders, wat normaalweg geen toegang tot rekenaars het nie, nou wel blootgestel word aan moderne tegnologie. Die interaktiewe funksie van die witborde maak die klasse vir hulle interessant en selfs die skaamste leerder het nou vrymoedigheid om voor die klas te gaan staan en die bord te gebruik.

Dit is vit my ‘n groot jammerte om te verneem dat Khanya aanstaande jaar afsluit. Ek dink werklik nie die impak wat Khanya op ons skole het kan bepaal word nie. Dit het waarde toegevoeg wat ons dalk nie nou ten volle besef nie. Ek wil ‘n ernstige beroep doen dat, indien dit enigsins moontlik is, die deparrtement die projek sal laat aangaan en nie in 2012 daarmee ophou nie. Daar is nog geweldige aanvraag en nood vir rekenaars, witborde en die uitstkende diens en opleiding wat Khanya se verteenwoordigers aan ons skole bied.

Vriendelik die uwe
Hannes Visser
Van Der Hoven Primêr
George

BH
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Khanya Director Kobus van Wyk, all facilitators, Implementation Project Managers, Coordinators and administrative staff are irreplaceable. Khanya is part of each school staff.
Technology is a field of its own and can not be thrown-in with the rest of the WCED functions of trail and tribulations. We already have a winning concept and once fractured will not have the equivalent astounding effect.
How can years of Khanya expertise presumably been regarded as not significant anymore, without a thorough assessment of the Khanya e-learning value technology added in schools?
It constitutional stated South Africa to be a democratic country, where all people/WCED role-players have a contribution/input to make towards effective curriculum delivery!

Why do we as WCED employees have no vote on decisions made that influence us and specially our learners? Me Penny Vinjevold before you decide on any drastic steps, please physically spent a few months at a rural/urban school where Khanya staff is involve, assessing the Khanya process from installation of technology till ICT Curriculum training support and assistance, as well as a school that has been guided through Khanya the past three years and evaluate the difference between a school currently with no Khanya involvement.

Khanya brought a new ICT dimension to schools on HOW technology can be successfully integrated with NCS curriculum and continuous support in this facet is needed. Technology changes constantly and who can help us better than our own experts Khanya, providing Life-long learning, which is already financially a very good investment. What is needed at this stage as partly stated is, The WCED must now ensure that Khanya as a momentous team, becomes part of its core function.
Why re- invent the wheel.

albert Arendse
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

It all sounds so final! Is there no way that we can still convince the WCED and the political decision makers that they are making a grave error- one that will definitely impact thousands of lives?
As a principal of a primary school I have first hand experience of the amazing difference Khanya has made to the lives of thousands of children. Once again the only ones to suffer are our children!

Christa
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

BAIE, BAIE, BAIE DANKIE AAN KHANYA WAT DIE WêRELD VAN DIE KARATARA LEERDERS OOPGEMAAK HET!!!! Nie alleen het opvoeders rekenaarvaardig geword nie, maar met die hulp van ‘n toegewyde, ondersteunende en bekwame span, kan ons nou voortbou op wat hulle(Khanya-span) na ons skool toe gebring het en ook die leerders bemagtig met sekere van hierdie vaardighede. Kennis is MAG en dit sal ‘n TREURIGE dag wees as hierdie projek finaal afgesluit moet word. Daar is nog soooo baie wat hulle vir opvoeders en leerders kan doen en ek glo wil doen. My stem is: BEHOU DIE KUNDIGHEID VAN DIE KHANYA-SPAN, want vernuwing gebeur elke 24-uur en hulle sal sorg dat alle e-skole op hoogte gehou sal word en so sal die Wes-Kaapse skole saam met die tyd vorder en ontwikkel.
Ons wil tog nie ‘n nageslag hê wat agterbly nie. SO, MOET ASSEBLIEF NIE DIE KHANYA-PROGRAM WEG VAT NIE!!! GROOOOOOOOT ASSEBLIEF!!!!

Mnr. WG du Toit
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Ek het met skok kennis geneem dat daar oorweeg word om Khanya as projek te staak. Namens onderwys as geheel wil ek ‘n vriendelike versoek tot die Departement rig om die besluit in heroorweging te neem want die werknemers van Khanya lewer ‘n belangrike bydrae tot die opvoeding van ons kinders. Ek grond my vertoë verder op die volgende redes:
1. Die opleiding wat deur hul personeel aan onderwysers gegee word is van hoogstaande gehalte in die moedertaal van die onderwysers en die onderwysers word baie beter toegerus vir hul taak as opvoeders. Dit kan nie gesê word van al die kursusse wat deur die WKOD of OBOS aangebied word nie.
2. Deur die moderne tegnologie tot in die klaskamer te bring word ‘n nuwe wêreld geskep vir ons kinders wat ek glo die standaarde van onderwys sal verhoog met die entoesiasme en professionele optrede van Khanya se personeel wat aansteeklik inwerk op skole se personeel want hulle kennis word verbreed. Sonder Khanya se invloed sal onderwys stagneer want meeste kinders sal nie toegang toe moderne tegnologie hê nie.
3. Die vriendelike diens wat Khanya aan skole bied is ‘n motivering vir onderwysers om hul eie onderwys metodes en standaarde te verbeter.
4. Ek wil versoek dat Khanya se dienste verder uitgebrei word om ook ondersteuning en hulp met instandhouding op die lang termyn te lewer want skole gaan werklik sukkel sonder hul hulp. Baie van die tegnologie sal eenvoudig in onbruik verval as die onderwysers nie voordurend opgelei word nie en die OBOSse het alreeds bewys dat hulle nie instaat is om dienste van sulke hoogstaande gehalte te lewer nie.
5. Namens al ons skole ‘n vriendelike versoek verleng Khanya se kontrak tot ‘n permanente afdeling in die onderwys want dan verseker u dat ‘n bydrae gelewer word ter verbetering van die onderwys.

Die uwe
H.du Toit
Skoolhoof: Voorbereidingskool George

AD Roux
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Moet asseblief nie die Khanya projek op hierdie stadium staak nie! Ons het sopas met witborde en die werking daarvan begin. Ons vind dit baie stimulerend, maar het nog baie om te leer en het beslis die leiding en ondersteuning van die Khaya personeel nodig sodat ons hierdie hulpmiddels optimaal kan gebruik. Ons sal dit waardeer as ons nog in die toekoms van hieride mense kan gebruik maak. Voorbereidingskool

Laché Rademeyer
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Khanya het ons nounet opgewonde oor die witborde! Ons is op ‘n hoogtepunt en lekker aan die gang, net om te hoor dat hierdie wonderlike projek gestaak gaan word. Die leiers was positief en bereid om altyd te help. Daar is nog soveel on-ontdekte verrassings wat ons nog met hulle hulp sal moet ontdek. Voorbereidingskool George

Marinda Schutte
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Baie dankie Khanya vir hierdie splinternuwe wonderwêreld van tegnologie wat julle aan ons leerders oopgemaak het. Ek kan nie een dag meer daarsonder indink nie. Daar is egter baie wat ons nog wil weet en leer en kan dit onmoontlik nie doen sonder die hulp van die Khanya personeel nie. Sulke bekwame en hulpvaardige personeel kan ons nooit laat gaan nie. Moet asb. nie die leerders hierdie geleenthede ontneem nie. Voorbereidingskool George

Henriette Smith
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

A onderwyseres geniet ek die witborde geweldig baie. Dit bied soveel nuwe uitdagings vir ons as opvoeders en het ons weer opgewonde oor die onderwys. Die diens wat Khanya bied is baie effektief, hulle reageer wanneer daar probleme is met borde of rekenaars en help oral waar hulle kan. Ons sou graag wou sien dat self meer leerders kan baatvind by hierdie projek. Elke kind verdien die geleentheid om hierdie kwaliteit onderrig te onvang.

Hilda Marie Barnard
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Whiteboards are wonderful for interactive learning. Learners are excited that they can work on the board individually and in groups. They are eager to see and learn. As teacher I have much more scope to plan lessons. We need the support of Khanya and would like to see this technology in all our classes.

Lokkie Fourie
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

‘n Groot dankie aan Khanya vir die opwindendste tyd in my onderwysloopbaan van 33 jaar. Dit is werklik ‘n voorreg om lesse te kan aanbied waar leerders oudetief, visueel en kognitief stimuleer word. Dit is heerlik om self kreatief te kan wees in voorbereiding van lesse. Leerders is opgewonde oor die lesse en geniet die vasleggingsaktiwiteite op die bord. Sieldodende oefening of drilwerk van leeswoorde en hoofreken word nou ‘n heerlike speletjie. Gesonde kompetisie vind plaas en leerders moedig mekaar aan om beter te presteer. My grootste wens is dat elke kollega in my skool ook die voorreg moet smaak om so te mag skoolhou. Moet asb. nie die Khanya projek staak nie!

Annalie Cable
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

As an experienced teacher I am tired of “canned lessons” and lessons plans. Khanya has given me back my freedom to plan authentic lessons designed for individual nees of my pupils. The fact that pupils can be actively involved during construction of knowledge is esential for concept developement in the very young.
I would like to express my gratetude for excellent training and ongoing support I have received from the Khanya team. They are ambassadors “par excellence” for the Khanya project! Their salient quality is enthusiasm and it has been infectious. A very big thank you Khanya. Education in SA needs people like you.

Cyber
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Ek was in die gelukkige of moet ek sê bevoorregte posisie om deel van die Khanya-span te

wees. Die ondervinding wat ek gedurende daardie tydperk opgedoen het, kan geen geld koop

nie. Ek is egter in die gelukkige posisie dat ek hierdie ondervinding met my kollegas kan deel,

maar wat gaan met die kennis van die huidige Khanya-span gebeur? Gaan ons hierdie kundige

verloor of gaan die geld wat in hierdie mense belê was in die drein afgespoel word?
Wat gaan ook gebeur met die plattelandse/landelike skole waar daar nog geen IWB is nie?

Gaan hulle ooit aan hierdie en ander tegnologie blootgestel word as Khanya nie meer bestaan

nie?
Gaan dit nog oor die OGIES (op khanya se website)?
Aan die beleidmakers en besluitnemers:”DAAR IS GEEN PLAASVERVANGER VIR KHANYA NIE!”

Paul van Eeten
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

One of the major problems with e-learning is that education is incorporated in political structures, which are slow and not dynamic while IT changes every second. Having professionals ready in an existing semi-governmental organization (as I understand Khanya is) is perhaps the most successful structure possible, it provides more flexibility and less political accountability towards people who have no relation with both teaching and IT (i.e. politicians). Looking forward to my interview tomorrow with Khanya representatives to hear their side of the story!

Regards,

Paul van Eeten
Msc International Relations & IT entrepreneur
(student university of Amsterdam)

William
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Ms Penny Vinjevold is so correct with all her answers to the questions. But to me, never did she mention the role of the IPM’s, Project Managers, Co-ordinators and facilitators in the success or failure of the Khanya project. This project was their JOB DESCRIPTION, adding these duties to the job descriptions of the already “overloaded” job description of the WCED officials: will they really be able to manage it or only monitoring the usage / integration of ICT technology.
She also mentioned management of the schools, BUT how many of the schools integrating ICT technology to its fullest potential, should be credited to the constant / regular involvement of the facilitator, the Khanya project was their passion.
Ms Vinjevold whilst the Khanya project is be coming to end, don’t you think the time has come to introduce the e-managers/advisors?

Ursula
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I personally think that this a bad idea. We hardly see the IMG’s at our school’s. How can they even think of turning it over to the WCED.Who will train these people or will it become the burden of us, ordinary Educators, yet again. PLEASE rethink this desicion ………..

Albie
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I wanted to be the 1st to comment on this very VITAL ISSUE, but I refrain from this notion to be always 1st.

Albie
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I will wait till the last person commented on this topic, then I will poured out all my emotions to the last drop.

Khanya oh Khanya … what happened… the dice was thrown by WCED and IT …. Read Adams Small “Die Here het geskommel en die dice het verkeerd geval vi’ ons Khanya, daai’s maar al” -Adam Small (1936 – )

Translated into English (help! I will not to be able to do this justice, and if by any remote chance you ever read this, Prof Small, please forgive me!)

“The Lord rolled,
and the dice fell badly for us Khanya,
that’s all”

Albie

Kholeka
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I always regarded the Khanya team as part of the WCED and am stunned to read that it is referred to as a separate project? Khanya is undoubtedly the future, how can this still be questioned? If the WCED have not come to terms with Khanya e-learning yet, I can only see a blank future for our children. Please wake-up our children is all about technology and live in a technology era, that is why we appreciate the Khanya team such a lot, they provide vision. We are proud to be associated with this professional team. Khanya facilitators have a good knowledge of the curriculum, because they are educators and specialized in technology integration. They even support with technical problems that is not part of their job description. We can call them anytime and they are there to assist us. I require the Khanya team also to manage the technical part of technology, then we will be able to see remarkable Maths Literacy and Science results. Technical problems and financial support to maintain technology are the only elements that restrict us from performing 100%. Our school does not need the envisaged non-existing WCED e-learning structure as referred to in the article, we surpass basic computer training. Electronic Whiteboard is our next focus, our learners are well developed in computer literacy and educational software and ready for new technology development. Who will assist us if Khanya is not representatives of our school anymore? I am troubled by this thought, just reading about it.

Mark C
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I feel I need to relate some personal points on this story. I come out of the 1980s political era and have not lost some of the ideals I hold about education. I have always felt the need to work in disadvantaged areas as I believe that those that already have don’t need more. We need to help the disadvantaged also to get a bit of sun.

At schools we have seen the struggle that goes on and have battled tremendously to get things to work. We ran ourselves silly to provide services beyond our brief no matter the toll it took. We were disappointed with our failures and happy with successes. We got crapped out for things we didn’t do and things we were not responsible for, but we took it….and went on. Working in a disadvantaged area we were disappointed that our schools did not do well in Maths and Science…we took it personally and are still trying to help where we can.

My question to the powers that be: When we withdraw the support from the school that need it the most, who will step up and help them? Will disadvantaged schools bear the brunt once again for problems YOU cannot help solve? These schools need a tremendous amount of support, which from YOUR side is sorely lacking. I think more support is needed not less. Stop sending bosses (managers) into the school. Send help. When we are drowning were don’t need more captains to save us. We need more lifesavers or floating devices, in other words, more helpers. We need an enabling environment to assist teachers to do their jobs and ICT can help provide that. What keeps on happening is that the managers disable the workforce instead of inspiring them to do their best whether it is with or without ICT. It is just that I believe ICT in schools provide a dimension that other sectors such as tertiary and the world of work need.

Of course we are worried about losing our jobs, but a question remains….Can YOU do without us? My fight is not to keep the Khanya project going. I’m sure it must end in its current format, but….Can YOU do without us?

Dennis Karelse
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

SKOKKEND!!! Khanya kom tot ‘n einde? Huidige personeel in die WKOD gaan die funksies van Khanya vervul en uitvoering daaraan gee. Huidige WKOD personeel gaan met dieselfde passie en entoesiasme die projek dryf en seker maak dat kurrikulumlewering deur tegnologie optimaal gaan plaasvind? Hulle gaan ook op ‘n gereelde basis ondersteuning verleen indien daar onduidelikhede is of indien opleiding benodig word? Gaan nuwe personeel PERMANENT aangestel word om die Khanya model binne die WKOD te dryf?

Die huidige WKOD personeel is alreeds oorlaai met soveel take en administratiewe werk dat dit vir hulle ontmoontlik gaan wees om met dieselfde passie die Khanya model te gaan dryf by skole. Gaan dit hulle “core” besigheid wees of gaan die pap maar net weer op die grond val? Soveel vrae so min antwoorde. Soveel geld spandeer, wat ‘n vermorsing?

Ons kan bladsye op bladsye skryf oor die suksesse van Khanya maar ek kan u die versekering gee dat dit nooit weer dieselfde gaan wees nie. Die meeste skole se Khanya lokale gaan in wit olifante verander. Ons kan skole blameer vir die toestand maar dit gaan vir sommige nie finansieël haalbaar wees om die projek volhoubaar te bestuur nie. Ons kan maar die “blame game” speel , maar dit ons niks baat nie. Die kinders gaan net weer ly. Ons moet die kinders vierkantig in die oë kan kyk en weet dat ons alles in ons vermoë gedoen het om ‘n verskil in hulle lewens gemaak het.

Khanya en die huidige personeel lewer ‘n ondankbare diens aan skole, soveel ure word ingesit om seker te maak dat skole die tegnologie effektief en suksesvol gebruik. Soveel ure weg van hulle families, soveel ure op die pad, stel hulle lewens in gevaar. Min sê dankie.

Laat my toe om vir julle DANKIE te sê. Ons waardeer dit wat julle ekstra doen. Dit gaan voorwaar gemis word en ‘n groot leemte laat in ons skool. Dankie vir die SKITTERENDE diens wat julle lewer. Julle is voorwaar dissipels van die WKOD. Dankie KHANYA!!!!

Dennis Karelse
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

Khanya Website – child’s eyes

When you look into your child’s eyes and you see them growing up, nothing else matters – Thom Yorke

Look into that child’s eyes, what do you feel? what do you see? Nikko

When I look into a child’s eyes, I am as fascinated by them as they are with the world they are discovering and all the things they are learning about.

The fascination is seeing the wonder in their eyes when a leave rustles overhead, when the wind moans as it blows by, when an owl hoots in a tree & they’re trying to see what the sound is, when they realize for the first time they can do something that the big people are doing, when they hear a song & get up to try & dance, when comprehension sets in at what they’re reading or when math makes sense or when they write something of their own & everyone likes it, when they realize they are an individual & assert their individual character, when they assert an opinion for the first time and so many other things they learn & realize as they are growing up into adults.

We can learn from children as well as help them & guide them onto a good path in life cuz like you say, they are our future & our future leaders & we should all work together to build strong & honest leaders for tomorrow. (http://help.com/post/66666-when-you-look-into-a-childs-eyes-wh)

Dankie Khanya

Dennis Karelse
Skoolhoof
Hoërskool Albertinia

Albie
Thursday, 24 March, 2011

I have read it a few times over and over the conversation between the interviewer and interviewee …. for a WHOLE DAY till very late tonight, I have followed the comments posted on this blog …. and to my surprise a “line” can be drawn through all of them … a single “liner”, almost like an ocean liner, an unsinkable Titanic …..or so we all thought …. in the beginning ….

Words like shock, surprise, disappointment, scepticism, dismay, painful, disbelieve, loss, final rollout, grief, say goodbye, dying, discontinue, taken away, drastic steps, bad and sad, so final…. So very emotional …. I just wonder why ? Why all this fuss ? Is it because of a GREAT LOSS we are facing?

April 1912 to April 2012 – What a coincidence or is it ? The TITANIC – a movie was made about this remarkable ship (the movie was nominated for 14 Oscars and won 11 of them making it the first film to win that many Oscars) – another “ship The Khanya” also won many “Oscars” (14 of them – what a coincidence) …

Various attempts to make the Titanic float again failed, many unsuccessful efforts to get hold of its “valuable” assets (in gold, silver and porcelain) deep under the waves …. but to no avail !! It was gone, down under, never ever to “sail” again …

April 1912 = Titanic and April 2012 = Khanya … 2 vessels so different in shape, size, tasks … but so mindboggling re their facts … “their” efforts to bring “worlds apart together” that we still cannot grasp the reality on hands … we all knew it was coming, we just don’t want it to happened. Even the Titanic was warned about the icebergs, but to no avail…. All was lost … forever …

The statistics of the ship are fascinating:
2, 227 people aboard the Titanic, only 705 survived (mostly the wealthier people).
It cost $7,500,000 to build the Titanic.
It took three years to fully construct the ship.
Among the provisions when the Titanic set sail in Southampton, England were 40,000 eggs, 75,000 pounds of fresh meat and 1,000 bottles of wine.
The Titanic’s total capacity was 3547 passengers + crew.
The Titanic’s weight fully loaded was 46,328 tons.
The Titanic was 882 feet/268 meters long.
There were 29 boilers on board of the ship.
The ship consumed 825 tons of coal in one day.
The top speed of the Titanic was 23 knots.

The above-mentioned statistics can be replaced with Khanya ICT computer facts of how many of this and how many of that … from Rands, to computers, to screens, to EIAWB, to workshops, to …… the list is as long as the Titanic’ list. Khanya, Oh Khanya … while the “wealthier” first class citizens will survive, the “poor” third class citizens will drown, once again in the history of mankind … it will be repeated ….

Captain John Smith remains on board till the last seconds. Facilitator Albie Smith will also remain on board till the last seconds. Could there be a coincidence ? My great, great Grandfather … I wonder … Will I join him ?

Albie Smith Khanya Facilitator & Petty Officer III

Ida Esterhuizen
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Dit is met skok en ontnugtering dat ons kennis neem dat Die Khanya projek gestaak gaan word. Ons leerkragte betrokke by die rekenaarsentrum en leerderondersteuningsprogram versoek u vriendelik en dog dringend om nie die ondersteuning te staak nie. Die programme wat ons gebruik is uitstekend vir alle grade en in alle leerareas. Die beeïndiging van die ondersteuning sal onmeetbare gevolge op die leerders hê wat dit werklik nodig het.

Debby - Springdale Primary
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Ons skool is vanaf 2005 alreeds aan die gang met Khanya. Op ‘n gereelde basis kon ons op hulle staatmaak vir hulp en bystand. It is through some of their facilitators that I’ve gained knowledge of how to work the server, computers, etc. For me it would be a sad day when this project will be ended. Khanya actually designed software for teacehrs to use as intergration with the curriculum. Their funding also assisted with the school gaining 5 interactive whiteboards which is still functioning well. The teachers and learners are well equipped and are still learning to master the technology and learning more. Die netwerk met ander skole is uitstekend en hou alle persone/ stakeholders on par with what is happening.

WALTER
Friday, 25 March, 2011

We had an outdated computer lab sponsored by Computer Society of South Africa during 1993. Many of our learners could be empowered with computer skills and this gave them an edge in the job market and in the field of further studies. Unfortunately the equipment became outdated and we did not have the necesary finances to upgrade. Our learners lost out. Thank goodness in came the Khanya Project. We were supplied with new equipment, a CAT Lab and an interactive white board. This opened new avenues for young enquiring minds. Without the help of Khanya this would have been impossible. Khanya assisted us to develop resouces to improve Mathematics and Science by providing us with the AstraLab, CAMI – and Master Maths software. This could further assist the previously disadvantaged learners from our environ who otherwise would not have been exposed to e-learning. It is with great passion that we plead with the Minister to continue with this project for if it is incorcorporated into WCED it will just not have the same impact as currently under the Khanya leadership. The WCED has other priorities and this very important area of development will be neglected. This cannot be allowed to happen because schools, like ours, who are in financial dire straits, will not be able to afford the maintenance and upgrade of the equipment needed to afford our learners the best possible opportunities.

Brian Richards
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Geskok is nie die woord wat ek soek nie. Soos ‘n reuse aardbewing tref die nuus my. Wat veronderstel was om ‘n heuglike dag te wees word verander in ‘n disater. Ek pleit by WKOD om hul siening in die verband te heroorweeg. En die volk dreun saam ” Khanya o khanya lank lewe die Khanyaniete”

Ingrid Graham
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Change is always traumatic. Some will see the positive aspects and some the negative. That Khanya would fulfil its mandate in 2012 was a known fact when the project started in 2001. Congratulations to the dedicated team of professionals that made this possible on the African continent. You have achieved where many governments and others have failed. Well done!!
Khanya has truly lived up to its name of being a beacon of light in a morass of gloom. Countless visitors from around the globe seeking to find out how they can implement similar projects and the numerous national and international awards Khanya has received show this. However as Penny points out not all schools have progressed at the desirable pace and made progress. Why is this so? Is the project at fault or does the school require other interventions? Perhaps school management and school personnel are the problem. Why throw the baby out with the bathwater!

D. Timmie ( Rosendal Primary)
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Khayna has started a process at our school that is very valuable to us. It is disheartening to know that there are people that want to derail this exciting iniative.I really hope they will reconsider.

Yours in e – education.
D. Timmie

Helena
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Ongelooflik!!! – dit was vir my, naas die tsoenamie-ramp wat Japan getref het, die grootste skok om te verneem dat Khanya se voortbestaan in die weegskaal is!!. Ek kan my nie indink wat ons skole sonder hierdie instansie en sy mense sou gewees het nie!. Ek pleit dat die WKOD asb!! nie hierdie pragtige en waardevolle projek met mense en al vir ons kinders en hulle opvoeding moet sluit nie!!

Anneke
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Ek hoop nie ek sal ooit die dag beleef wat ons nie meer vir die leerders van ons skool moet sê dat ons nie meer `n Khanya-lokaal het nie!! Soveel blink-ogies van opgewondenheid wat ek al gesien het as ons na die Khanya-lokaal met al sy ongelooflike opvoedkundige programme gegaan het, sal in hartseer, blink gehuilde ogies verander!. Moet asb. dit nie aan ons kinders doen nie. Sonder hierdie mense is ons jeug arm!!!

Giel
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Khanya het al in ons skool sinomiem geword met opvoeding. Geen probleem, versoek of bystand wat ons gehad het, was ooit te veel of onmoontlik vir Khanya en sy span nie!! Lank lewe Khanya!!

Ingrid Graham
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Paul van Eten – Amsterdam – mentions the interesting influence of politics in education. Khanya has had a motley array of politicians in the past 10 years. They all were taken up by the Khanya project and in many cases Khanya was able to shine its light to make the politicians look good. How interesting too that Khanya was initiated in 2001 when the DA was in power in the Western Cape. Is this why the DA Manifesto of 2009 refers to the Khanya project as “The DA’s Khanya Programme? And now under the power of the DA – Khanya will also be dissolved. Whatever happened to the bold and noble statements of the 2009 DA Manifesto? To name one listed under “Innovative Education” page 11: We will also ensure Internet access for every learner within five years by:
• Extending the DA’s KHANYA PROGRAMME, which provides software, computers and support to poor schools in the Western Cape, to the rest of South Africa.

Rochelle Davids
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Having computers at school is a valuable tool for the learners and the educators. Thank you to Khanya for making this a reality. What is going to happen when Khanya is NO MORE? Who is going to support the schools and how are schools going to afford to upgrade their current systems? Computers have really changed the lives of so many learners. I can see how this process will fizzle out once Khanya is gone…How can we do this to the children in our care?

Ferlin Beukes
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Thanks Kobus for this learnsome project. This means a lot to our learners and entire staff. This project adds value to learning and teaching. For us in a rural community it means heaven. It brings light to our diamonds- our learners. My dream is to see that this project will grow and grow and will be sustainable for many learners to come.

Bam - Rosendel PS
Friday, 25 March, 2011

I would like to commend the invaluable contribution Khanya has diplayed in our school.It has helped us to increase our literacy to 73%.

Dr Michael le Cordeur
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Dit is onaanvaarbaar dat iets wat so goed gewerk het en ‘n verskil in so baie leerders se lewens gemaak het, so sonder waarskuwiong tot ‘n einde moet kom. Die vraag is: is alle skole al bemagtig en beskik alle skole oor die nodige infrastruktuur sodat e-leer deel van die normale skooldag kan wees? Ek glo nie so nie. Terwyl ek met Penny saamstem dat e-leer uiteindelik deel van die gewone skoolkurrikulum moet word, is dit duidelik dat die saad nog nie oral gesaai is sodat groei vanself kan plaasvind nie. Die WKOD het ‘n verantwoordelikheid om e-leer na al die uithoeke van die provinsie te neem, en daar is nog baie werk wat wag. Totdat dit gebeur, is die beeindiging van Khanya voortydig. Of is daar iets wat Me Vinjevold ons nie vertel nie?

Nate
Friday, 25 March, 2011

It will indeed be a sad day if khanya labs throughout the Western Cape should become “white elephants”. Sustainibility is of fundamental importance especially in township schools. The support received from Khanya is of paramount importance in this regard.I certainly have to question whether the WCED is capable of deilivering a service provided by Kobus and his excellent team.

Reon - Delft PS
Friday, 25 March, 2011

As deputy of and curriculum co-ordinator at Delft PS we find that Khanya Project an invaluable asset. Our Literacy and Numeracy results have increased every year. Learners are eager to participate and complete tasks. Educators are empowered by this new technology and have lost their fear. Khanya provides comprehensive curriculum workshops and support on the daily basis thus adding value on school curriculum development.

Ingrid Graham
Friday, 25 March, 2011

The madness is not to dissolve the programme but to lose all the skill, expertise, knowledge, capability and proficiency. Surely an opportunity should be sought not only to embed all of the above mentioned within the WCED (in my humble opinion this will only happen if the existing Khanya staff – coordinators, facilitators and at least one implementation project manager- are transferred into the districts) but also to take this body of knowledge, skill, expertise, capability and proficiency to the rest of South Africa. In the spirit of UBUNTU for the greater good of the country someone should take up the cudgels.

Nicol Steven Davids
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Die khanya projek het baie vir ons skool beteken en die skool kan haar nie voorstel sonder tegnologie nie.
Ons geletterdheid en gesyferdheid het noemenswaardige verbetering getoon as gevolg van die tegnologie soos deur khanya tot beskikking gestel .Ek as opvoeder kan my nie voorstel sonder die tegnologie in die wiskunde kamer nie.

Patric - Masonwabe PS
Friday, 25 March, 2011

It will be sad if we were to loose Khanya.
Khanya has helped us a great deal in getting learners and teachers computer literate.
Also teachers were empowered through the lessons in the lab.Learners enjoyed and understand it so much more.
The khanya Lab also contributed to the increase in our test results for grade 3&6.
Once again It will be a sad day if we were to loose Khanya.

Henry
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Die onderrig van Tale het baie gebaat by die instelling van tegnologie deur Khanya by ons skool. Lesse kon interessant aangebied word en leerders het uitgesien na die uur per week in die Khanya rekenaarlokaal. Begripstoetse , spelling , woordeskat en Taalleer van leerders het baie verbeter.
Die Khanya rekenaar lokaal is ‘n groot bate vir my as opvoeder wat die optekening van punte (rekordhouding) , die maklik bekombaarheid van informasie vir take wat deur leerders gedoen moes word het opvoeding soveel makliker in hierdie tydperk gemaak.

Kallie - Acacia PS
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Wat ‘n hartseer dag !!! Khanya wat soveel lig en betekenis in ons plattelandse leerders se lewe gebring het? Deur die projek is daar ander werelde vir ons kinders oopgemaak. Waar sal ek weer my vaslegging kan doen ?? Nee wat , ek dink die owerhede moet weer besin !!!! Watter logika is daarin om hierdie besondere projek te beindig – hoe kan jy die koei skiet wat die melk voorsien ??

Mike
Friday, 25 March, 2011

“Easier said than done” WCED cannot even arrange that books be delivered at schools in time. I very much doubt whether WCED can deliver on that promise they they will see to the gradual implementation of e-learning into schools.

Coming from an educator who has seen the tremendous impact e-learning has done, and is still doing in the lives of our learners. At our primary school results in Literacy has increased greatly, thanks to the impact of computers in education.

I hereby wish to appeal to the minister in all her wisdom, do what you know best…see to education. Leave Khanya to the experts…Kobus and his team. They are doing a great job.

Thanks Kobus

Mauritz
Friday, 25 March, 2011

The legacy left by the Khanya team is one that nobody can dispute. They have made a profound and everlasting change in our approach to education. They have aided in the lifting of the numeracy and literacy standards through the introduction of powerful software that has brought a new positive dimension to learning for learners and educators alike. There is no doubt in my mind that the WCED is fully aware of their achievements…in fact they have often used it to enhance their own image. One could ask why then do we have this sudden dismissal of an effective and successful program?

Whatever the outcome, hold your heads high, walk tall and know that you have made a greater impact on education in 12 years than many others have done in a lifetime!

Randall
Friday, 25 March, 2011

All due respect to the WCED, I would have to say that one needs to be extremely naive to think that the WCED would simply kick on after Khanya. We seem to be ignoring the obvious. Quite simply put, Khanya is specialised and dedicated in this field, the WCED although noble, simply cannot replicate. They do not have the capacity. There is too much VITAL attention to detail that inevitably will be missed.

How much does the WCED really value technology in education???

Lorraine Burgess
Friday, 25 March, 2011

From reading all the comments on this blog, we can all agree that Khanya has made a huge impact on education in the Western Cape. The successes could be assigned to the fact that we were fortunate to focus on one specific goal, namely using technology for curriculum delivery. Thus the big concern is whether the current structures of the department would have the capacity to maintain the status quo if this task becomes an addon to their existing portfolio. The knowledge and experience of the Khanya team was gained and developed over a period years and this experience cannot be “handed over” in 1 or 2 workshops. There is a great need to all role-players to be up date with the ever changing advances within the technology field. Changes in the curriculum also imply adapting teaching strategies to meet the demands of today. My sincere hope is that the future structures will provide educators the opportunity to move with the times.

Charles
Friday, 25 March, 2011

This is not about the existence of the Khanya project. Rather it goes to the survival of the use of technology in the curriculum delivery process by educators preparing children for the 21st century. Who is going to upgrade existing technology, introduce new technology, run pilots, train educators in the integration of new technology in the delivery of curriculum? There needs to be a specialised, focussed team, whether it is Khanya or not.

Gail Rossiter
Friday, 25 March, 2011

It is with deep regret and concern that one hears of the ending of the Khanya project. Over the years we have built up a very good relationship with Khanya. I can safely say that without the assistance and support which our schools have received from Khanya, we would not have been so skilled and computer literate as we are today. It is not just about ensuring that schools have computers or technology, it is about the human aspect and the suppport that we receive. Educators and the WCED officials already have so much to deal with. Doesn’t it therefore, make sense to continue to allow the experts to do what they do best? Despite all the support and training that we have received from Khanya, I still feel that we need a dedicated person be be soley responsible for LAN and technical side of ICT in the schools and that person should not be class bound. Unfortunately our staff establishment does not make provision for that. Who is going to be our support structure now? The WCED IT Department already has a lot to cope with. I hope that the strategic staff that is going to be kept to oversee a smooth transition, will not only be there in the capacity to monitor and audit what is happening in schools, but that there main objective will be one of a supportive nature.
It is sad to note the closure of a very successive project. The ensusiams of the Khanya staff, has definitely inspired me as a school principal to continue to encourage my staff and learners to always be proactive and engage with technolgy and be lifetime e-learners. Thank you to the leadership, project managers, technical officals, facilitators and all Khanya staff for your commitment and professionalism at al times.
Alicedale Primary SChool

Penny Childs
Friday, 25 March, 2011

The integration of E-learning in the schools of the Western Cape may be compared to a young life.
Conceived with enthusiasm and vision back in the 20th Century. Lovingly nurtured by a dedicated Khanya family through the early years of bottle feeds and nappy changes. And now, about to become a teenager, full of exciting potential, skills and enthusiasm.
Responsible parents cannot abandon a child before that child has grown to be a fully independent and self-sustaining adult. In the teenage years, the youth will need continued nurturing, wise counsel and inspirational examples.
Many children DO lose their birth families. They may continue to thrive if they find a new home, which can provide for their needs. And as their needs change, other people may play a more important role in their young lives.
We need to know … will E-learning truly find a loving and sustaining home in the WCED? Or will our young adolescent be abandoned to neglect?

Penny Childs
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Penny Vinjevold says, “The WCED must now ensure that the project becomes part of its core function. In other words, we must make e-learning part of our mainstream activities.”
Perhaps we would feel more confident about the future of e-learning in this province if the WCED were to publicise the details of their planning. Exactly how this will happen? It is easy to say that Khanya’s work should become “embedded in the work of the WCED, the districts and the Department of the Premier” but at this point, we need to understand more about the nitty-gritty of how this will happen. To whom should existing skills be transferred? And, with the clock ticking, we need to know that realistic time frames are in place for this transfer.
The WCED (or more correctly, parts of its management structure) believe they are ready to absorb the functions of Khanya. Let’s see the evidence! Let’s hear the details!

GAVIN EHRENREICH
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Why remove something that is succesful and has proven over many years the difference it has made within our schools and communities?Khanya has a winning recipe!

Devereux Craül
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Projects in their essence and by definition have a start and an end date. The Khanya Project business plan in the Project Scope stated that:
• By the start of the 2012 academic year, every educator in every school of the Western Cape will be empowered to use appropriate and available technology to deliver curriculum to each and every learner in the Western Cape.
o Educating WCED officials and educators in the use of technology as a curriculum delivery vehicle
o Providing support to WCED officials and educators until they are able to use technology effectively and efficiently to deliver curriculum
These are just a few of the objectives that were set out in April 2001 when the Project started. The Project will have achieved its objects by December 2011 or by the start of the academic year in 2012. The Provincial Government, WCED, private investors and sponsors would have invested millions of Rands in the Project, and in business circles, the return on investment (ROI) would be of paramount importance. The funding of this Project has been used to assist in the education of the youth of the Western Cape, the future leaders of this Province. Government and its parastatal’s appear to have removed the words maintenance and sustainability from their vocabulary. As examples, Transnet and its rolling stock, ESKOM and its power lines, the Province and municipalities and the state of our roads, sewage, water supplies etc. . . In the same light, are the Provincial Government and the WCED just going to withdraw from the investment that has been made in the education of the youth? Surely, this should not happen, abnegating responsibility.
District and school officials have in the main been trained as educators, the maintenance and sustainability of the ROI was not or did not form part of their training? Will they now be expected to look after this investment just by the handing over of skills and a pat on the back? .Training to look after an investment takes a lot more than just transferring of skills, what about their present work load, are they going to look after this effectively as well?
Why is it that when it comes to education of our youth, that there is always a quibble about funding? Appropriate and budgeted funding, no indiscriminate spending should always go hand-in-hand with good governance when creating ways to educate our youth.
Having been in business for over 35 years, I have the honoured and privileged to have been part of the Khanya Project under the direction of Kobus van Wyk.

Gerhardus
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Ek kan my regtig nie ‘n skool met ‘n LitNum-program sonder die ondersteuning van die toegewyde span van Khanya onderleiding van Kobus en Clinton voorstel nie.

Trevor F
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Thanks Kobus for the wonderful opportunity to be associated with such an award-winning team. Your efforts as a team amd accomplishments have been reconized internationally and this should not be taken lightly by South Africans who are often too quick to focus on the negative rather than on the many wonderful things that have been achieved in our backyard and that others (internationally)are still grappling with.

The refrain from school managers, educators, parents, partners in the private sector and others seems to be that Khanya cannot be allowed to simply “fizzle away” which will be bound to happen should it be incorporated into WCED structures i.e. “become part of the mainstream as part of the job-descriptions of officials.” The assumption is that WCED will not manage the process, nor will it be sustainable within the many directorates. Is this a fair assumption? Ms Vinjevold, why is there such a ground-swell of distrust that the future of the ICT investment will be well-taken care of within WCED structures? Is it perhaps due to past experience i.e. programs and systems are introduced and implemented without much forethought and planning and are ultimately doomed to failure? In your words, “The WCED needs to do more to see that e-learning is optimal.” Has any thought gone into how this will be accomplished?

The Khanya project has tried to remain abreast with innovations in e-learning despite its limited budget. Who in the WCED will manage and co-ordinate this process? During the the 2009/2010 financial year, many electronic interactive white boards were disbursed to schools across the Western Cape with the support and financial backing of a major South African donor. Who will monitor this investment and provide ongoing training and support? Who will continue to nuture the relationship between state and private partners? Will it be an addition to the job description of an existing WCED official who is already swamped with many very important tasks aimed at improving the education system? Will private partners be willing to place future investments at risk? In the past financial year, many upgrades were done by Khanya in 5-7 year-old computer labs across the province because schools were unable to manage their own financial sustainability due their own constraints. Who will manage sustainability and provide for these schools in the future? Will it simply be added to the job description of yet another hapless official?

Ms Vinjevold, you very lucidly list the responsibilities of all those involved to ensure that the hand-over to district staff takes place smoothly. However, according to current projections, this hand-over that began in 2009 will not have been successfully completed by March 2012 due to a host of factors that mitigate against it of which any sober-minded person will be acutely aware.

A counter to your position is that any responsibility that should be taken should first come from your office to provide able leadership to ensure that the investment in ICT which currently is available to in excess of 750 000 learners, not be allowed to slide into a deep morass of apathy where learners and educators give up through sheer frustration.

Yes, the Khanya Project has not been successful on all fronts but will it improve if it merely becomes part of the job descriptions of officials, some of whom might have no inclination toward ICT whatsoever? I think not!

Please do not allow this huge investment to become a millstone that weighs our education department down even further but give it wings and allow it to fly.

Sullivan
Friday, 25 March, 2011

The children of this country are it’s future! As parents we invest what time we have in helping them cope with homework, projects, social issues at school and many other influences that affect their lives …
Our children are getting a valuable resource at school in its ICT labs thanks to their teachers who were trained by Khaya. I want to recommend to Ms Vinjevold that Khanya be integrated INTO the WCED so the business can continue as usual …
so that our children’s school lives are not affected by the decisions of people who are not teaching in classrooms …
so that those people who make these decisions can work ALONGSIDE our children – OUR FUTURE – to help equip them (our children) to cope with life and bring about the changes that we, the parents, are working for

Juleen
Friday, 25 March, 2011

There is a constant change in staff establishment and will the WCED officials spend quality and quantity time monitoring and advising these educators with ICT and curriculum software training??

Gerhardus
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Na al my jare in die onderwys, het ek vir twee jaar die voorreg gehad om vir Khanya ondersteuning in die skole te bied.
Skole steun swaar op die hulp van die Fasiliteerders en die Khanya-span. Die gratis sagteware wat Khanya verskaf, vul ‘n groot gaping in die klas en help werklik met die prikkeling van die leerder in die klas en lokaal.
Skole val my nog steeds lastig oor hulp, omdat die ondersteuning in hierdie deel van die Kaapse Wynland nie tot sy reg kan kom sonder personeel nie.
Hoe gaan die WKOD die gaping vul wat reeds gelaat is met die fasiliteerders wat uit die gebied weg is.
Moet asseblief nie die projek beëindig nie, want ons sal nie die ondersteuning kan kry wat ons moet kry, as die projek nie meer bestaan nie.

Dink asseblief aan die verbetering in Litnum-uitslae.

Kobus, Clinton en jou span, baie dankie vir die daarstelling van ‘n projek wat nooit vervang sal kan word nie.

Kollegas van my oor die ander provinsies van die land heen, wens hulle kan die projek in hulle provinsies kry.

‘n Provinsie sonder Khanya- ontmoontlik!!

Mrs Petersen
Friday, 25 March, 2011

In a community such as Hanover Park, where unemployment, poverty, drug abuse, gang activity and daily survival is the order of the day, a resource like the Khanya Lab is invaluable. Learners are now exposed to IT as an exciting, alternative way of learning. The support given by the technical staff of Khanya, has without a doubt been commendable in ensuring the functioning and the keeping up to date with the current trends in IT, so that learners and educators remain on par and abreast of the latest technology available so as to enhance further teaching and learning and continuous improvement academically.

It would indeed be a sad day should the programme be discontinued as the need thereof is so great. As a school functioning within Hanover Park, we anticipate a struggle in ensuring the daily running of the Khanya Lab, should we no longer receive the current support.
Regards

J Saayman - Ruiterbos PS
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Met die installering van die Smart Borde het daar vir ons leerders ‘n nuwe wêreld oopgegaan. Die leerders vind dit baie interresant. Die leerders se konsentrasievermoë het drasties verbeter. Die interaktiewe witbord het selfs die skugter (skaam) leerder uit sy dop laat kruip met die nuwer wetse tegnologie. Die projek is veral vir ons landelike skole ‘n bruikbare hulpbron. Leerderdeelname het defnitief verbeter a.g.v. die tegnologie. Die kundige advies van die Khanya aanbieders is fenomenaal. Dit is van kardinale belang dat hul kundigheid behoue bly, ten einde ons as opvoeders en leerders voortdurend op hoogte te hou van tegnieke en veranderings t.o.v. die tegnologie. Sonder hul hulp en bystand sal ons nie die leerder ten volle tegnologies kan ontwikkel nie.

J. Saayman (Mnr.)
SKOOLHOOF – LS Ruiterbos

PaulB
Friday, 25 March, 2011

All good things come to an end… Some ‘ends’ always come with questions that remain unanswered. Is ICT in education in the WCED going to be one? Will there be a ‘PC’ answer to many concerns/worries? Does someone have an agenda that we all should know about???? For all the learners and educators out there, the struggle continues…

W Pedro
Friday, 25 March, 2011

HET ONS DIE REGTER VOëL HOOR FLUIT? Gaan die huidige KHANYA projek werklik beëindig word? Wie ookal hierdie gewaagde BESLUIT neem, MOET ook manmoedig wees om die negatiewe implikasies wat so ‘n besluit sal inhou met die ouergemeenskap en die wye wêreld te deel.

Ons opregte DANK en WAARDERING aan die hele KHANYA A-span wat die wêreld van kennis en tegnologie vir ons leerders ontsluit het. Die waarde wat KHANYA tot die aanvulling en uitbreiding van die kurrikulum bygedra het, kan nie oorbeklemtoon word nie.

‘n Vriendelike, dog dringende versoek aan die WKOD, minister Donald Grant en premier, Helen Zille, om asseblief ter wille van progressiewe, tegnologiese ontwikkeling hierdie suksesvolle KHANYA projek in sy huidige vorm, nie te STAAK nie.

Bertus
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Wat die Khanya projek in ongeveer 10 jaar vermag het, is ongelooflik. Dit is toe te skryf aan ‘n dinamiese leierspan en toegewyde projekbestuurders en fasiliteerders. Die projek is seker een van die min indien nie die enigste van die WKOD wat sy doelwit in die beplande tyd bereik het. In haar onderhoud maak me Vinjevold die volgende opmerking:” The WCED needs to do more to see that e-learning is optimal.” Die vraag is hoe gaan sy dit doen en wie gaan die taak verrig. Die antwoord is heel eenvoudig – behou en maak gebruik van die Khanya personeel se kundigheid. Hierdie persone het oor die jare baie ondervinding oor e-leer opgedoen. Moet asseblief nie die pêrels voor die swyne werp nie! U het ‘n verantwoordelikheid teenoor die leiers van môre.

J Jacobs
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Dit is met groot teleurstelling dat ek verneem dat die KHANYA projek moontlik gestaak gaan word.
Volgens myself is hierdie projek ‘n absolute aanwins, veral vir die leerders met spesiale onderwysbehoeftes wat in elk geval beskik oor verskillende leerstyle. Baie van hierdie leerders is sterk tegnies aangelê en gevolglik geniet hulle die oefeninge baie en bevoordeel dit hulle in ‘n groot mate. Omdat die bemeestering van die perseptuele vaardighede ook ‘n belangrike aspek is by leerders, maak ons baie staat op die CAMI Perseptuele program.
Hierdie program ondersteun en ontwikkel die ouditiewe- en visuele vaardighede, ruimtelike oriëntering, ens. wat noodsaaklik is om te kan lees, dink, redeneer, wiskunde doen, ens.
Die KHANYA programme (LTSM) maak voorsiening vir leerders wat op verskillende vlakke werk, en dit is vir ons beslis ‘n pluspunt.
Vir my as OLSO opvoeder is die program baie waardevol, veral as ek dink aan die assessering en die kombinering van die programme met die lesse in die klas.
By Hibernia Primêr is daar ook vrywillige ouers wat bemagtig is om die leerders individueel te ondersteun tydens die KHANYA sessies. Dit sal werklik vir ons ‘n groot verlies wees.

Ntsiki M
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Almost all the objectives set out at the beginning of the project, if not much more, have been met or at least will be met by the end of this year. Considering the pace at which technologu is advancing, can we be content that we have done all we could to equip our learners with the necessary UPDATED skills in techology?
When these objectives were set out e.g. The EIWB was nowhere mentioned. Can we now walk away, close shop and be happy that we have future as a country, province, etc, whilst there are so many technological challenges to meet out ther? Are we really going to the let the blind lead the process? There are, indeed so many questions to be answered.

anna-maree
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Is it really necessary? The WCED needs the Khanya team. Face reality – everyone knows that Khanya is the answer to all litnum problems. The evidence is there. Where will you find a more dedicated team?

KC
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Technology is one way to advance education. It allows us to take our academic enlightenment to the 1st world arena. We are very much still behind when it comes to education. The Khanya Project allowed schools to have access to systems, programmes and information that bettered learning. Children who never experienced technology have now been exposed to the world of digital information. It is a sad thing to see that the Khanya project will be coming to an end soon. I sincerely hope this is not the reality of the situation.

Jacques Fortuin
Friday, 25 March, 2011

E-learning is part and parcel of the 21st century and Khanya was instrumental in empowering learners of various backgrounds in the Western-Cape to have equal access to the best resources in the country and the world. (Kobus, I applaud you)
Not only is it a long-term investment, but also an opportunity for us to raise the bar and move forward, and to make more effective use of our scarce resources – our educators.

Khanya has not only been instrumental in providing schools with the necessary ICT infrastructure, but they have affected the lives of thousands of learners and educators through their innovative interventions and the investment made was not only an investment in infrastructure, but an investment in human capital.

Just before I left Khanya, I was fortunate to be part of a workshop in Riebeeck-west where we showed that it was possible to host live classes on any topic and transmit it via the internet to anywhere. This was just one of the newest technologies at that stage that we looked at. I remember that Chas also investigated Mxit and how to integrate this into education. What is going to happen to these innovative ideas initiated by the Khanya team? Will the ‘officials’ be able to continue in the same stride as those they are trying to replace?

I’m not negating the fact that they might have similar or better ICT skills than some current and previous Khanya team members, however do they share the wealth of pedagogical knowledge or the knowledge of integrating ICT in teaching? Do they share the same passion for ICT, education and/or the learners?

In today’s knowledge economy the proliferation of knowledge through e-learning is not a luxury, but a necessity for current and future generations. This need is constant and the nature of our modern society and economy drives the need for e-learning.
I believe that just like you buy any product and you expect aftersales service, the same goes in this case: there should be 24/7 ‘customer’ support after the successful implementation to ensure maximum up time of the solution. The ‘customer’ should get support from the designer team via on-site presence, voice, emails, web-chat or a combination of these.

When I was part of Khanya it has always been my concern that the facilitators were very thinly spread and could not devote enough time to schools to provide the support that they needed. Ending the project as a whole is not realistic as the support structure will be removed. It is unfortunate that bureaucratic decisions do not take into account the true worth of the team that was responsible for the project or the need for constant and on-going support by a thoroughly dedicated team.

Khanya, you are the light and you will remain shining in the hearts of those you touched!

Norah zembetha (Samora machel ps)
Friday, 25 March, 2011

In my own personal view, the WCED will not be able to properly facilitate the Khanya Project on their own because they are already finding difficulties in monitoring schools because of being short staffed. Facilitators from khanya are people orientated and they want to see us skilled and independent ICT users. Where is the WCED going to find the extra manpower to run a project enormous as this? Why terminate a project like this that has been successful? The project has incapacitated many educators and learners up to the point that some have become e-users in every respect. Ending the project will douse the excitement from the school communities all around the Western Cape. We suggest Khanya stays, as it is as long as they will receive support from the WCED.

Thozi Nkowane
Friday, 25 March, 2011

I am currently working with many schools in the disadvantaged communities. The principals and teachers I spoke to who were not aware of the fate of the Khanya project expressed dismay and disbelieve to learn that the Khanya project is coming to an end next year. Questions are thrown left right and centre by teachers who are trying to make sense of what is going on. They would like to know exactly what was going to happen to the e-learning centres at their schools, would they receive adequate support from the districts, are the district personnel ready for this task because it is enormous, would there be proper support and guidance. The fear that is expressed the most is about the survival of their e-learning facility at their schools. The concern shared by many is that their e-centres would become white elephants. They will not be able to sustain them. With khanya intervention they are managing them very well despite some challenges. With khanya gone, it would mean that the on going support given by the facilitators, the intervention by khanya management when emergencies call and the curriculum support will all be gone. If it is said that the project was a success, why removing it. In soccer, if the coach has assembled a winning team and yielding good results in contests, why changing a winning combination in the next contest. It does not make sense. The project has been successful all these years. Many acknowledge that, even comments from people in UK, is that not a call to say it must be kept? The project has become a model to many Provinces; I think Ms. Penny has confirmed that, many admire Khanya. As a facilitator working in this project, I have dedicated myself to it, was loyal just like many other facilitators who started with it, to be told that it ends; it is devastating to me and my family.

Cynthia boonzaaier
Friday, 25 March, 2011

Adviseurs moet alreeds byhou by die veranderinge van die kurrikulum, hoe gaan hulle nog die tegnolgie ook kan hanteer? Dit is so maklik om iets op papier te maak werk, maar wanneer dit toegepas word, dan ontstaan die probleme. Isn’t PREVENTION better than CURE? Prevent this situation to fail ou learners by keeping the light of the Khanya-project burning at our schools.

Linda Ngesi
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Already their(district officials) plates are full, are they going to cope with the workload?(Supporting educators daily in the lab and making sure that the labs are optimally used).

Reynier van der Westhuizen - ACACIA PRIMER
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Khanya lewer ‘n uitstekende diens aan die skole vir tegniese sowel as fassiliterings bystand. KHANYA word al jare beskou as nog ‘n direktoraat van die WKOD, omdat die onderwysdepartement nie hierdie afdeling by die skole sal kan ondersteun soos Khanya nie.Om die diens aan skole te stop gaan veroorsaak dat baie rekenaarlokale in onbruik sal val en dit ‘n tegnologiese remskoen by skool sal word. Alle skole se personeel doen goed omdat hul volgehoue ondersteuning en diens vanaf Khanya personeel ontvang het. Die pad vorentoe sal dit maar moeilik gaan omdat hierdie hardwerkende personeel van ons skole mettertyd belangstelling sal verloor omdat dit nie regtig deel uitmaak van hul pligstaat nie. Ons opvoeders lewer hierdie diens aan ons skole omdat hul ‘n liefde vir rekenaars ontwikkel het en wil toesien dat leerders op ‘n baie vroee ouderdom daaraan blootgestel word. Op die huidige doen hul dit omdat hul weet Khanya is daar om hul te ondersteun. Dit sal hartseer wees om te sien hoe hierdie onderwysers hul passie vir rekenaartegnologie by die skool sal verloor omdat die volle lading van ondersteuning op hul skouers sal rus. KHANYA het ‘n onmisbare deel van tegnologiese diens aan skole begin uitmaak en daarsonder sal ons nie kan klaarkom nie.
Ons moet seker maak dat ons nie meer gaan verloor omdat daar niks vooraf in plek gebring was voor Khanya ontrek word nie. Ek wil voorstel dat die WKOD die Khanya personeel oorneem sodat rekenaartegnologie by skole kan voortgaan en verbeter.
Ek beskou hierdie verlies as ‘n groot ramp wat baie skole gaan tref en daar miljoene rande verlore sal gaan aan eksterne diens wat ons gaan uitbuit want ons het nie kennis en agtergrond van die opgeleide personeel van KHANYA nie.
Vir ons plattelandse skole is hierdie diens van Khanya onmisbaar en sal ons nie daarsonder kan klaarkom nie.

Mnr. R. v.d Westhuizen
PRINSIPAAL
ACACIA PRIMERE SKOOL
SKOOLSTRAAT
LAINGSBURG
023 551 1191

Lesley
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

There is so much that one could comment on but two facts stand out for me.
Firstly, Khanya is an International award winning project and secondly, Khanya has reached its objective.
These two facts show that obstacles can be overcome in order to achieve excellence. I don’t think many would object that the Khanya project has achieved excellence, but there is still a long way to go to achieve perfection.
Khanya personnel are now taken away from their core business in order to transfer the necessary skills to WCED and the districts. The motive behind this process may be sound, but once one realises the vast scope of this project, it should become apparent that it is unrealistic to expect current WCED staff to absorb and execute all the functions as currently carried out by Khanya personnel.
Would it not be more insightful to merely create a new objective?

Kathy
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Brilliant second comment by Penny Childs! Please, spell out the detailed plan for us Ms Vinjevold… Here’s an example: IWB projector lamp blows in Township School X. Replacement cost: R2500.00. Very few parents have paid school fees this year… the school has no money. In the absence of Khanya, what happens next? Who does the principal call? Which budget will be drawn on? Who fixes it?

The WCED is listed as one of 20 regions worldwide in a recent global study on improvements in education. It’s a pity we don’t have a tool to measure how much Khanya contributed to this… Yet Khanya is probably the biggest single intervention that has happened in WCED schools in recent years. Let’s remember that Khanya’s focus has always been on the curriculum, not on technology per se.

I find it heartwarming to read the responses to Khanya in this blog… Do you know any other part of the WCED that would evoke such warmth of feeling from the schools and project employees? Everyone recognises that it’s one thing that IS functioning well!

Are these comments all written just because people are afraid of losing their jobs? I think not. It’s great to work for an inspiring leader – he motivates and enthuses all those around him. There is such a high expectation of Khanya staff – they work late into the night on their paperwork, because they must be in schools by day. They must buy their own laptops; supply their own refreshments at meetings; pay for their own business cards; work through school holidays; leave home before dawn to get to distant schools; work on short-term contracts only… yet they all seem so happy! How often do you come across an organisation like this? Ms Vinjevold, don’t cut Khanya. Rather create a new objective (as suggested by Lesley above) and watch them rise to the challenge! They are the most highly motivated people you have got.

Tim
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Ms Penny, I think you need to think twice. Western Cape is best recognised province in the whole SA and Africa. This kind of project has failed in other provinces.Your IMG’s and subject advicers will never succeed on what khanya is doing.Please do not over load your subordinate. Khanya is the best project that has done a lot in our province especially in township Some of our kids started to use commputer and have e-mail address because of Khanya project.You terminate Khanya, you will be disadvantaging learners in township. There are still new schools that need this advanced technology.Teachers are still struggling to use this technology. Give Khanya project more chance.

Tim
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Ms Penny, I think you need to think twice. Western Cape is best recognised province in the whole SA and Africa. This kind of project has failed in other provinces.Your IMG’s and subject advicers will never succeed on what khanya is doing.Please do not over load your subordinate. Khanya is the best project that has done a lot in our province especially in township Some of our kids started to use commputer and have e-mail address because of Khanya project.You terminate Khanya, you will be disadvantaging learners in township. There are still new schools that need this advanced technology.Teachers are still struggling to use this technology. Give Khanya project more chance.

David Mathe
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Yes, the die is cast! My personal…and obviously biased..opinion is that the WCED should/could “embed” the Khanya activities by making the Khanya brand a division/section within the WCED. But then of course my biased opinion counts for very little!

Gerhard van der Berg
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

When I started with Khanya in 2002 in Public Private Partnerships, it was quite clear that many institutions in the past have have tried to make tecnology in schools work. At that point there were numerous schools who were the recipients of computers provided by the likes of the Telkom Foundation and others. These computers were gathering dust. In many cases so called computer labs were in disrepair and often computers were missing because of lack of security. Teachers were not interest in IT and it was perceived to be an unnecessary evil.
All this changed when Khanya came onto the scene. Suddenly there was order. Suddenly there was purpose with a goal and a sound plan. The methodology adopted by Khanya in all its different aspects of project management, facilitation etc.gave schools in WCED the confidence to move strides ahead in improvements in e-education. Everyone recognises that it’s one thing in education that IS functioning well. Numerous awards is evidence of this.
Looking back over the past 10 years, will it be reasonable to pull the plug on something that really made a difference? DO we want to go back to dusty disused computer labs? This will happen!
Motivation is something all of us thrive on. Most Schools and teachers under Khanya’s guidance have thrived. Khanya has no doubt been the motivator that resulted in numerous learners getting a chance to benefit from technology with the specific purpose of delivering curriculum.
I have the utmost respect for Ms Vinjevold. I must however disagree with her notion that this project is no longer needed. Only time will tell.

Xolani Kulata - Liwa Primary
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

Today I am one of the teachers through khanya I am technologically confident. I’m one of the trainers in Circuit 4 in South District.Every morning, I am always looking forward to take my laptop to connect to the Interactive Whiteboard so that I can start my intervention groups because at my school I am an LSEN educator. This has made my work much easier. I am thinking where would I be without Khanya support. I still yearn for Khanya facilitators to continue with their amazing support.

Shirley Kaminer (ADESSA CEO)
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

WCED – and Khanya in particular – has been a beacon of light and of hope in regard to ICT in education in South Africa. Part of its success is based on the fact that it has a dedicated function within WCED. If this function is going to be dispersed amongst numerous departments that have a wide range of other responsibilities, there is no doubt that its effectiveness will also be dispersed. Regrettably, we have witnessed a few scenarios in education over the last decade or more when the “baby has been thrown out with the bath water” – it would indeed be a great pity for this to happen yet again. It is understood that the Khanya Project had a limited lifespan in terms of its original mandate, but – because of its success – there is no reason why it should not be re-formed to continue its sterling work with a slightly different emphasis.

Anton
Saturday, 26 March, 2011

‘If it aint broke, don’t fix it’ and certainly do not replace it. In the absence of a clearly defined alternative, it would appear that the main reason for the impending demise of the Khanya project is cost cutting and not improved service delivery in the ICT area. The likely outcome of this in an increasingly wider gap between the haves and the have-nots as the well resourced school can employ additional personnel to fiil the gap

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Shirley Kaminer (ADESSA CEO)
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

ADESSA member companies supply teaching and learning resources for ICT, as well as other educational materials, to education departments and schools throughout South Africa. ADESSA has had a strong relationship with the WCED and with Khanya over the years, and the educational ICT goals of Khanya are shared and supported by ADESSA. From my perspective as CEO of ADESSA, it is a pleasure to have business dealings with someone as focused as Kobus, and to find that we share the same passion for the integration of ICT into the educational curricula. The Khanya Project has achieved its aim of connecting all schools and implementing ICT in schools in the Western Cape. However, that is merely the beginning. What now needs to happen is for a similar project to be launched that will use the experiences and expertise of the current personnel to build on this basis. Khanya Project 2 would be able to develop more sophisticated approaches now that schools have reached a certain level of maturity in educational technology. For Khanya to disappear and for the expertise of its members to be dispersed would be taking us back into the 20th Century educationally and technologically.

Henk
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

I’d like to add my voice to everyone who is sad to see the Khanya project come to an end – and worried about where this will leave schools in the future.

From a practical point of view we could look at how many hours Khanya personnel are spending on the road and at schools each day and see if we can add it to current official’s schedules.

We can ask the many schools with old labs (5 years+) how they plan to keep their labs functioning and updated with new software coming out each year … and ultimately replace the technology on their own.

How will they recover when key personnel leave the school and take all the years of knowledge gained from Khanya with them? Newly appointed teachers unfamiliar with server setups and general installation procedures will need a lot more than one afternoon’s coaching.

Alan Mills UK
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

A lesson from the UK.

As soon as the Coalition government took over in May 2010, our Education Secretary Michael Gove,for financial reasons, decided to scrap BECTA. This organisation had led UK school use of ICT and assisted with the training of staff who had never used IT in their lessons, plus all the benefits of new technology.

His view was simple. Job Done.

Since then he has been forced to backtrack on many issues. Although there was a strong IT philosophy in many schools, backed up with a good equipment base.

However, without a central dedicated organisation to be the supporters for teachers, many mistakes are already being amplified. We are heading back to the days when the big IT companies run rings round individual schools.

From my experience with Khanya, without their expertise and support, WCED schools will suffer from the same problem.

There are so many new IT possibilities. An education bureaucracy is not best placed to guide schools on that journey.

Michelle Lissoos
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Hi
With the risk of repeating others comments – 2 comments to add:
Although Khanya has been defined as a “project “ – it is important to stress that its activities have always supported curriculum objectives as a whole, as all e-learning should. it has not existed in isolation to the objectives of teachers, districts and learners.
ICT integration is a continuum that can never be “complete “ . ICT integration must indeed be a core function – but its skills, focus and needs are very specific. The success of Khanya can partly be attributed to focused project management, ongoing evaluation, roles and skills.

bonny
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Come we do some Khanya problem solving!
A Khanya facilitator administers fifteen schools. (In reality a facilitator administer 20+ schools)
Five of the fifteen schools only received laboratories recently and are in Orientation training phase (means assisting educators and learners for the first time in laboratory).
Eight of the fifteen schools are in Ms Office (ex: – Excel, Ms Word) and e-Curriculum (educational software integration with work schedule) training phase.
Three of the eight schools mentioned above have three Electronic white boards each and educators need Electronic whiteboard training, as well.
Two of the fifteen schools are in consolidation phase (means all ICT training is complete and educators are monitored and assisted, in order to assess the effective usage of ICT), unfortunately they experience technical problems and technology is slow and showing age, and facilitator has difficulty to declare e-school status (means school can manage on its own), due the financial instability of the school.
The facilitator has to:-
• Categorize the challenges per school.
• Prioritize schools support to the diverse
groups of schools
• Identify tactic to deal with challenges
• Suggest best approach in the form of planning
• Anticipate outcomes of such approach
• How will each performance be measured

This is the reality we, Khanya staff face daily. Years of experience enable the Khanya team to methodically manage this type of scenario and this is only one example. Although we are currently transferring skills to Officials whom really have an overloaded program already, there are certain aspects as mentioned above, that are unfortunately impossible to transfer.
Thank you for all the positive mail,it really makes us feel valued.

Christo Davids
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

After so many speculations it is sad to see that Ms Vinjevold wants to close the Khanya book. It is true that a project has a beginning and an end. With the way in which the WCED wants to close it, it’s heading for a disaster.

Delivering e-learning in schools is a specialized job. It can’t just be added to someone’s job description, who does not have the necessary interest, knowledge or skills. District officials are now being instructed to do the work. It’s never going to be the same as the Khanya facilitators and project managers who are passionate about e-learning.

Poor schools do not have the capacity to sustain their technology. In most schools where e-schools were established, the use and maintenance of the technology took a turn for the worse. Schools where the technology is still functional and being used are schools where the facilitators are still involved, providing support over the whole spectrum of e-learning. Curriculum advisors are and will only be concerned about their subjects.

If only key personnel will be retained, a huge amount of experience will be lost to the WCED.

New schools are being built on a yearly basis and they too must be equipped with and trained on technology. To shift this task to an official who already has so many other areas to fucus on, will take us backwards, instead of forward.

Technology is changing at a rapid rate. Education must be at the forefront of change. How are we going to keep abreast with technology chage, its application and implementation without a specialized unit?

A suggestion, if I may. Incorporate Khanya as a fully fledged department in the e-learning directorate. In this way the WCED will still deliver
quality e-learning and maintain its status as a world leader in this field.

Mrs R Dalvi
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

It is with great sadness that I have to learnt that Khanya will not be part of the WCED.

It was with your project (computer technology ) that were able to upgrade our classrooms and to stimulate learners , drill concepts and make classroom lesson interesting for the learners.

Computers have been integrated in almost every aspect of today’s school life. It is a great injustice that many of the disadvantages school will not benefit from the project. It is also very clear that the WCED will not be able to handle a project like this, as many of the official themselves are not computer literate. Then there is still the technical side of things. I am sure the WCED will not be able to handle this responsibility.

From my side I just hope that they will review this situation again. We would like a have a computer literate society and this can only be made possible will the help of Khanya.

Thank you for what you have done for our school.

God Bless!

Mrs R. Dalvi

Service Provider
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

I have delivered a service to Khanya over the last few years and have found the staff of Khanya a pleasure to work with. They are efficient and know what they’re doing. I shudder at the thought of the WCED staff taking over this work. The WCED will not be able to accomplish in a 100 years what Khanya has done over the past 10 years.

Elize du Plooy
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

Graag rig ek ‘n versoek dat die Khanya fasiliteerders asb by die Distrik kantoor aangestel word om sodoende nog steeds hulp aan die skole te verskaf. Daar is soveel positiewe wat uitvloei uit die werk wat deur hulle gedoen is. Ons wat nou die projek moet voortsit het nie die kennis en vaardighede wat hierdie persone het nie. ‘n Tekort aan tyd, kennis en vaardighede is faktore wat sal beinvloed dat die hele proses sal platval en dit is beslis nie wat mag gebeur nie. Baie dankie aan ‘n uitstekende Khanya span vir die kwaliteit werk wat in ons skole gedoen word. Sonder hulle sou ons Geletterdheid en Gesyferdheid resultate nooit so ‘n verbetering getoon het nie. Hierdie span het uit hul pad gegaan om ons adviseurs te ondersteun om goeie resultate te bereik. Ons kan eenvoudig nie sonder hulle hulp voortgaan nie. Daarom hierdie versoek om asb hierdie persone te akkommodeer in ons distrik.

Andre
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

I’m extremely concerned that the WCED wants to stop this excelent intervention. The Khanya project has enabled both learners and educators at poorer schools to become ICT literate. The Khanya facilitators and technicians have been an invaluable asset in upgrading and maintaining our computer labs. Whenever we had a problem, we could count on effective service within hours.

Our school, like many others situated in poor communities will not be able to maintain our labs should Khanya withdraw. The majority of our parents are unempoyed and stuggling to make ends meet, we are battling to collect school fees. Our school offers IT and CAT as subjects and I dread to think what would happen to our learners when our lifeline is cut. We are committed to providing quality teaching and learning and could produce excelent NSC results with the aid of the very helpful Khanya facilitators and technicians. What is going to happen now?

Mark Swartz
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

The massive ICT investment at most of our schools in the Western Cape will be tremendously exposed if Khanya should close as a project. The mere conversation around this topic is causing long term damage at our more challenging schools. The good work by committed Khanya personnel and partners over the life of Khanya is now at risk and it will be difficult, close to impossible, to get these school communities back to appreciating the value of the Khanya service that is/was rendered.
It is once again the forward thinking schools that would have benefitted the most from the Khanya project, and the idea was always that the project also aimed to help those school children in our more challenging neighbourhoods. Did we fail these children, if the “gatekeepers” (us adults) were not necessary believing in the possible change in education though the use of effective technology?
Did anyone bother to ask our schools what they thought of this drastic change? I am convinced that WCED will find a lot of guidance from such an exercise.
I have learnt over time that everyone has an opinion of how things should be done and few are left taking the responsibility if things fall short. I thank the leadership and personnel of Khanya for their commitment and quality service to all our Western Cape schools

Beverley J-B
Sunday, 27 March, 2011

I am currently transferring skills to WCED officials. I believe that it is impossible to impart the valuable skills, knowledge an experience gained in 9 years at this project in 1 or 2 sessions to people who are not like-minded! Many officials lack the passion for technology. It surely doesn’t make sense to handover a project of international recognition to a team of people who do not share a similar vision. Are these Curriculum Advisors able to monitor, support, advise, train new educators, intergrate technology with the curriculum? I foresee a future where the schools who have, will continue going forward and the have-nots will slowly, but surely once again become part of the digital divide / previously disadvantaged.

John Thole
Monday, 28 March, 2011

As leader of an organisation that works in all provinces, specifically in the area of e-learning, there is a substantial lack of consistency and rigour in the implementation of e-learning outside of the Western Cape. The examples set by Khanya, though not always perfect, do enable Districts and Provinces to contextualise and apply the various models used within the Khanya Project, with a great degree of confidence. Given the crisis that we are facing in education, particularly in our under resourced schools, it would be a sad indictment on any WCED or National leadership team if a very clear strategy, based largely on the Khanya model was not supported. The role that e-learning plays in all learning areas as well as in keeping young people fully engaged in the learning process is no longer questioned – work carried out by Prof Don Passey at the University of Lancaster has long proven this fact. The evidence that we have gathered whilst working directly with educators and with learners in the poorest of schools here in the WC over the past 6 years indicates that whilst progress is slow the learner and educator commitment to the daily tasks is far greater when ICT is integrated into the life of the school.

We are now seeing amazing results in that communities of practice, specifically involving the use and application of ICTs into learning and teaching, are forming. These are educators who have recognised the power of e-learning and have begun to gather, meet and share successful teaching models and examples. Confidence is rising and collaboration is beginning to take place across districts and provinces – to let this ‘slip’ would be very short-sighted and we have to recognise that a handover of a project such as Khanya cannot take place over a short period of time. The District Officials are willing to learn but have already demonstrated that they too will need to experience the journey of e-learning. This process cannot be taught in a short timeframe and the ‘how’ will be critical if the WCED District Officials are to fully embrace and lead e-learning in the province.
The SG and her team have clearly engaged with Khanya on the matter of a handover and we will need to trust that the documentation, costing and scaling of the Khanya project will be carefully managed so that the value of the project is not lost. Should the very scary possibility of Khanya being ‘closed down’ actually take place then the responsibility for the very real likelihood of the project learning being watered down, or at worst, lost, should be shouldered by those making that specific decision. If our most senior educational leaders continue to be cynical about the role that e-learning plays in our schools and cannot recognise that, along with the priority areas of improving literacy, numeracy, mother-tongue learning, maths and science, professional development, e-learning provides a structure within which almost every aspect of learning, teaching and productivity can be improved and, most importantly, due to the relevance and currency of ICTs, keep young people fully engaged in learning.
Keep Khanya at the WCED core of e-learning, continue to embrace partners and service providers as part of the solution and most of all recognise the voices of those experienced and 100% committed practitioners out here at the coal-face who, on a daily basis, see the power of e-learning reflected in the performance of educators and learners.
One recommendation would be to ‘refresh’ the existing Khanya model by reviewing and selecting the successful elements of the project and re-thinking how these could be more effectively implemented. To have existing and experienced Khanya personnel as part of this process would be crucial. As part of this process, a clear and transparent system of using success criteria and performance indicators measuring the processes being implemented, would be necessary.
There is much to be lost at provincial and national level by shutting down Khanya in its current form – this seems to be unanimous in all quarters. I therefore appeal to those who hold the decision making power not to act in an insular manner but to embrace and invite organisations and individuals to contribute and share strategies for building on the e-learning foundation laid thus far.

Desmond Ceasar
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Khanya kan met goeie reg beskou word as een van die WKOD se sukses verhale. Dit sal ‘n hartseer dag wees as ‘n projek soos Khanya net eenvoudig moet verdwyn. Daar was op ‘n stadium melding gemaak van ‘n grasieuse oorname van die projek deur WKOD sodat die nodige kundigheid en vaardighede eers oorgedra kan word aan alle rolspelers. Khanya koordineerders en fasiliteerders het reeds begin met die proses en het in die verskillende streke begin met die oordra van hierdie kennis en vaardighede (“skills transfer”). Gemeet aan die sessies was dit duidelik dat ‘n oorname beslis nie oornag sal kan geskied nie. Ja, ‘n hele kopskuif sal onder andere eers gemaak moet word byvoorbeeld van ‘n siening van bloot ‘n besoekie aan die lokaal om vas te stel of die tegnologie wel gebruik word tot wat presies daar moet gebeur – hoe integrasie moet plaasvind tot hoe LITNUM strategieë en ander leerareas in die rekenaarlokaal daadwerklik versterk kan word. Ek is bevrees dat dit wat Khanya oor die bykans 10 jaar opgebou en daargestel het in ons skole tot niet sal gaan as daar nie met absolute sekerheid ander beproefde strategieë in werking gestel sal word wat hierop sal kan voortbou nie. Finansieel kan ons nie bekostig om weer agteruit te beweeg nie. In die Wes-Kaap het Khanya ook begin met die Rekenaar Gebaseerde Opleiding (eSkills4Teachers) om opvoeders se rekenaar vaardighede aan te spreek en in lyn met klaskamer praktyke te bring. Die projek is in lyn met die verwagting van WKOD dat elke opvoeder rekenaar geletterd moet wees. Opvoeders word verantwoordelik gehou vir hul eie vordering in die verband maar word versoek om bewys te lewer dat leer wel plaasgevind het deur ‘n geakkrediteerde toets af te lê. My grootste bekommernis is dit wat ons leerders, veral diegene in agtergeblewe omgewings, gaan uitmis as skole net aan hulself oorgelaat word. My noodkreet is dat ons leiers weer sal gaan herbesin en met ‘n meer aanvaarbare plan na vore sal kom.

Malcolm
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Yesterday, I listened to a documentary about the Khanya Project on RSG. The principal from Dirkie Uys emphasized how much Khanya’s Technology in Education has done to eradicate the huge gap between the “good” schools and those that are struggling due to their history. It is great news, seeing as this is presently the main concern in our country.

That the Khanya Project has to end is not debatable as it was established from the start that it had to end next year. The problem is losing all the highly skilled and experienced staff that are on the project. Most of the schools that are being helped to close the gap need constant attention and assistance. With all the specialized staff on the Khanya Project leaving, I’m afraid that the gap will again get bigger and bigger.

Maybe there should be a Khanya 2 Project or a WCED department called Khanya that doesn’t have to end.

Joseph
Monday, 28 March, 2011

As khanya fasiliteerder werk ek hoofsaaklik met klein landelike skole wat baie min hulpbronne het en wat nooit sonder die hulp van Khanya enige rekenaar tegnologie sou bekom nie. Die blink ogies en opgewondenheid van die leerders as hulle geleentheid kry om met die tegnologie te werk is iets om te ervaar. Die afgelope week was ek in die Sederberg by ‘n baie kleing skooltjie wat vir die eerste keer rekenaar tegnologie gekry het, wat hulle kan gebruik vir kurrikulum integrasie. Wat gaan van hierdie skole word as hulle nie meer ondersteuning van fasiliteerders kry nie?

Felicia
Monday, 28 March, 2011

People have spoken this is a common line used by politicians,I’m not,in all of the above comments,we are all concerned about the huge loss in investment,our children’s future,and what the future holds for our children,some of the parents can afford to buy educational software to enhance their children’s skills and hence they are up to date with technology.

Those in disadvantaged communities will be left with no hope for the future,they only have minimum exposure to e-learning and it will be taken away from them. The Khanya Project managed to close that gap of the disadvantaged and advantaged.Parents out there cannot afford buying uniforms for the children let alone paying school fees and they are thrilled when their children can make use of technology which some of them can only dream of,what type of society are we building?

Leaders,always make decision without looking at the consequences,hope WCED management will look at these comments and make a sound judgement,it is not about Khanya personnel losing their jobs,these are individuals who knew what was expected of them and delivered accordingly,they don’t want to see their hard work going to waste,and you can see the pride they have for this project.

Are we going to get a response from these comments?we will be waiting in anticipation.

The association I represent and the company I work for have both had long dealings with Khanya.

It is my understanding that by March 2012 the Khanya Project will have achieved it’s goals as set out on it’s home page:
“By the start of the 2012 academic year, every educator in every school of the Western Cape will be empowered to use appropriate and available technology to deliver curriculum to each and every learner in the province. This is the ambitious target of Khanya! And all indications are that this target will be reached. Starting with the poorest of the poor schools, Khanya aggressively works towards eradicating the digital divide and striving towards racial and gender equity.”

The next stage is to ensure the maintenance and support of the centres, IAWB’s and software that are being used. On top of this there is the continual advent of new technologies. Who best but Khanya to ensure to this?

If Ms Penny Vinjevold wants to do otherwise I trust that the alternative has been very well investigated and planned, and that Khanya has been consulted. Also that she plans to deploy the current Khanya staff, since it would be a pity to lose this body of expertise.

It would be in the best interests of all that the plans of the WCED be made known ASAP since judging from the comments made so far there is a lot of concern regarding the future role of ICT in curriculum delivery and support in the WC, who thanks to the Khanya Project are leading the way.

Sosebenza Primary School (Khayelitsha)
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Our school is from a disadvantage background, not all the parents can afford to educate their children to well resourced school. The project has bridged the gap between the advantaged and disadvantaged schools by providing technology and softwares. This has been an advantage to our children because the technology has enabled them to gain skills. It also helps them to develop literacy and numeracy skills. We don’t think the WCED officials are capacitated enough to do the job because of their work overload and lack of technology skills. If the project closes we believe educators and learners will suffer because we won’t have the constant assistance and support we presently get from Khanya. We are appealing to Penny’s office to reconsider the decision. Failing to do so all the disadvantages schools will experience difficulties in maintaining and improving the technology and skills. And also the gap between the rich and the poor schools will become wider.

Anthony
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Being one of the first primary schools in Cape town to receive a Khanya lab, it has been heart warming to have received one and the bennifits we have reapt from this project. Not only us but our leaners in particular. Since 2002 we have sent out learners that are computer literate and book literate where reading is concerned.It would be a sad day if this fantastic project is stopped or even be allowed to service those that have been set-up already. School that are cash strapped will not be able to service their computer rooms, that is such a valuable asset for the school. A magor gap is being bridged by the fact that their is active computer lab in a school.This is a resource that educators in this day and age cannot go without. Thank you for providing the budget set up these computer rooms,but please do not take it away??????

M.Bester
Monday, 28 March, 2011

A lot of effort and time has been put into developing the necessary ICT skills that are required to function in this technology era. These are vital skills that all learners need to acquire and master. Khanya is providing a valuable service and this cannot be taken at face value. People with the necessary skills should do the work that they are trained to do. This project has been highly successful and by ironing out some of the creases, Khanya can only go from strength to strength, encouraging ICT as well embedding it into WCED schools.

M.C.Hull
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Dit is absoluut a “disaster”.

Ek wil my eerlike opine rondom die toemaak van Khanya gee.

Daar is drie dinge in die onderwys wat ek glo, nie werk nie:
1. Die kurrikulum
2. Progressiewe Dissipline
3. IQMS

Ons leeders kan nie lees, skryf of reken nie. Ons het ons kurrikulum verander sonder om ons huiswerk deeglik te doen.Ons leiers het geweet kurrikulum 2005 gaan nie werk nie, nogtans is dit geïmplimenteer. Daarna was ons te trots om te erken ons faal ons leerders en het net aan geploeter. Hoeveel nuwe veranderinge is nie al aangebring en miljarde is daarop gespandeer.Ons opvoeders is meer verward as enige iets ander.

Dit is nou presies wat met Khanya besig is om te gebeur. Is die mense op die vloer geken? Ons kry daagliks met Khanya se mense te make. Raadpleeg ons en kyk wat kry julle daar.

Los Khanya soos dit is en gee meer geld om hulle te ondersteun. Ons skool se LITNUM uitslae het geweldig gestuug asgevolg van Khanya.

Lank leef Khanya. Ek glo Penny sal julle eerder ondersteun as toemaak.

Gaan voort met die goeie werk.

M.C.Hull
Mount Pleasant Primêr

Moira de Roche
Monday, 28 March, 2011

I became involved with Khanya, first as the Chairman of the Western Cape chapter of Computer Society South Africa, and later as President of that body. I have been fortunate enough to celebrate many of their successes with them over time, and am proud of what Khanya has achieved.
I think it will be very sad if the Khanya project is discontinued. Sure, a project in the normal course of events should have a fixed term, but Khanya is the only success story of its kind in the country. If the WCED thinks that the wonderful work Khanya have been doing will continue without a happy band of people championing it, then they have lost the plot! Apart from anything else, much of Khanya’s success can be attributed to being able to operate without have to negotiate the red tape and bureaucracy of a government department. This is evidenced by the fact that it has survived two changes of provincial government and several MEC’s for Education.
And it’s about more than just e-learning, it’s about enablement. E-learning without the technology – well it just won’t happen. We might be able to run classes under the trees if we don’t have classrooms, but you can’t have e-learning without computers!
E-learning is a great way to level the playing field. We can share excellent teachers with Webinars, learners who don’t have a teacher can learn on their own, learners who are falling behind can use e-learning to catch-up and for remedial training. We have not even started to explore the benefits that technology can bring to learning.
Not for the first time, we are throwing the baby out with the bath water in my opinion.

Joan Januarie
Monday, 28 March, 2011

What?
It’s like shutting down an empire for our learners!
Since we have the Khanya Lab at our school, we have seen a difference in our learners. Our SPECIAL learners are very excited to have a session with the lab administrators. It is a very good reliable resources and a different method of teaching.Of our learners cannot grip a pencil to write there names, but they are capable of using the computer to play a game, and thereby write there name as well. To them its a great improvement. What the learners do in the lab, we also use to assess them.

The lab has also proven to be an asset to the staff. Educators have the opportunity to empower themselves.

All of this is possible with the help of the Khanya facilitators.They are an asset to the staff, and the educators. The school needs the constant attention, visitation and assistance of the facilitators.

It has truly been a privilege to be involved in the Khanya project.As a supplier ,it is so wonderful to work with a team of passionate individuals who have a love and drive to see ITC implemented and working in the classrooms.I can not express the joy of walking into a classroom where students and facilitators are using their IWB and seeing the amazing results!

Thanking all those whom I have had the pleasure of working with, you have made a difference!

Mark Rosenberg
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Penny I wish you all the best in trying to integrate the work Khanya has been doing for the last 10 years into the WCED. I assume this will be a 5 to 10 year project with the help of Khanya to make it a success will this be the new directive for the Khanya Project?

Wendy Adams
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Ons het kom leer, dat volgehoue monitering en gesigvlak interaksie met hoofde, opvoeders en leerders op ‘n weeklike basis, meer gewig dra as net n kort werksessie per maand. Die passie wat ons fasiliteerders, projek bestuurders die skole besoek, en met geintegreerde kurrikulum beplanning help, sal nooit volgehoue kan bly sonder interaksie soos bo genoem. Ek merk dat van ons hoofde komplimenteer die khanya intervensies wat bydra gelewer het tot hul verbetering in LITNUM. Dit sal maar harde bene kou wees sonder die effektiewe, konstante teenwoordigheid van ons personeel. Dankie aan Kobus en Clint vir hul toegewyde leierskap!

Anon
Monday, 28 March, 2011

To achieve the vision that you have for E- Learning, you need to develop a process that allows you to achieve the desired results consistently. To see the process through, you need the “right people on the bus”, even if it means ushering some people off. More importantly, you need people who trust your leadership, providing you employ people who are comfortable with your leadership style and of course, who trust you. Your ability to negotiate, communicate, influence and persuade others to do things is indispensable to everything you accomplish. The most effective leaders are those who can competently organise the co-operation and assistance of people to accomplish goals and objectives. This is a tall order for the WCED official(s) who has to step into Kobus van Wyk and his team’s shoes. If the process is done by integrating /incorporating the whole team, not only will it provide more permanency to E-learning but would ensure the success of achieving the desired results.

Tony Marshall
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Thanks to Khanya, Oude Molen changed in four short years from being a Technical High School into an Academy of Science and Technology for the 21st century – truly a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school.

Our international network of schools and the exposure of our learners to e.g. NASA projects, to astronomy, to leadership development, joint electronic projects, to the global village of learners and learning – would these have happened without the Khanya-facilitated donations of hardware, software, human capital development? Possibly, but far more slowly.

The re-invention of teachers’ careers through the challenging and fascinating introduction of e-learning technology – would that have happened without the Khanya influence? Probably not, given the unaffordable cost to parents.

The Khanya institutional memory is to be confined to the Alzheimer ward? Apparently so.

The folk who are being targeted to take over the Khanya work are capable, and more importantly, eager to take on more responsibilities? One would believe so.

We are convinced that the presence or absence of continuing e-learning training, continued extension of access to (and effective use of) e-learning technology indicate the fault line between the advantaged and disadvantaged schools of the 21st century, the divide between the futures of the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’. One has to concede that many communities have e-learning fairly low on their priority lists, what with the socio-economic struggles we face. Social change through improved education technology will probably not be fast-tracked by widespread community initiatives.

Ms Vinjevold’s tenure as Head of Education has been characterised by some spectacular successes through practical and sensible changes in policy and its implementation. Supporting schools in the direction of self-sufficiency seems to have been a cornerstone of both her administration’s, and Khanya’s, plans. With respect, we are misguided if we suggest that schools are self-sufficient in the e-learning arena, or are soon to become self-sufficient given district personnel support. We all know what ‘with support’ means on a report card. Witness the tepid, conditional response from some powerful organised education quarters to the introduction of the laptop initiative.

Changing the Khanya focus into an add-on to folk with other fish to fry seems a grave mistake.

I trust the policy regarding Khanya will be reviewed. Who better to continue the commendable Khanya legacy that Khanya?

Sollie
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Wat ‘n voorreg om deel te wees van die Khanya projek by ons skool. Dit het die leerkragte se vrese vir die komper tot tot loutere genot laat klim.Hul kon nie wag om die lesse te voltooi nie (opleiding) en het daarna hul klasse met yver aangepak.Wat sou ons sonder Khanya gewees het? ‘n Arme skool met karige toeristing wat een of ander maatskapy weggegooi het?
Leerders wat maar steeds sukkel om projekte te voltooi by ‘n biblioteek waar hulle nie durf loop nie?
Of miskien leerkragte wat nog skedule met die hand skryf?
Khanya jy is (was?) ons redder!

Harriet
Monday, 28 March, 2011

Prinsipale is bekommerd!!!! Hulle besef die lading wat Kurrikulum adviseur alreeds het. Hulle bekommernis is, wanneer gaan KA by die skole uitkom om fisies, soos die Khanya fasiliteerders, ondersteuning te bied. Die Volhoubaarheid van die tegnologie is ook ‘n groot kommer. Skole het nie genoegsame fondse om die rekenaarlokale te onderhou nie.

Cerenus Pfeiffer
Monday, 28 March, 2011

“The availability of ICT has changed the nature of teaching and learning in Mathematics” (Becta ICT Research)
Ek was vir 5 jaar ‘n Wiskunde fasiliteerder (2004 – 2009) by Khanya en is ten volle bewus dat ‘n projek ‘n begin en ‘n einde het.
Net ‘n paar bekommernisse en opmerkings:
•Waar gaan skole befondsing kry om die tegnologie te opdateer en by te bly met die nuwe tegnologie. Tegnologie (miljoene rande) gaan by baie skole wit olifante word. Rekenaarlokale gaan nie gebruik word nie en ons gaan terug beweeg na die jare (pen-en-papier stelsel) waar puntelyste nog uitgeskryf was, ens.
•Is die beamptes in die WKOD (nie-Khanya beamptes) van mening dat tegnologie ‘n bydra of verskil tot die onderrig- en leerproses van leerders kan maak. WKOD gaan dalk nou persone moet gebruik wat dit moet doen omdat dit hulle nuwe werk beskrywing is en wat geen aanvoeling vir e-leer het nie.
•Het hierdie beamptes die kapisiteit en is hulle bevoegd om dit te doen. Ek glo jy moet ‘n passie vir dit het en nie net opgelei word daarvoor nie. Jy moet daarin glo dat dit ‘n verskil kan maak. Jy kan daardie passie ontwikkel, maar dit kan nie oornag gebeur nie. Ek het ure by skole en selfs nagte opgesit om te kyk hoe sekere sagteware werk en hoe effektief dit gebruik kan word.
•Die sukses van die projek was juis die ondersteuningstruktuur. Tegnologie en programme verander daagliks en met geen of minder ondersteuning sien ek donker dae met betrekking tot IKT in die skole.
•Waarom was die projek Khanya geloods? Het dit die probleme aangespreek. Indien wel, beteken dat “goeie” strukture (persone wat passie het) moet daar geplaas word om dit volhoubaar te maak anders het ons miljoene rande gemors.

Aysha Kamalie
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

During my discussions with educators and Principals, breaking the news to them that Khanya will be coming to an end usually has two reactions. Either stunned silence, or a very vehement question session about who would be taking responsibility once we are gone. Their major concern is obviously the sustainability of the technology.
Khanya’s success has been based on a model of ongoing support. From the project manager to the facilitator, the assistance we provide cannot be measured in terms of finance alone. The end of Khanya would mean many things to many people, but the parties who would suffer most are the educators and learners in schools who can least afford it. These are the schools who are under-resourced in more ways than one. They have fluctuating human resources, and very little money to work with. For a school in many of our target areas, having someone come to their school for ICT & software training and staff development in the afternoon is not only ideal, its necessary. They lose and gain staff annually, if not every term, so facilitators often repeat training for new staff members, or for those who need extra confidence.
The school network administrator at these under-resourced schools also faces the added challenge of being an educator with an already heavy workload, and with little or no assistance when it comes to troubleshooting and following up issues. Holding that administrator’s hand and assisting him or her ensures that labs are still operational (whether or not their warranty periods have expired).
It takes a while to implement new technology, like Electronic Whiteboards in the classroom. Ensuring that it is used optimally often means multiple visits, multiple training sessions, and then follow-up sessions, followed by beginning the training all over again if the educators have moved, retired or been promoted. All of this adds up to a lot of patience and plenty of time spent at schools.
These are but a few of the issues that the WCED team will have to deal with. For the sake of all of our schools, I hope that the strategic plans for replacing Khanya will consider all of these variables, and ensure that the educators and learners in the Western Cape will continue to receive the support they deserve.

Aletta
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Thanks Kobus and Penny for keeping us informed about the future of Khanya. When I was interviewed for my post in Khanya nine years ago I said that I felt Khanya was a very ambitious project – I feel even more so about the “integration phase” ahead. Sterkte!

Sean Carolissen
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Having read most of the comments concerning Khanya, I find it hard to believe that the powers that be, would even consider withdrawing the support of the Khanya facilitators from the schools. This could only spell “technological suicide”. I have had the privilege to be involved with the Khanya facilitators over the last 4 years at two different schools. Learners today are learning in a different way to how they learnt ten or more years ago; it is one thing to provide schools with the latest in technology and then suddenly “pull the carpets out from under them”. Will the Khanya Labs become one of those Great White Elephants as happened elsewhere in the country. It would be totally unwise to try and meddle with a proven and educationally sound formula. Once again, our underprivileged learners are going to suffer as a result of bad decisions.
I pity the schools that are still to receive computer labs within the next 12 months. Learning to master server maintenance and other technical gremlins that pop up unexpectedly will never happen in a few workshops. Khanya Labs are one of those things where the “magic wand” cannot be waived and everything falls into place. Entrusting the work that Khanya facilitators do to overworked WCED personnel (Subject Advisors etc.) is a guaranteed recipe for disaster. How long will the skills transfer take?What happens in the interim?
I would seriously suggest that the decision-makers have a rethink about their plans and not adopt an “ostrich head in the ground” stance!

RdV
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I have not been a Khanya Facilitator for very long, and I understood from the get-go that my position was not a permanent one. And that is fine, I am a resourceful person, I’ll do my best to land on my feet.
But what of the schools that we service?

The schools that I work with are in a mostly disadvantaged area. The average school fees for the year come to about R150, and even this small amount is something that most of the learners simply cannot afford to pay! In addition to financial problems, most of the schools also have to deal with a rising trend in vandalism and theft from the surrounding community, which contributes even more to their financial worries. They’re already struggling to cope as it is. To take away another support base would be a heavy blow to them as they rely heavily on the support provided by Khanya.

When I showed the above interview to the Principals and Lab Administrators at the schools, the overall reaction was one of shock and disbelief. And the one response which was expressed by almost all of them can be summed up as “What WCED officials? We hardly ever see them now as their workload is already too full!” Some of the other responses I had best keep to myself as rough language might be censored on this site…

Pedro Booyse
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Die nuus dat die einde van die Khanya-projek tot ‘n einde gaan kom het soos ‘n begrafnisstilte neergedaal tydens een oggend se aankondiging verlede jaar in die personeelkamer. Sonder die toegewyde personeel en tegniese kundigheid wat Khanya bied, sou ons skool seer sekerlik nie gewees het waar ons vandag staan nie. Reg van die begin af met infrastruktuur ontwikkeling het hulle die pad begin stap met die skool. Ek onthou nog asof dit gister was die een dag in 2004 toe Chas en Trevor die skool besoek het om voorbrand te maak vir die rekenaarlokaal. Gou-gou en met deursettingsvermoë het ons aan die werk gespring, want die geleentheid kon ons nie deur ons vingers laat glip nie. Daarom sal die voortgesette ondersteuning van tegniese kundigheid verwelkom word eerder as dat dit weggeneem word. Ons hoop van harte dat die gedagte om KA toe te rus om skole voortaan daarmee by te staan, werklik goed deurdink sal word. Hulle is reeds oorlaai en ek weet darem nie of hulle tyd sal vind daarvoor nie. Die tyd sal leer.

Vanuit ‘n navorsingsoogpunt kon ons dit toeganklik maak vir leerders ons vir die Wetenskap Expo voor te berei. Opvoeders se vaardigheid het verbeter en dit het verder gelei tot bemagtiging van menslike hulpbronne en daarom kan ons vandag erkenning gee aan Khanya se fasiliteerders, veral vir hul rol en name soos Gail Ahrends, Shahyda, en talle meer kom op. Hier kan die praktiese opleiding ook nie geringgeskat word nie. Hulle het ons inderdaad gehelp om internet baas te raak, infrastruktuur te skep wat ons andersins nie uit eie fondse sou kon verkry nie. Daarvoor is ons ontsettend dankbaar.

Laastens, Khanya in sy huidige formaat is definitief ‘n aanwins vir die skool en die breër gemeenskap. Daarom betreur ons die feit dat daar oorweging geskenk word aan die toemaak van die afdeling.

Die CEIE se rol hierin kan nie misken word nie. Die afdeling dink ek, in terme van volhoubare steun aan skole, kan beslis nie toegemaak word nie.

Kollegiale groete.
Pedro Booyse
Maskam Primêre Skool
headmaskam@telkomsa.net

Bernadine
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Wat ‘n heerlike tyd vir kinders om na die Khanya-lokaal te kom.‘n Hele nuwe wêreld het vir meeste van hul oop gegaan. Op ‘n wonderlike en genotvolle manier word hul geletterdheid en gesyferdheid bevorder.Wat ‘n teleurstelling sal dit net nie wees as ek vir die vrolike gesiggies moet sê, geen meer Khanya. Asseblief moet dit nie aan ons kinders doen nie!

Andre Pietersen - IT Crimes
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

The mammoth task of transferring skills and experience gained from the Khanya Project is a project in itself. In my view an effective handover process needs to be facilitated by the Khanya Project in a phased approach that would see functions and skills handed over in an organized, practical way. Part of that process would include obvious changes like creating posts for LAN Administrators in schools to take care of the growing number of computers and other technology and to include budget allocations targeted at sustaining technology in schools. To simply terminate the project would certainly spell the slow but certain demise of 10 years of investment. It would see the steady but certain widening of the digital divide that the Project so effectively closed over the past 10 years because only the better resourced schools will be able to continue effective curriculum delivery using technology in a sustained way.
The implementation methodology of the Khanya Project and the attention given to risk management has resulted in a reduced number of IT related crimes in schools, a situation not enjoyed by other provinces. There is however a huge task ahead in training school managers to become effective risk managers. We, as the IT Crimes initiative, have the privilege of supporting the Khanya Project to assist schools to fight the growing plague of computer related theft in the country. The result has been a very low incident rate in Western Cape Schools unlike the plague of computer theft experienced in other parts of the country.
The effective implementation methodology of the Khanya Project has been the catalyst in seeing initiatives like ours introduced into the education system. We do not experience the same successes in other provinces that do not have “Khanya Projects”.
The Western Cape Education Department, by comparison to other Education Departments in the province, has proven to a leader in the field of innovative methods of improving the quality of education for the 21st century learner. Please don’t squander the lead by terminating one of the most effective projects we have had the experience to be associated with.

Felicity Sasman
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

As educators, there is no doubt that we believe in change. Change however is good only when you build onto the good which we already have, in this case being Khanya. Khanya Staff and the Khanya Project have made an enormous difference at our school. Teachers are inspired and motivated because of the excitement with regard to the different teaching methods (ICT) which they are able to use to enhance their teaching. Pupils are excited because lessons have taken on new meaning. Being able to use computers and interactive white boards has opened a new world to our pupils and it has brought about the realisation that with hard work and dedication, they are able to be whatever they aspire to be. Absenteeism amongst learners is no longer a concern. The Khanya Project is not a success because of the software and hardware which they had provided but because of their passion, drive, interest, expertise and enthusiasm. What we have learnt from the Khanya team is only a drop in the ocean, as the possibilities are endless. My greatest fear, should WCED take over the project is that it will die! Too much has been invested in this project to take the risk. I am not implying that WCED Staff is not capable or competent to take over this project but I know that they are short-staffed, and over-worked and for them to do justice to this project is a question which all our staff members are asking. KHANYA is WHAT and WHO it is because of the excellent leadership of MR KOBUS VAN WYK and his dedicated STAFF. Please reconsider this idea and allow Khanya to continue the AMAZING work they have done and are still doing.

Zandi
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Comparing the contribution of Khanya project in the Western Cape and other e-learning projects like Gauteng online indicates the need for consistent and visible support of skilled people with the passion of what they do. Without proper support we will simulate what has occurred in other province on the failure and lack of vision of e-learning. Surely the GED had a strategic plan and a vision of such project when implemented however failed to have proper plan on the practical sustainability and application of e-learning. This is the risk and challenge that WCED is prepared to undertake by removing the skilled and visible support at schools. There is a lot of investment and effort done to maintain the success, quality service that is visible within Khanya. Most school are not ready to run independent or with minimal support as they keep in contact with their facilitators on a regular basis for assistance on the challenges experienced and curriculum delivery in the lab. Without such support the labs or e-learning will be a meaningless activity or white elephant in the long run.

Melvin Jonathan
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Wat ‘n wonderlike voorreg om ons Khanya-rekenaalokaal te gebuik as hulpmiddels vir die onderrig van ons landelike leerders. Danksy die gebuik van die Khanya lokaal kan ons met trots sê dat ons Gesyferdheid-uitslae in graad 3 vanaf 5.95 na 89.3% verbeter het en Geletterdheid vanaf 41.2% tot 78.6%.Selfs ons graad 6 LITNUM het verbeter,alles danksy die gestruktureerde besoeke aan die Khanya-lokaal deur alle klasse – vanaf Graad R tot 7. Ons sou beslis nooit hierdie prestasie behaal het sonder die ondersteuning van die Khanya fasiliteerders nie. Ook ‘n groot dankie aan alle rolspelers , Khanya en IT tegnici wie deur hulle vinnige reaksie sorg dat ons Khanya lokaal altyd 100% funksioneer. Ons glo dat met nog doelgerigte werk en intense Khanya ondersteuning ons ons LITNUM uitslae verder kan verbeter.Khanya, ‘n groot , groot dankie.

Melvin Jonathan
Prinsipaal
Groenvlei Primêr.

Anton Arendse
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Over the last few years our school has been transformed with the addition of technology. The KHANYA staff were excellent in the manner they have assisted us. Help was only a phone call away.With the assistance of Khanya we were able to secure 90% of our classrooms. This in itself has resulted in a drop in the number of burglaries.Being actively involved with sport in the Mitchell’s Plain area I fear the same will happen to Khanya as with the sport. So many things were promised but nothing was delivered. With the result sport has now been taken over by educators again.I would really like to know why the department find it in themselves to change the good things that work. Surely a bit of consultation with educators will give some insight into the success of some projects and the need to continue with them.

D.B.Maloy
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Khanya het ‘n merkwaardige verskil aan die leerders van Bloemenhof Primere Skool gemaak. Die leerders het die geleentheid gekry om hul rekenaarvaardighede asook hul geletterdheids- en gesyferdheidsvaardighede te verbeter. Bloemenhof Primêre Skool het ‘n aansienlike verbetering in terme van bogenoemde sistemiese evaluering bereik, danksy die tegnologiese veranderinge wat deur Khanya teweeggebring is. Die leerders en die opvoeders gebruik die interaktiewe witborde en die rekenaarprogramme optimaal. Dit sal ‘n hartseer dag wees vir hierdie die leerders en die breë gemeenskap van Bloemenhof Primêre Skool indien Khanya se deure moet sluit en nie betrokke by ons skool sal wees nie. Die aanwending van hierdie tegnologie het ‘n kultuur van hoop en vooruitsigte vir ons leerders daar gestel anders sou hul steeds as agtergeblewe leerders bestempel sou word. Die WKOD amptenare is terdeë bewus watter verandering hierdie tegnologie aan skole bewerkstellig het, waarom dan hierdie geleenthede van ons kinders ontneem as die fokus op kwaliteit onderrig. Ondersteun Khanya in hul poging om ‘n verskil in die lewe van kinders te maak wat dalk nooit die geleentheid sou kry om hul vaardighede te verbeter nie. Viva Khanya en voorspoed met die stryd oor oorlewing.

Prinsipaal
Mnr.D.B.Maloy

Bronny
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

KHANYA – die betekenis is alleenlik die belangrikste rede waarom hierdie produk nooit as te nimmer van die opvoedingstelsel van leerders in die WKOD moet verdwyn nie. Ons skool, Eden Primêr in Vredenburg (langs die weskus) het soveel verryking, kennis en insig in die tegnologie aan die leerders oorgedra, danksy die betrokkenheid van Khanya by ons skool. Ons leerders het vanaf ’n zero kennis van tegnologie tot ’n 100% kennis van tegnologie gestyg vandat Khanya betrokke is by ons skool. Die opvoedkundige programme het ’n geweldige hupstoot aan ons skool se LITNUM uitslae gebied. HOEKOM HIERDIE PRODUK LAAT VERDWYN TERWYL DAAR VERRYKKING EN ONDERSTEUNING GEBIED MOET WORD AAN LEERDERS MET LEERGEREMDHEDE?? Khanya het die vir ons gebied met hul infrastruktuur asook hul ondersteunende diens aan ons skool. ASSEBLIEF LAAT KHANYA BLY. Of moet ons sê ALUTA CONTINUA!!!!

Nolan Swanepoel - Vleiplaas PS;Barrydale
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Die khanya projek het ‘n posotiewe uitwerking op ons gelleterdheid en gesyferdheid in ons skool te weeg gebring. Dit kan gesien word in die verbetering in die ANA’s van 2011. Die tegnologie wat Khanya na so ‘n landelike skool bring is van onskatbare waarde. Die blootstelling laat die leerder toe om tot sy volle potensiaal te kan presteer. Die volhoubaarheid van die projek is van kardinale belang.

Voorspoed KHANYA!!

D. Goetham
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Ons skool sou nooit die voordele van rekenaar tegnologie geniet het sonder die hulp van Khanya nie omdat ons in ‘n baie klein agtergeblewe gemeenskap geleë is. Leerders en opvoeders trek groot voordeel uit die projek omdat die sagteware ‘n uitstekende bron van intervensie is en ontwerp is vir individuele leerders. Leerders kan dus teen eie tempo werk.

Ons sien uit na nog baie jare van Khanya ondersteuning.

D. Goetham
Prinsipaal
Eendekuil Primêr

NORMAN CLOETE
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Die Khanya projek was ‘n welkome inspuiting en ondrersteun die effektiewe lewering van die kurrikulum.Die voorsiening van rekenaars,elektroniese witborde,ander elektroniese media asook die professionele ondersteuning is prysenswaardig. Die gereelde besoeke en moniteringsaksies van fasiliteerders en ander beamptes het die kwaliteit van dienslewering verseker. Khanya het beslis ‘n verfrissende vernuwende benadering tot onderwys by Hoërskool Weston ingelui en die vele suksesse deur leerders behaal is ook aan die projek te danke.

Brian Arendse (Aloe Junior High)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

We are all aware that Khanya is a valuable asset to schools, benefiting both learners and educators alike. The support received from the Facilitators has been of great value to our school in ensuring that curriculum delivery takes place in the lab. The question now is: Should they be withdrawn, will we still be able to receive the same type of support and advice from WCED officials already overloaded with duties?
Who will be responsible for the sustainability of the lab, and is the WCED prepared to financially support the maintenance and upkeep of the labs in our schools?
Currently schools are struggling to meet their own financial commitments. Simple things, such as utility accounts, schools struggle to pay because of a lack of adequate funding.
Its not just about maintenance and upkeep, its also a matter of ensuring that schools are exposed to the latest educational software to meet their changing needs.

Envor Petersen Morgenson Primary Principal
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Thanks to Khanya!
What is this we hear, that the WCED plans to give a well oiled project in the hand of those who can barely cope with their own work? Is this the new way to get the job done?
We received excellent service from Khanya facilitators who are not only passionate, dedicated and goal directed to the task of e -learning. They know their work, are eager to help outside working hours and well trained. The team has built a system in our schools that allows our learners to see the world through color, sound and interaction. They have simply created a new world away from the ‘grey’ chalk board and enhanced learning the way our learners learn best. I say keep the investment… dont allow ‘CHILDREN’ to ruin a system that brought development. Reap the rewards by employing those who have built the system and nearly perfected its working.
I have seen the excitement in the eyes of our children who have access to the e-learning structures and I fear the day that I have to wait for weeks before our technical issues can be resolved by someone who thinks he/she knows the working of our systems.
I maintain that we keep the best, in order for us to maintain and develop the current system.
Let our schools not enter a dark place in e-learning as we have advanced to far to go back.

Sakkie
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Dankie Khanya personeel vir alles wat julle gedoen en opgeoffer het

Chris
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Dit is te danke aan Khanya dat opvoeders rekenaargeletterd geword het en dat leerders blootstelling aan die tegnologie gekry het. Die kurrikulum is deur die tegnologie ondersteun en gesyferdheid en geletterdheid het hierdeur gebaat. Dit is egter noodsaaklik dat hierdie projek voortgesit word(miskien in ‘n ander vorm), maar dit is noodsaaklik dat daar deurentyd ondersteuning is van fasiliteerders se kant. Tegnologie is dinamies. Wat gaan gebeur as daar nuwe en beter tegnologie op die mark verskyn? Wie gaan opvoeders bemagtig as daar nuwe sagtware op die mark verskyn? Met groot respek, vakadviseurs het nie die kapasiteit en miskien ook nie die tegniese aanvoeling nie. Daar is net een oplossing – behou Khanya se kundiges.

Danster
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Khanya het my geleer om my administratiewe werk te vergemaklik. Dit het ook vir die leerders ‘n nuwe wêreld oopgemaak. Kurrikulum het lewe gekry. Weg is die vervelige groenbord. In die rekenaarlokaal kon leerders op sy eie pas en sy eie vermoë werk. Leerders het onmiddellik terugvoer gekry as hy Wiskunde en Tale op die rekenaar gedoen het. Moet asseblief nie hierdie kragtige ondersteuning van ons en ons kinders wegneem nie.

Conrad Tobias ( Middeldeurvlei )
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Dit is sleg om te verneem dat ‘n projek wat soveel deure , geleenthede en waardevolle programme aan ons leerders geopen en belend gestel het tot ‘n einde moet kom. Veral vir leerders in ‘n landelike omgewing wat moet kompeteer met die lewe daar buite. Ons kon die opgewondenheid in ons leerders ( Gr R tot 7 ) se oë sien wanneer hulle na die Khanya lokaal beweeg. Waarom daardie glinster laat vervaag.
Die Khanya lokaal maak ook deel uit om ons leerders akademies te ondersteun – daarom is ons bevoorreg om ‘n algehele prestasie toekenning vir die Gr3 leerders te ontvang.
Dankie vir Mnr Kobus van Wyk en Khanya span en ‘n spesiale dank aan ons fasiliteerder wat met soveel oorgawe en entoesiasme ons gelei en deurgans ondersteun het. Ons hoop dat daar maniere gevind kan word om hierdie projek se lewensduur in ons skole te kan verleng.

Jeremy Zoutman (Aloe Junior High) LAN ADM
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I’m a bit skeptical about the “take over” of this project. I believe the whole idea of starting the e-learning project was to make a difference in literacy and numeracy and extending the hands of the department in working together for change in our schools. She mentioned something: “Department start projects to see if they are successful and then go to scale if they are..” then “make the e-learning part of our mainstream activities.” *It is already successful!! How often do we as educators frequently need assistance for daily functioning at school – and always we find that the Khanya react more superior in assistance then the WCED, especially regarding e-learning. What is the real problem to this – is it because the department wants to “save on costs” or is merely about taking away something that is working an make it unmanageable, because that will happen when this project is taken away from our excellent service provider! Please listen: “As the department you should rather ask how you can support Khanya,to make this project work better!!”

Sarie
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

The Khanya project is unique in the world.

1. it provided hardware, software and infrastructure to enhance Curriculum Delivery, (many other projects did the same), plus

2. it is the first project to focus exclusively on Curriculum Delivery,

3. it provided skilled manpower to support and train the teachers.

These last two attributes distinguishes Khanya from the rest of the world.

The first phase (hardware and software rollout) will be completed by 2012, which will officially end the Khanya project. This in itself is another milestone for Khanya, as nowhere else has a project of this nature been completed so cost effectively in the given timeframe.

However, the main aim and challenge – to train (and re-train) the teachers on how to deliver curriculum to the benefit of all learners, must now follow in all earnest to complete the full circle. Who better to do this than the people with the know-how, the experience, the passion and the necessary skills?

It is easy to state that the WCED must now take over this role. This can only be done successfully with the momentum of the current Khanya infrastructure.

Anything else will result in extensively long learning curves of staff with already overloaded work schedules, not to mention all the political red tape that will be part and parcel of the whole deal.

Furthermore, once the current leadership of Khanya, with all its skills and enthusiasm is removed, the WCED will NEVER be able to re-create this project or start any other project of a similar nature. It will be a lost opportunity for ever to the detriment of all learners. So sad.

We will never understand the pressures, politically or otherwise, that has lead Ms. Vinjevold to contemplate the closure of one of the (if not the only one) finest technology curriculum delivery systems in the world. We wish her well and hope that she will make the right choices in the interest of our children.

Die Personeel van Akkerboom PS; Barrydale
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Wat ‘n teleurstelling om te verneem dat so ‘n behulpsame projek moet verlore gaan. Die leerders se gesiggies straal as dit rekenaar tyd is.Ons skool het baie baat gevind uit die projek veral in ons Geletterheid en Gesyferdheid. Ons is ‘n klein landelike skool wat nie oor die finansiële kapasiteit beskik om self die projek verder te dryf nie. Ons hoop dat daar ‘n manier gevind sal word om die toekoms van die projek te verseker.

Johanna
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Ons is ‘n klein 2-man skooltjie tussen die koringlande. Khanya het ons gehelp dat ons in elk klas drie rekenaars en ‘n bediener het. So kon ons ook deel word van die wonder wêreld van tegnologie. Sonder dat ons hoef te vra of soebat word ons stelsels in goeie toestand en opgedateer gehou. Ons word ook gereeld verras met nuwe programme. UITSTAANDE DIENS!!!
As ek dit vergelyk met die gesukkel wat ons het met diens uit die hoofkantoor en reaksie op navrae is KHANYA ‘n WENNER!!!
Asseblief moet nie aan ‘n WENRESEP torring nie

Algernon Erasmus
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Ek is skoolhoof van Karitas Spesiale skool en het so pas tegnologie deur die Khanya projek ontvang. In die verlede het ons skool rekenaars ontvang, maar die rekenaars was nooit gebruik vir kurrikulum doeleindes nie, baie dankie. Ons is baie opgewonde en sien uit na die opleiding en die ondersteuning wat Bertus Basson ons gaan gee. Lank lewe Khanya

Z Petros Hlengisa PS (Principal)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

It is so amazing that a project that is uplifting the standard of the disadvantaged is about to be phased out. This is very appalling and we want to believe that people who are managing our education do not demonstrate interest of our schools. Whatever the motive might be please think twice as this won’t affect the “white kids but the black children of Africa.” People who are up there should come down to the grassroots level and not stay in their offices getting advices that do not build or help the disadvantaged. We are making an earnest appeal to the powers that be not to phase out Khanya project at this in time.

Mr Cweya Principal (Imbasa PS)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

This is to express my views regarding the existence of Khanya at our schools.T his is a very vital aspect that is essential our curriculum development and upgrading of the quality of learning for our learners. Khanya is playing a major role to enhance e-learning at our schools therefore without their impeccable services e-learning would not be systematically sustained. I robustly recommend continuation of Khanya project in our schools.

Belinda
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Equipt yourself with the tegnology so that you can be ready for your CURR. and your learners.Knanya help the learners with learning dissibilities alot .The learners enjoy the room and are eager to work on the computers.

Mr Mentile Principal (kukhanyile Prim)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Khanya has been a very important orhanisation in the development of our leadrners and teachers technilogically. since the inception of the Khanya computer lab at the schoollearners have been able todo their research on topics given by teachers on the computers with software like Cami and others.it has made learners to look forward to getting homework from educators all the time.

B Sonamzi Principal (Welwitschia PS)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I find it so strange that someone can even think of phasing out a promising project like this in the midst of our backlog in technological advancement in our teaching and learning. I have read and eventually experienced, success stories about Khanya project in the western Cape since its inception.The curriculum support that Khanya is providing to our schools is very excellent, it responds to our Litnum challenges, through e-learning. I think this project is about getting technology tour schools that cannot afford it and the training of educators who are computer illiterate. Hence, I regard that as part of educator development. The indepth curriculum support given by Khanya facilitators will mean its success and continuity even when they left, the time they spend assisting educators in the computer labs demonstrating to educators by practically working with the learners in the labs, is with no doubt really incredible. Taking this support structure out from the schools will be a terrible mistake I say this with all due respect. I was personally taken up with emotions when I saw excitement of my staff, SGB, parents and learners on the first day they laid their hands on the computers. Khanya is just an amazing project that one cannot afford losing.

David Scheepers - Suurbraak PS
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Khanya is Tops. Daar bestaan by my geen twyfel dat Khanya ‘n groot impak op baie leerders en opvoeders by ons skool gemaak het. Hierdie projek het ons skool en gemeenskap op die hoofweg van moderne tegnologie geplaas. Niemand op hierdie klein dorpie van ons het toegang tot internet dienste behalwe die skool nie. Hierdie gegewe is moontlik gemaak deur die inisiatief van Khanya.Tans word ons deur ‘n Khanya fasiliteerder ondersteun in verskeie opvoedkundige kurrikulêre en soms tegniese aspekte.Ten midde van alles wat gesê word rakende Khanya beskou ons hulle dienste en ondersteuning onontbeerlik vir lewering van doeltreffende kurrikulum.Ons wens is dat Khanya nog lank sal voortbestaan.

Vuselela Primary (Khayelitsha)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

We don’t have a lot of things to say as a school,except to say we share the same ideas with the head of department with the role ICT has played which is still playing currently.Same can also be said about the successes of Khanya as a Project in making sure our schools get access to computers and electronic facilities. It benefited both Learners and Educators and we are quite sure it benefited the community in one way or the other.
Although i’ts a project that will not last forever,but see-ing its end now could be bad news to a lot of schools that still are enjoying benefits (in terms of assistance and monitoring) each day, and a great pity that Khanya could be looking on sidelines to see if their vision gets realised or achieved.

Sakumlandela School (Khayelitsha)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

We, at Sakumlandela, are against the fact that IT should be discontinued at schools. We find this very strange in this day and age that our schools should do away with IT. Our learners use the internet when they do research for projects and assignments.

Khanya has installed educational programmes like CAMI for learners and these have been very useful to our learners.

We need IT at our schools for the advancement of our learners and teachers.

M Manqina Sigcawu PS
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

On behalf of Sigcawu PS and the community at large we sincerely appeal to WCED and its top management not to disrupt the contribution made by Khanya project to our schools. It’s pivotal role in our learning and teaching is immense .Some of our educators had never been exposed and had an opportunity to use technology as a means teaching and learning. I therefore have no reservations in recommending that work done by Khanya should continue.

HW Burrows
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Ek die skoolbestuurder van Steynville Primer is hoogs tevrede met die dienste wat Khanya aan die skool lewer. Die Khanya lokaal het dit moontlik gemaak dat ons leerders meer blootgestel word aan die hedendaagse tegnologie. Hoop dat hul sal aanhou met hul goeie diens. Baie dankie.

HW Burrows
(Skoolbestuurder – Steynville Primêr)

Kuyasa Primary (Khayelitsha)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

We at Kuyasa Primary School are totally dismayed by the fact that Khanya is treated as a separate organisation, because we always thought that Khanya is part of the WCED. Already the WCED has this chop & change in the circuits, which also in its course is confusing. The question is: Will the WCED cope with the demanding world of technology. As weird as it may sound, but, there is still a lot of educators to be trained because of staff turnovers as well as the learner community as large as it is. We cannot run away from the fact that Khanya project has been “AN IMPORTANT ASSET” to our schools.

Some issues have to be cleared:
1. The financial constraints to the school,
2. The workload (WHICH WAS SUCCESSFULLY OCCUPIED BY THE KHANYA FACILITATORS)
3. The consistent measures taken by the WCED.

Mr. O. Molakeng (Heinz Park P.S, Principal)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I am deeply devastated by the news that the Khanya Project is coming to an end. Our school is located in an impoverished area and the computer lab is the only ICT facility our learners can access. Their excitement at being connected to the outside world via the internet will be lost. It would be appreciated if the WCED could review their decision in the interest of our learners.

Fritz Snyckers
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

There seems to be no dispute about the fundamental value that e-learning can add to our learners and about the success of the Khanya project.

I think we must ask ourselves why Khanya has been so remarkably successful, especially compared to other similar initiatives.

Here are a few ideas in no particular order:

-The thorough and consistent organisation and technical backup of the Khanya laboratories.  This aspect is critically important, since experience has shown that without this even well-funded initiatives are doomed to failure.
-The integration of the e-learning support into classroom teaching via the electronic whiteboards etc., making it more “main-stream” and acceptable.
-The thought and care invested in ensuring the availability of value adding e-learning content.  Again this differentiates Khanya from many other initiatives.
-The instructional design expertise of the Khanya specialists, allowing the constant addition of carefully targeted e-learning content where it is most necessary.
-The consistent follow-up by Khanya field staff, without which the implementation in many schools would not have happened.
-The fact that Khanya staff are “outsiders” and are thus seen as consultants rather than as a threat or competitors.

It is difficult to see how these critical differentiating success factors can be maintained unless it is constantly supported by a specialist group of people. The fear is that, once the Khanya group is integrated and diluted into the normal operating structure of the Department, this drive and concentration of competence may be attenuated or lost.

It appears to be a requirement that, in order to keep this momentum going, an experienced and competent specialist group is maintained within the Department, i.e. that the Khanya momentum is maintained.  If for other organisational reasons such a group’s reporting line will be different to the present Khanya project’s, so be it.  But it would not be wise to dissolve the project group only to reconstitute it in a different organisational location.

The necessity of a separate, specialized group to maintain the key success factors, remains clear and urgent.

Mr. B. Dlwathi (Bongolethu P.S, Educator)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

The fact that we are told that khanya will be ending is a disaster itself. We have been exposed to e-learning and now that will be taken away. We have no funds or financial support to employ additional staff to assist us in technical and curriculum support. We have recently acquired a state of the art computer lab and are receiving constant curriculum and ICT support from the Khanya personnel, our fear as the school is that this beautiful lab and the endeavors put onto it will collapse should the project be stopped. We wonder if the districts will be able to carry this load. We are pleading to the WCED to consider extending the program for the benefit of our learners.

Mr. Gavin Marks (Heinz Park Primary - Educator)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I am currently working in a disadvantage community and we are struggling with LitNum. Most of our learners must still learn FROM CONCRETE AND VISUAL OBJECTS.
Khanya has just kicked in at our school and a person can see the excitement on the learners` face just to visit the Khanya lab. The Khanya project helps our learners to read maps, count and read. We at Heinz Park primary are still at a beginning stage and are very sad to hear the rumors that the project will end.
As we at Heinz Park primary are a mosaic of different cultures Afrikaans, English, Isixhosa it help us as a rainbow nation to understand each other to reach out to one another. We also learn each other`s language through the integration of the Khanya project by means of learning and playing.
It has dawn to me that the word “ Khanya” means light in isiXhosa, the project is here to enlighten our community and learners for a better future. I really hope we can keep this light (Khanya) and let the flame of Prosperity shine in the future.

Hi Penny.

The tone of this interview is not appetizing at all. On behalf of the school am I working for, I do not think that the idea of limiting technology in schools is a good idea at all. If this is pushed forward, obvious, the usual victims will be an African child – who will have nowhere else to access computers. They also depend mainly on Khanya project with computers and trainers. So, anything that seeks to discourage this – threatens the future of computer education in our underdeveloped communities.
My first contact with computers happened when I was doing grade twelve. The center was established by Old Mutual in the school premises, and there was nothing unbecoming about that. Nobody used her/his power to take that away from us.

sharon - vanguard primary
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Oh no! Why take away something from schools that is working so well? Who will be available at schools on the day that the fault is reported? Will facilitators be available to answer to the needs of school? Are officials who already have a tremendous workload expected to perform this IT duty a well? Do they have the necessary expertise? Will a separate unit be established to function in the same way as Khanya? I don’t think so – it seems the education department is trying to fix something that isn’t broken. The systemic results at our school has improved because the Khanya lab made learning interesting, exciting and modern to many learners who would otherwise not have access to computers. Are the underprivildged children going to suffer again?

The removal of the IT from proffessionals makes me think of the sport in schools. When teachers ran the sports programs, the children played sport. Now we have administrators and sport is suffering at schools.

Let’s hope the education department listens to the people who work with the children and the Khanya lab. They are the one’s who know what they are talking about and what the practical implications are for ending the Khanya project.

Trevor Arendse
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

The comments, concerns and sentiments expressed about the Khanya Project are heartwarming and truly encouraging. This must be, particularly so for you Kobus. You have shown yourself more than capable in your intelligent yet empathetic management of this, not so easy project. It is a privilege to be associated with you on this project, since 2001.

It is worthwhile to note that all the comments are not just about the preservation of the Khanya Project and its personnel but also the preservation of the accomplishments and standards set. Repeatedly reference is made about the learners and the advantages they now enjoy. What is going to happen to them? Who are the ones to continue with the help they need? There is no doubt that capable, experienced and passionate people are needed to complete matters.

Although there are limitations set for projects, one must acknowledge that “accomplishment is a journey, not a destination”.

We trust those decision makers will bear in mind the words of Nelson Mandela “there is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered”

It would be good if they can visit “places unchanged”; get to where there is a need and look at fulfilling those needs in a practical and sustainable manner.
As my colleagues in the Westcoast can attest to, that there a great need to sustain ICT in this area and only by supplying and applying a support system can there be accomplishment.

The accolades that Khanya receives are indeed evidence of the way matters are conducted. It is as the greastest educator said that “wisdom is proved righteous by it’s works”

Let us meet the challenge ahead and work at it! In ICT the it is well known nothing endures but change!

Bonita
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

The principal and staff of Belhar Primary School would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for a job WELL done by the project. Technology plays an integral role in all our learners’ lives and thus the Khanya Lab is of the outmost importance to our learners. The learners love being involved in activities which enhance learning programmes i.e. Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills. Learners look forward to getting involved out of the “normal” class situation and are interactively involved with the software available. The computers in the Khanya Lab enhance learners’ computer skills which is valuable for future purposes. We as educators are also empowered by using the Lab and we are so grateful for the support we get from Khanya be it workshops or our fears on how to handle big classes. The language structures and usage, reading and writing have improved a great deal which lead to the success of the A.N.A. results in Grade 6 i.e. E.F.A. language and largely also boosted their confidence. The Khanya staff together with the school’s LAN (Mrs. B.C. de Oor) have effectively guided teachers who themselves enhanced their Computer Skills. We look forward in working closely together (as always) to take our school to greater t heights in technology

Donny Jacobs
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

KHANYA het ons lewe makliker kom maak.Op die gebied van LITNUM , tegniese ondersteuning en advies , opleiding van opvoeders ,advies oor rekenaarprogramme vir lees en wiskunde ,persoonlike deur tot deur diens op `n volgehoue basis ten spyte van hulle vol program
Hul fasiliteerders se uitstekende kennis van hul werk is van onskatbare waarde. Hoe vervang jy die mense met departementele vakadviseurs wat nie eens by skole uitkom vir ondersteuning nie.Hulle dra ook `n massiewe lading.Ons pleit dat die KHANYA inisiatief voortgesit word en dat fondse vir hierdie doel vrylik beskikbaar gestel word.Moet asseblief nie agteruit boer nie . Ons het nou net mooi begin om vorentoe te beweeg. Waarom `n goeie ding uit die skool uithaal wat werk en in die hande plaas van mense wat nog minder weet wat aangaan.(met alle respek gesê)
Lank lewe KHANYA,lank lewe hul fasiliteerders en lank die regering/ die departement wat sorg dat die projek in die hande van KHANYA bly.

Shaleen Jacobs
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Asseblief. Hou aan met die projek .Ek was totaal en al rekenaar ongeletterd en dis juis deur KHANYA wat ek vandag op `n rekenaar kan werk ,my kinders in die klas op die rekenaar kan werk en ek wat `n taalopvoeder met sekerheid kan sê dat die tegnologie my leerders goed ondersteun in die verryking van hul lees en taalvaardighede.
Hierdie inisiatief moet bly. Uit en gedaan.Ons vra die besluitnemers om moii te dink . Moenie nog `n keer die baba saam met die badwater uitgooi nie.

Raymond Foster (Petunia Primary)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Regarding the proposed Khanya shutdown,

Is the above step a progressive step or is it a backward step? It reminds me of the decision a few years ago by some government ministers to close down some of the power stations in S.A.. This was a foolhardy decision because those who thought they were helping our country at that time actually created hardship for all the citizens today.

Khanya has built up irreplaceable expertise over the past years. Technicians and facilitators who has a thorough understanding of what is necessary to create computer labs, to train educators and to maintain the equipment. They also have built up sound relationships with the educators. When approached for advice and technical support they were never lacking in supporting the schools. Is the current expertise of Khanya personnel going to be replaced by people who are better equipped to sustain the thriving computer labs or are we going to experience a meltdown
of computer education at our schools.

The way forward is certainly not by training current CTMS,IMGS or Subject Advisors to replace the expertise of Khanya Personnel.

I beg the SG to have a rethink and to be aware that a shutdown of Khanya could potentially lead to the end of functional computer labs at all schools throughout the Western Cape. Please consult those on the ground who have benefitted from the workings of a well-oiled Khanya machine which could deliver!

Raymond Foster – Petunia Primary

SMT and LAN facilitators
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

We absolutely think that KHANYA should stay in the schools. We acknowledge their huge contribution over the last couple of years and we render our full and on going support for this iniative.We have established a very special and personal relationship with the facilitator in our school .He has provided outstanding service delivery and offered effective support since he started working in this area. We benefited in every way since Khanya opended their doors for us.
Let the people of Khanya run their own show.Give them another chance to continue the good work.Our LITNUM has improved since then. Think carefully.We cannot afford to lose this iniative.

Nozipho G
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

With all the good work that the WCED has rendered to the Province, solemnly for the benefit of the Western Cape Learners will now be watched by everyone in the Province, fading away sadly. With all the millions that were spent, will be a good history by end of April 2012. Whoever missed the opportunity of getting into the Boat while it was still moving, will have to go and spend thousands to be geared with ICT. Very sad that a Province with a goal with regard to ICT and improvement of learning, will have to turn its back towards its best practise.
I dont want to see it happening but I have no choice.
There are so many questions to be answered, What is going to happen to schools that were recently rolled out and schools that are still on the list to receive new labs. Is there any plan for such schools?

M JACOBS
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Aangesien ons so pas met interaktiewe witborde en rekenaars voorsien is en nog in die proses van opleiding is, was dit ‘n groot skok toe ons verneem dat Khanya-projek sy einde nader.Dit sal ‘n groot jammerte wees as dit moet gebeur, want ons het nog baie ondersteuning en leiding nodig.
Hierdie projek het ons leerders (landelike skool) se wêreld wat so klein is, aansienlik verbreed. Die leerders is so opgewonde en geniet weer ‘n slag die lesse en vir die opvoeders is dit ‘n wonderlike hulpmiddel.
Ons sal nie sonder die hulp en ondersteuning van die Khanya-span kan voortgaan nie. Daar word soveel miljoene op onnodige dinge gemors,bv. die ekstra onnodige plakkate ens.(te veel om te noem) wat na skole gestuur word. Geld wat liewer vir Khanya gebruik kan word.
Ons rig dus ‘n ernstige versoek aan Departement vir voortbestaan van Khanya.
Baie dankie vir die span van Khanya wat soveel geduld het met onervare en onkundige opvoeders (wat rekenaar aanbetref)

M Jacobs
WESKUS

miles3wp
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I read through the interview, then did so agan and then for a third time….. trying to figure out what is installed for Khanya, but to my dismay and utter shock….I realized, there is NO future for this Project!! Working on ground level, I can honestly say….”If there is NO Khanya, the Curriculum Integration with software suffer a slow death….” Unfortunately that is the reality…. How can something so RIGHT, be WRONG? I’ve come to learn and appreciate the values, the skills and knowlegde the Project instilled within me. We are caring people, genuinely concerned about the future of Curriculum Integration with Technology within the Western Cape. Truly, it would be a SAD day indeed, when the WCED stops this Project…. It’s not over, untill the last pc is turned off…..

Scottsdene High
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Just the thought of the Khanya Project coming to an end is difficult to swallow. The project helped disadvantage communities with IT equipment. Facilitators were always available to assist in curriculum by means of ICT. Will WCED (curriculum advisors) be able to fulfill these tasks? I do not think they will be able to. The ending of this project will definitely let underprivileged children suffer again.

Ebrahim Cornelius
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I find it ironic that the very people (WCED) who are tasked with educating our children, are in fact doing the extreme opposite. We all know, including Penny Vinjevold that the WCED will not in a million years be able to match what Khanya has achieved and will still achieve if given the opportunity. So why the dangerous decision to halt the brilliant work of Khanya? The mind boggles. What could possibly be behind the decision to sacrafice all our children?

At our school, Cypress Primary, it is such a joy to see our kids interacting with the very best technology has to offer. We have even managed to open our Khanya lab to the community. We are in fact training our community in ICT. All this is possible because of Khanya.

Ms Vinjevold must understand that most of our children and community members do not have access to computers. So what happens to our lab because a school like Cypress Primary will never be able to sustain it without Khanya’s input. Thus leaving our kids and community without the benefit of technology.

Our school community battles with drug and alcohol abuse, gangsterism, unemployment, etc, etc, etc. We cannot take on more problems… especially from our own education department!

I am asking the WCED and in particular, Ms Vinjevold, to please reconsider. Please don’t become another stumbling block in the lives of our children!

Our children must come first… always!

Ebrahim Cornelius
Cypress Primary School

Costa
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

At a time when lack of service delivery is plaguing many provinces, it is reassuring to know that Khanya has delivered all the way. It’s just a crying shame that such a well-organized and effective team of passionate workers may recede into oblivion when our learners need curriculum delivery through IT more than ever. Information Technology is moving forward at an accelerated pace – at breakneck speed. Every month of hesitancy could spell a year of regression into a labyrinth of ignorance.
Interactive whiteboards were unheard of when Khanya received its mandate. Nevertheless, they rose to the challenge like true champions. Who knows what new or improved technology for education is waiting to manifest itself worldwide? Why not allow Khanya to escalate to the next level with a new mandate?
As handover approaches, it is now time for WCED to prove that they too can deliver. Wouldn’t it be comforting for them to know that a guardian still exists, ready to assist in any possible way?

Mike Freeman
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Thanks Khanya. You guys have been great.You have brought a new dimension of learning to our school. Our kids love their computer periods. With regard to the comments of our head of education, all I can say is: “another great initiative about to become a white elephant.” Over the years the department has become more of a burden to education in classes than anything else. They want to take over from Khanya, but when schools need them, they complain about being understaffed. Who then will fill the void left by Khanya – maybe learning area advisors or circuit managers? I think not . Some learning areas don`t even have advisors in certain circuits. It`s fine to make comments while sitting in an air-conditioned office, delegating what needs to done. That doesn`t mean, however ,that what is put onto paper can be practically implemented. Once again what works ,will be tampered with and replaced with something which doesn`t. Says a lot about our education dept doesn`t it!!! PLEASE ALLOW KHANYA TO STAY!!!

Brenda S (Chris Hani Arts & Culture High School)
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

I am actually very upset as I am typing this comment. I cannot believe that the Khanya project is coming to an end. WCED’s top officials is sitting in their cushy offices, oblivious of what is happening in the poorer schools. Is WCED that ignorant of what is happening around them. They now want to tell the experts that they are no longer needed. Isnt it better to decentralise an important function like IT and e-learning in schools. Leave it to the experts like Khanya. They have played such an important role in our schools with regard to technical assistance and advice and did valuable training whether it was technical or software applications.
I know what is going to happen now, again the poorer schools are going to suffer, because we cannot afford to employ a person to maintain our labs. There is a dire need in our area to sustain our labs, but with very limited funds it is almost impossible.
Maybe Ms Vinjevold must now come to the party and make known the plans for sustaining ICT in schools “after Khanya”. Better still, maybe WCED offices need to move to Khayelitsha so that they can experience first hand the challenges that we are faced with.

Ntombi
Tuesday, 29 March, 2011

Currently most of our Khanya schools have been attending award ceremonies in celebration of their percentage improvement on LitNum.
I have been flooded with messages and phone calls from excited Principals and staff on their achievement and all say and believe that it is due to the support they have been rendered by Khanya and their Facilitator on ways and approaches on using the educational software and also the dedication they have put on the whole process by visiting the lab religiously and reinforcing what the learners learnt in the classroom.
It will be a sad day when their only hope that has been tried and tested comes to an end.

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Husain Mollagee
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

It is sad that Khanya, although started as a project outside of the red tape of WCED, but very much within the fold, should be perceived so much as the outsider. The supportive work that Khanya does will never be matched by the uninitiated. The concept is simple: experience is not something that one is able to transfer; in this handover process, Khanya can transfer skills and concepts to WCED, but WCED experience in ICT still has to be clocked. So where does this leave the ICT process? With a 10-year regression, maybe. WCED will have to play “catch-up” for lack of a better expression, at the expense of the people they serve. Also, would WCED be able to source the necessary funding to assist its ailing coffers, coffers which can barely cope with the basic needs of education? I could continue ad nauseum, but in conclusion, the WCED has neither the capacity nor the extra funding to support ICT at a level that Khanya has been doing in the Western Cape.

Tracy
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I understand that a project has a beginning and an end and as such the Khanya Project has realised its goals AND in the allotted time it was given. Project successful – CHECK.
Now that the PROJECT has almost reached its completion, however, it is very obvious to those who actually work in the environment that the school labs (infrastructure, hardware, etc.) will not be sustainable without Khanya’s intervention. Most of the schools just don’t have the funds or resources to maintain or upgrade their labs ever, let-alone once every 4 -5 years.
I cannot imagine that all the facilitators, coordinators, project managers etc. will be cast by the way-side. The Khanya team has acquired their valuable knowledge over the 10 year period of the project and it defies logic that this knowledge is expected to be handed over in a couple of brief sessions AND to people that are so snowed under with their own priorities that the ICT in schools will surely take a back seat in their agendas. And not because ICT is not important to them, its just that what they are currently responsible and accountable for is just as important.
The only reasonable explanation I can think of is that the team from this project will all be included in the e-learning initiative where, of course, Khanya will be made part of its ‘core function’. And the only way the work that Khanya does can become ‘embedded’ in the WCED is if they have a dedicated staff to do it.
This explanation seems logical to me, but I’m sure I’m being very naïve. The powers-that-be have their own ideas and explanations justifying their actions and all we on the ground can do is hope that someone sees the ridiculousness of the situation before it’s too late.
This interview has not clarified anything for me, it has just raised more questions:
1. What is to happen to the Khanya budget?
2. What will be happening to the schools when they need to be upgraded?
3. When new schools get built who will be advising them on the infrastructure needed?
4. Who will be providing the schools with funding?
5. Who will be showing the teachers how to use the educational applications?
6. Who will be monitoring that it is getting used?

Help with these and numerous other questions will be appreciated!

Chester
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has given the rural schools, especially the farm schools an opportunity to teach the learners about ICT and how to use it. Our learners are eager to work on the computers and also to be exposed to the world outside of their farm. The support that Khanya provides are absolutely essential. Farm schools do not have the time and financial aid to provide this support when things go awry with the computers at school.
Khanya is a project that has proven its worth and has played a major role in the improvement of the Literacy and Numeracy results. This is one project that needs to be allowed to continue.

Steward
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

The schools of the future will be e-schools with a capital E! All teachers and students will have laptop computers, each class will have there own Interactive Whiteboards. Teachers check voicemail and return student calls on special cell phone system. The learner’s use iPad’s for textbooks and their work is saved in a digital portfolio cloud. Technology will change the emphasis to the learner being responsible for his learning rather than the teacher. The future is here many Western countries and even private schools in South Africa are already using this technology.

Oops maybe not !!!

The WCED through the Khanya project gave schools technology which most schools could not afford nor can they sustain it, because of the school’s budget constraints. A few schools received Interactive Whiteboards and other schools are envious because they can see the value of having it in the class – will the poor disadvantaged schools once again suffer.

I hope the integration of Khanya and the WCED will not prevent schools from getting the technology and support they so desperately need to improve the learning experience of our learners. The school days when computers meant word processing or playing games are already behind us.

Whatever the school of the future might be, technology is always a huge part of it and the WCED has a major role in ensuring that our schools is part of the future.

Jacques
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya i svir baie belangrik, want dit het dennitief die kinders positief laat reageer

Dit het ‘n denitief ‘n groot verskil in lees en taal wiskunde bebring, en selfs blootstelling gegee aan ons kinders by die cami speed challege om met ander skole in aanraking te kan kom.0

Khanya wa ‘n bron van lewe om daaruit kan genot te put en akedemies gaan daar vermisting wees,, dir het goeie bydra gelewer defnitief, hulp was daar,

Wat ‘n verlies !!!!!!!!!!!!

paardekop Primêr

Sceptic
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

@Chester wrote: “Khanya is a project that has proven its worth and has played a major role in the improvement of the Literacy and Numeracy results.”

I fully agree that the Khanya Project is (was?) a huge success in many aspects, but that it made a difference to the literacy and numeracy results is a very debatable point. I am not aware of any independent study that can confirm the statement.

Yes, of course we need technology in schools. Will technology improve teaching and learning in SA schools? I’m not so sure.

Lynette
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya have been an invaluable asset to our school. Educators have become computer literate in all their administrative tasks, their competency in everything that they plan and hand in, all curriculum matters included.

The moral and self-esteem and eagerness of the learners to utilize their planned time in the lab, is a booster for any educator.

Due Khanya ‘s assistance and their support the three classes fitted with Electronic Whiteboards has made a major difference in the work and results of our Lit/Num. Cami Maths , Talking Stories , Perceptual activities, going on to the internet as resource for tasks , is but a few of the positive changes at our school.

The results of our Grade 3’s have a vast improvement since the last Systemic results. Khanya staff stopped at nothing to assist us at any given time. They were always willing when called upon to come to the school. For that we are grateful. We would be very sad if our Khanya mentors should at anytime be relieved of their assistance. With the future help of Khanya, we at Balvenie Primary School can only go from strength to strength.

Ms Tomose (principal)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Our school really acknowledges the existence of Khanya project. For the few years of Khanya Project’s existence, the school has benefited academically. All educators are computer literate. They can access the information through internet and other Khanya programmes that are installed in the computer lab. Every educator has an e-mail address. Learners can access the information through Khanya project and internet. We worked with different facilitators of Khanya and they are all diligent and generous.
We feel very priviledged and honoured to have Khanya project in our midst. Without Khanya project the school can be backward. Khanya project has improved our results especial in foundation phase.
We are thankful to Khanya project staff for their tireless support to our school.

Jeremiah
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I am proud to say that my school has improved tremendously as in previous years.
The Foundation phase has moved up to 12% in literacy and 9.9% percent in Mathematics.
The Intermediate Phase received 2.7 % that we are working on improving this year.
There is a hive of activity in the Khanya lab, each educator wanting to improve his/her class performance .
The overall target for 2011 that we aiming for is to reach the 60% mark. Watch this space.

Christa, Paarl
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Hoekom karring aan ‘n wenresep? Al die kundigheid en vaardighede wat van hierdie projek so ‘n sukses gemaak het, is gesetel in die personeel en strukture wat tans by Khanya bestaan. In die Paarl is die ondersteuning wat die Khanya-skole ontvang, wonderlik en absoluut onontbeerlik. Khanya het vir ons skool ‘n IT-reddingsboei gegooi en die leerders is al die pad die wenners! Dankie, Khanya, die Larries hoop dat julle ons nog vir lank sal begelei en ondersteun op ons IT-pad.

Mbenenge (LAN)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya project has helped our school tremendously.The school results has improved (Lit/Num)due to the help of the Khanya faclilitator and the use of educational software in the lab.Our results were below 30% and now we are achieved a 50% pass in the FP and a slight improvement in the intersen due the effort of educators in using the LTSM activities.The facilitator is of great assistance. She provides support to the educators and offer us ongoing training. We appreciate her regular visits to motivate and encourage us.

Educator
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I am an educator from the Eastern Cape and I took a transfer to the Western Cape few years’ back. When I started at my school, I experienced a huge difference between the schools in these two provinces WC and EC. Here all schools have computer labs, some have interactive whiteboards, data projectors etc.There are software programs that help our children in literacy and numeracy. To top it the entire Khanya project provides training and support.Khanya guides us to link what we are doing in class with the programs in the lab. They have excellent materials that make our lives easy as they are already linked with learning outcomes and assessment standards. Khanya programs serve as a miracle for our learners including those who seem to be slow in class. Some learners learn faster and better in the lab than in class.
Technology contributes a lot in making our teaching lives easier. Now we are able to use computers to plan, write worksheets, schedules and reports. The WCED requires us to submit typed schedules at the end of each term. Who has trained us to be ICT competent? Khanya people.
Yes, I understand that a project has a beginning and an end but a proper strategy to continue Khanya legacy should be in place. WCED officials have a lot to handle, OBE, RNCS, NCS and CAPS and I think it’s a little bit unfair to them to expect to master ICT as well. They are trying to cope with all these new teaching methods and strategies and instead of assisting them to cope better so that they can help us, now you making their lives difficult too. I guess they are preparing to start with CAPS soon and they are in a learning curve with that and now WCED experts them to handle ICT too. That will take time to happen and master ICT and meanwhile, we will be struggling.
Why don’t we allow the ICT experts to continue with what they are doing? I would advise Penny to take a tour and visit Eastern Cape schools, schools there do not even have a computer for administration. Most of the educators do not even know how to switch on and off a computer because they do not have access. WCED, why do you want to reverse the wheel? Did you think about our schools in the disadvantaged areas? How are we going to cope without the assistance of ICT experts?

Mema
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has been a great support to our school.There is always excitement from the learners when it is their time to go to the lab. Educators are now computer literate through the training received from Khanya. We hope to have a continued support and relatioship with Khanya as we anticipate to learn more and improve further. Without such support we can not grow.

Mrs. N.S. Mbane (Principal, Mkhanyiseli Prim.)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has brought light and provided our school with access to computer skill. Learners, educators and supporting staff have been benefitting. I strongly feel that Khanya should remain assisting our schools even if in the form of a different name – reason been that our school cannot afford to sustain and have value added to our computer lab without Khanya intervention and support. Questions of redeployment, staff moving from one school to the other, finances and maintanance all need a stable body that can help schools manage these factors, what body other than Khanya. As a project it can end but as a body it can remain. We are still striving to improve our numeracy and literacy through technology of which our learners are very interested in. You will be losing professional expertees such as the facilitators, what’s going to happen to them.

Nigel D. Adams Mullersrus PS
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Dit is een van die hoof take van leiers van opvoedkundige institute om besluite te neem wat tot voordeel en uitbou van die visie en akademiese voortreflikheid sal dien. Die leiers van onderwys in die Wes- Kaap het dieselfde verantwoordelikheid en sou enige van die besluitnemers besluit om die tegnologie wat skole bereik het deur Khanya tot niet te maak is dit nie net fataal nie, maar opvoedkundig onverantwoordelik. Khanya het ‘n verskil gemaak en of dit hulle is wat die projek verder vat, of dit heel iemand anders is, die projek het bestaansreg, want kinders wat onder normale omstandighede nooit by rekenaars sou uit kom nie, het nou die geleentheid.
Ek versoek u om verantwoordelik op te tree met die bloedjies waarvan groot ophef gemaak word veral as ek dink aan uitslae van sistemiese toetse wat later matriek uitslae beinvloed.
Skrik wakker! Ons wil nie met wit olifante sit nie.

Debbie
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Hoe is dit moontlik dat die WKOD nie kan besef wat die waarde van tegnologie in ons skole is nie. Rekenaar tegnologie is hier om te bly. Daar vind gedurig nuwe veranderinge plaas en ons moet op hoogte gehou word sodat ons ons leerders die vaardighede kan aanleer. Dankie aan die Khanya-span wat altyd so hulpvaardig is en altyd beskikbaar is wanneer op hulle nommer gedruk word. Indien die Khanya-projek gestop word, gaan daar baie skole wees wat nie in die leerders se behoeftes kan voorsien nie omdat hulle eenvoudig net nie die fondse het nie. Ek hoop van harte dat die WKOD hulle planne om die Khanya-projek te stop sal heroorweeg.

A.Rossouw :Beacon School for LSEN
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has been on board since the beginning of this year.We were hopeful and thankful for the support.As this project is new to our staff and learners,our Khanya trainer plays a vital role in the growth of this prject.We depend on the trainers support and guidance.We have a planned programme for the year with the responsible person.We request that the WCED,thinks of the future of our learners.

M Mlumbi - Principal (Sigcawu PS)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

We are hereby as school community forwarding our concern about the phasing out of Khanya project in the WECD. Our school started with Khanya project in 2010. The staff started receiving training in February 2011. Khanya project is a powerful tool to tackle problems of Literacy and Numeracy. The interest of our learners just within the short space of time is amazing. They are now able use some of the programs to improve their literacy and numeracy levels. These programs contains literacy and numeracy tasks and activities that addresses our curricular needs. The support structure Khanya is providing both curriculum and technical wise is enormous.
Khanya has opened many doors of learning for our previously disadvantaged learners and e-learning is one aspect. E-learning has made learning and teaching uncomplicated, painless and pleasurable experience. We, therefore, wish to recommend that the WCED reassess its position and allow the Khanya project to carry on with its massive task. Incorporating this project to the core of WECD functions will certainly yield to undesirable consequences. Our schools have no human resources that will be able to sustain that project due to lack of funds. Most of our neighboring schools in Nyanga and Crossroads are no fee school status. We won’t have funds to maintain our labs.

Denver Albertyn- Meadowridge Primary (Deputy-principal)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

After working very hard establishing our Khanya-lab, we can proudly say, we have made great strides in only the first term of 2011 for example setting up a timetable (Gr. 1 -7), provide training for educators in MS Word, Excel 2010. We are looking forward to the second term to improve on our standard of educating our learners and training our educators in IT.Our facilitator. Rufia has been a great support in how to manage the lab and making it a financial asset to the school.It is unfortunate to hear that this valuable support will not be provided by Khanya staff, but EMDC officials who are already over-burdened with other responsibilities, and might not be available to assist schools.

Mrs. E.L. Tinzi (Principal, Andile primary school)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

The Khanya project has improved not only the learners skills but also developed the entire school stake holders, e.g. Educators and the non-teaching staff. Even our SGB’s got empowered through the process in the presence of the Khanya project. Parents feel very proud to see their children so highly motivated and have the ability to work even much harder. The idea of having and working in the computer lab motivates the whole staff. It is quite sad to hear news that Khanya project is disintergrated. As the staff at my school we sure were improving. Our fear now is that all the efforts already made will collapse – once the support from the Khanya project is removed. with respect to the districts and the WCED, our feeling is that they might not be able to carry this workload. Intergrating ICT in improving numeracy and literacy is vital, learners finds it easy to solve problems and communicate with peers. as a school we feel very much proud of what khanya has done to us. For the first years we are able to compile our schedules, class lists and google from the computers through the aid of Khanya. Well done, khanya, we are proud of you.

Pauline - Teacher trainer
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Dearest Penny, it seems you’re about as informed about the role of ICT in upgrading and uplifting previously disadvantaged schooling as Mr Manyi is about non-racism. Your WCED colleagues are struggling to cope with the loads of work dumped on them since OBE began and although OBE is now gone/not gone/gone… their workload has not lessened. Now you want to dump THE MOST IMPORTANT TOOL you have at your disposal to inform and uplift the youth on your, mostly ICT illiterate, colleagues! Wake up love, there is ice blocks in your tea!

C.S. Mangcoto Principal (Leiden PS)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

As Leiden Ps Headmaster I wish raise my grave concern with regarding to the position WCED would want to adopt in as far Khanya project is concerned. Khanya’s contract will be ending. My concern is that Khanya project has played a vital role in as far as teaching and learning is concerned. Many schools have computers irrespective of the area. All the learners have been given an opportunity to learn how to use a computer. At my school this project has contributed so much that is has reduced learner absenteeism because learners are looking forward to use the computer lab. Without the tireless support of Khanya project we would not have managed to master curriculum delivery through the use of technology.
Therefore I strongly feel that there is no way this project should be phase out. It is my sincere appeal to WECD to relook their decision regarding this matter.

Thembie
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya project has been doing of great assistance to learners and there are more pragrammes like Cami Maths that Khanya wanted to install in their labs at schools and all those pragrammes assist both the educators and thye learners. Why does it have to be taken away from our schools. I say a big NO to that….

Rona - Modderdam Secondary
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has made a huge impact on education in our school.. One of the big successes of the Khanya project is using technology for curriculum delivery. It is through the Khanya project that our learners are given access to Master Math, science programs like Crocodile clips , Mindset, Pace for career guidance etc. as well as access to the internet.

Most importantly for me was Khanya’s involvement in the education of teachers in terms of e-learning.
how to use the computer, interactive-whiteboard as well as how to maintain ones computer lab. Our school has two khanya sponsored computer labs which we would otherwise not have had.
The fact that there is not even enough subject advisors for each subject, indicates that the WCED will not be in a position to provide schools the same support that we have received from Khanya. It will be a sad day when the Khanya project is stopped because then , in this fast-moving world of technology, we once again will fall back into the mediocrity of bureaucracy.

Jacques:ST PAUL'S LAER
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya is al deel van ons skool sedert 2003 en was nog altyd ‘n steunpilaar vir ons.Met die interaktiewe witbord wat ons ontvang het,het ons jaarlikse nasionale assessering tot 86 % gestyg.Die fasilteerders is altyd gewillig om ons bystaan en het ‘n regte passie vir dit wat hulle doen met e-leer.

Dit is altyd lekker om te leer van iemand wat sy werk ken en die nodige ondervinding het.Khanya se goed opgeleide fasiliteerders is spesialiste in hul gebied.Dit laat my aan die spreekwoord dink “Jack of all trades,but a master of none”Adviseurs het alreeds te veel hooi op hul vurk.Hulle “adviseur” en sal nie die nodige ondersteuning kan gee vir e-leer om sy reg te laat geskied nie.Dit sal egter ‘n jammer wees as al ons bronne nie effektief gebruik kan word nie.Om net te dink aan die tyd,inspanning en geld wat in ons locale geploeg was !

Melissa van Struisbaai Primêr
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Die Khanya-projek is van kardinale belang in ‘n agtergeblewe skool, soos Struisbaai Primêr. Ons kinders baat ontsaglik baie daarby. Dit is vir die oorgrote meerderheid kinders hulle eerste kennismaking met enige vorm van tegnologie.Om op ‘n rekenaar te kan werk, later vaardig te kan raak en hulself te kan help op ‘n rekenaar maak ‘n enorme indruk op hulle. Sedert die Khanya-projek by ons skool van stapel gestuur is, het ons kinders se selfbeelde merkwaardig verbeter. Hulle voel hulle bereik iets!

Verder, die tegnologiese vooruitgang raak almal. Waarom dit wegneem? Deur dit te doen word beide die kinders en die onderwysers ontneem van ‘n broodnodige meduim om te leer. Ons as onderwysers is beslis gekant teen die voorgenome idee.

Diya
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

It is with great sadness to hear that Khanya’s contract is to be terminated or not renewed. SG please review your dicision about this project. Taking it away will be like taking us back into the ancient times. Learners are enthusiasitic and happy to attend their computor classes and the support that we are getting from Khanya personnel is tremendous. The strides we have made with Khaya as school and community is outstanding. Our night school is also benefiting in the programme using our lab to educate adults.WCED please do not change a winning formular we are on track with the technology in Western Cape school

Diya
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

It is with great sadness to hear that Khanya’s contract is to be terminated or not renewed. SG please review your dicision about this project. Taking it away will be like taking us back into the ancient times. Learners are enthusiasitic and happy to attend their computor classes and the support that we are getting from Khanya personnel is tremendous. The strides we have made with Khaya as school and community is outstanding. Our night school is also benefiting in the programme using our lab to educate adults.WCED please do not change a winning formular we are on track with the technology in Western Cape schools.

Techno
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya was a very, very expensive experiment. When the project finally winds down next year, close to 1 billion Rand will have been spent on salaries, infrastructure, computer hardware and software etc.

Sometimes we learn only through mistakes. One of the costly lessons learned is that the Khanya model is just not financially sustainable. On top of that dedicated labs with complicated hardware require constant specialist attention – also not sustainable in the long run. Sad but true.

One last thought – reading through the comments it appears as if many think the end of the Khanya project also spells the end of technology in schools. Not so! I do however believe careful consideration should be given to the type of technology used in schools in future projects, as well as the appropriate way to utilise it to the best advantage. In that regard the experience gained through the Khanya project should prove invaluable.

Cliffie Vraagom
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

khanya has been a wonderful partner in creating an environment conducive to effective teaching and learning. It would be a very sad day if this project has to come to an end because the learners would be severely disadvantaged. Aren’t they the reason why we teach?

EDDIE
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has empowered educators with computer skills and opened the global village to many. Learners were exposed to resources they would never have accessed before. The Khanya Labs have greately contributed to the improvement of Literacy and Numeracy levels. If you cannot replace it with anything better then you will be committing a moral sin. The Khanya Project has afforded many of our disadvantaged school’s the opportunity to expose their learners to the technological world. Furthermore the maintenance of these labs can be a costly exercise … and the expertise and knowledge of the technical staff allows many school’s to keep their labs functional and operational … which might not otherwise have been the case.

z sonday ppp
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

My learners enjoy using the cami maths and cami reader programmes tremendously. I find the reading programme very effective and the children enjoy being able to express themselves.

M Carelse Palm Park Primary
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

My grade 3 class of 2010 worked on the cami Reader activities as well as the cami Maths and I had the best pass rate for systemic evaluation in my grade for Litercy 2010 and a remarkable improvement in my class’s performance in Maths. Areas in Maths that I found difficult teaching or learners found difficult grasping I taught using cami maths. Graded activities made learning easy and fun!!!!!

Selwyn (Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Oor die afgelope paar jaar het ek dit baie behulpsaam gevind. Die program het gehelp met die vordering van stadige leerders in Wiskunde. Praktiese werk op komper het gehelp om abstrakte konsepte te verstaan. Leerders kon op hul verskillende vlakke werk. Hulle het dit ook baie geniet – het my gewoonlik herinner om komperklas toe te kom.

Zelda Villet (Glen Elgin)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya het vir my as opvoeder groot sentimentele waarde .Ek was deel van n groep van 10 opvoeder uit die Overberg wat die sagteware vir die projek uitgesoek het.Ons het geskiedenis gemaak in die Overberg en ook in die land met rekenaar in die klaskamer sowel as n rekenaarlokaal.Wyle Cobus Rossouw en sy span het baie opofferings gedoen.Khanya het vir ons kinders wat in plaasskole is nwereld oopgemaak waarby sommige van hulle nooit sal by uitkom nie.Tegnologie het vir onderwys en klas gee n nuwe betekenis gegee. Dit het ook ons nuwe hoop gegee vir die generasie leerders wat in n nuwe kurrikulum geleer word.Die Khanya projek is suksesvolle resep.Waarom dit wegvat as dit werk. Vir Politici gaan die net om geld of besparing.Vir ons in die onderwys gaandit om die blydskap op die kind se gesig as hy/sy iets kan regkry op die rekenaar wat hulle nie in die klas kan regkry nie.Die leerders wat blootgestel word aan die rekenaars en sagteware is slimmer as hule ouer broers ,susters en ouers saam.Hulle word beny deur ouer persone omdat hulle slimmer is.Me Vinjevold ,maar vir u gaan dit oor statistieke ,vir ons gaan dit om onderwys opgrondvlak.U sit in u Ivory Tower en maak besluite oor kinders en mense se toekoms.Miskien sal ons sien hoe vinnig ons Geletterdheid en Gesyferdheidvlakke daal tot op die laagste moontlike vlak denkbaar.Gehalte onderwys is wat ons graag wil he en Khanya dra baie by tot dit.Ek hoop dat my insae u sal laat dink,want ek twyfel of u na die kommentaar sal na kyk.

Harvester Primary
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

We have had a Khanya lab since 2005. When the lab was functioning, we used it optimally to ensure that curriculum integration was taking place. Now, 6 years later, the equipment is giving in, the server has crashed, and we are struggling to get together the finances to replace them. The question now is: Where do we get the money to do so once Khanya closes? Who is going to manage the installation and see to the maintenance and upkeep as well the training of the educators?

W. Coetzee - Deputy Principal (Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Our learners use the CAMI programme regularly. They experience tremendous amounts of enthusiasm and interest in the way the curriculum materials are presented. It also allows the teachers to integrate the programme material with their lesson planning.The programme (especially Maths) allows for very healthy competions amongsts the different groups in the computer lab.

CAMI Maths should continue to allow each learner in his/her strive to excellence.

Andre Marthinus Wagenhuiskrantz Primêr
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Waarom moet die Khanya projek tot ‘n einde kom?Die huidige personeel van Khanya doen baanbrekerwerk by skole en veral die klien skooljies op die platteland wat somtyds vergete gelaat word.Die diens wat Khanya tans lewer is van goeie gehaalte , kan WKOD personeel volhou met hierdie goeie diens?My antwoord is ‘n beliste NEE.Asseblief neem hiedie besluit in heroorweging.

Randall Larey, Schoonspruit Sekondêr, Malmesbury
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Ek staan versteend!!! Hoe op deeske aarde kan so ‘n onaanvaarbare besluit geneem word? Waarom moet leke se besluite soveel dankbare harte laat verwelk? Waarheen nou? Wat gaan ons vir hulle sê? Wie gaan nou vir wie bemagtig? Volhoubare e-leer? Soveel vrae, soveel kwaad, soveel seer, maar vir wie raak dit dan nou eintlik???Sekerlik nie vir dié wie reeds ‘n oorvloed daarvan had nie!! Dankie weereens Khanya!!! Ons toekoms is op jou gevestig!!!!!

(Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

CAMI is indispensable in contributing towards learners’progress in a simple yet effective way.It facilitates concept formation, lesson introduction and consolidation. Due to socio-economic reasons, it is the only interactive tool our learners have access to.Parents simply cannot afford PC’s and/or educational software.It adds variety, excitement and value to teaching and engages learners in a highly effective manner. Khanya must stay!

Rina Basson (Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Behou asseblief die Khanya program ! Dit is voorwaar ‘n ongelooflike program! Ons kinders geniet dit en terselfdertyd leer hulle geweldig. Dit sal n groot jammerte wees as ons die program sou verloor.

Franklin Arendse (Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Cami wiskunde is waarlik ‘n onvervangbare hulpmiddel in die aanbieding van die vak.Leerders geniet die uitdaging om kompers te gebruik om hul wiskundige probleme op te los.As dit werklik effektief in die leerprogram inkorporeer word, sal dit beslis ‘n invloed het op die verbetering van die wiskunde uitslae.

Herbie - LAN (Palm Park)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Sal dit baie waardeur indien die program kan voortgaan. Gebruik Khaya programme om beide goeie en swak presteerders se vordering te verbeter. Maak ook gereeld gebruik van hul dienste om probleme in komperklas uit te sorteer. Dienste is puik.

Felicia
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

This is to Techno above, it look like you are part of decision makers,can you please share with all of us what your plans are,it’s sad that you cannot see the need to sustain this project,1 Billion rand is that all you worried about?what about the children in disadvantage communities,surely you don’t know how it will affect them and you don’t care,you one of those who don’t appreciate anyone’s hard work.I’m sorry you must be from another planet.Allow the public views and see how they will welcome your decision.
Good luck with all your plans.

Look like broadband is the new solution for WCED follow the new post,cannot believe my eyes.What next?

Palm Park
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya sagteware het as ‘n groot hulp gedien vir opvoeders. Hulle het die geleentheid gehad om abstrakte konsepte op ‘n meer konkrete manier bekend te maak by leerders. Leerders se leesvlakke sowel as lees met begripvaardighede het verbeter. Opvoeders kon ook die programme gebruik vir intervensie doeleindes, aangesien leerders toegelaat was om op hul verskillende vlakke te werk. BEHOU DIE PROGRAM!

Rosemarie - William Lloyd Primary
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Since the involvement of KHANYA at our school, we as teachers feel empowered to assist those learners whom we would otherwise not have been able to help before. We are thankful for the hard- and software which KHANYA contributed towards financially. It is to be hoped that their expertise will not be lost to the schools when their present project draws to a close in 2012. It has been a dream for a while now that each school should have a post included in their staff establishment for ICT. Could it be that the WCED has a surprise in store for us? The strides that a school with a dedicated SNA can make are immeasurable! The technical aspects of a computer lab need to be addressed as well. Hopefully KHANYA will be allowed to continue being involved in our schools albeit to assist schools to maintain and upgrade their facilities. Not all schools have access to IEWBs as yet. We still have a long way to go!

Willemsvallei PS
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Ons is deel van die projek vir ‘n geruime tyd en het selfs deel geword van die Telkomprojek waarby ons baat gevind het, deurdat daar 3 elektroniese Interaktiewe Witborde vir onderrig ontvang is.Ons skool het werklik baat gevind en is jammer om te hoor die Projek eindig.

admin@stmichaelsps.wcape.school.za
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

RHONA – LAN – ST MICHAEL’S PRIMêR

Khanya is vir ons skool baie belangrik. Hulle maak ‘n groot verskil by ons skool. Ons is nou besig met ons Khanya rekenaarlokaal en weet dat ons vir Khanya nog baie gaan nodig kry. Ons sal nie sonder hulle hulp en ondersteuning kan klaarkom nie.

S Green (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya is van van onskatbare waarde vir ons leerders se geletterdheid en gesyferdheid. U Programme bied uitstekende aanvulling vir leerders met leerstoornisse. Die leerinhoud verryk ons leerders se algemene kennis.

DF Siebritz(Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya is ’n móét. Die programme bevat interessante leesstukke. Brei taal uit en verbeter spel en verbreed leerders se algemene kennis. Dit prikkel ’n liefde vir lees by leerders.
Dit kan nie verdwyn nie.

MJ Strauss(Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya-projek is die beste ding wat by die skool geimplimenteer was. Dit het ons leerders se Geletterdheid en Gesyferdheid baie gehelp. Self hul rekenaarvaardigheid het verbeter. Om hierdie projek weg te haal van die skool, gaan ’n groot impak op die leerders se werk plaas.

LA Lopez (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya is van onskatbare waarde vir ons skool. Ons kinders het verskriklik baie gebaat by die wonder van “Tegnologie”. Dit stel kinders in staat om vrylik alle aspekte van tegnologie te bemeester tot voordeel van ontwikkeling en verder kennis. Dit sal hoogs waardeer word as Khanya behoue sal bly tot voordeel van ons kinders, die leiers van die toekoms.

JG Abrahams (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Dus onmoontlik om sonder Khanya by ons skool klaar te kom.

GM Sauls (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya maak baie beslis ’n verskil by ons skool. Het tegnologiese voordele wat tot gevolg het dat die rekenaarlokaal meer effektief benut word. Leerders sien uit na die rekenaar periode.

E Cloete (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya is vir ons skool en leerders baie belangrik. Dit maak ’n groot verskil. Ons kan nie daarsonder nie.

Anoniem (Eden Prim)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya bereik leerders dwarsoor die geletterheids en gesyferdheidsspektrum. Iets wat opvoeders moeilik vind / nouliks kan regkry. Dankie.

Mr. J Salmoen
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

J Salmoen, Hoof (Protea Primêr)
Die volhoubaarheid van die projek lê juis daarin opgesluit dat opvoeders op ‘n gereelde basis met die Khanya-fasiliteerder in verbinding is,hetsy telefonies of deur persoonlike besoeke aan skool. Dit is dus sterk te betwyfel of die volhoubaarheid en die effektiwiteit van die projek gehandhaaf sal kan word sou Khanya onttrek. Danksy die fasiliteerder se insette is groot vordering gemaak om die kurrikulum met die tegnologie te integreer. Hierdie verwikkelinge vind neerslag in ons opvoeders en leerders se ingesteldheid om leer na ‘n hoër vlak te neem. Of die distrik met dieselfde nougesetheid die projek sal kan bestuur is ‘n ope vraag.

Teacher
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

So many comments in support of a great project! So many sad lamentations that it is coming to an end…
Its unfortunate that this open forum comes so late in term, when we are all busy with schedules and assessments and reports! Because I can assure that every single teacher in this province who have been involved in the Khanya Labs, and who have seen the expressions of excitement and joy on the faces of learners who could not wait to get into the labs to learn, would have come on board and blasted the powers that be for coming up with such a short-sighted solution! What are they thinking of?! I can only close my eyes in prayer…and hope that they come to their senses before it is too late…

Shocked
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

No! No! No! No! “Stamp my feet and throw a tantrum” NO!

What strategic plans are in place? Why haven’t we, as schools, been given an outline of these “strategic plans”? We need to know now how to handle this potential disaster. Please clarify!

GRIZELMARIE FORTUIN
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I am a teacher at Bissetsdrift Primary School. We appreciate what Khanya does for the schools.

We are really dependent on our computer lab, because many of our staff members do not have their own computers at home. They rely on the lab to do their formal and informal marks input as well as their reports.

John
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

We are very grateful to Khanya for providing us with a computer lab. If the role of Khanya is to be taken over by the W.C.E.D. directly it needs to be a very gradual process during which skills and personnel are gradually transferred. Only then may this change work.
If at all possible Khanya should remain as the current W.C.E.D. officials will just not have the time to carry out the support for schools which Khanya currently provides.Is this change really necessary? Can the original decision be revisited?

Charles
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

With regard to Techno’s comment. Expensive – yes! Experiment – no. Starting at the very low base existing in 2001 this was necessary. Labs in schools are the basis from which to take technology into the classroom – a very important foundation. The next phase is surely ICT in the classroom – interactive whiteboards, hand held devices etc. Such inovations would be impossible without the initial thrust of labs and, most importantly training of educators in ICT skills. There is currently a large body of educators skilled in ICT in the Western Cape, ready to move to the next level – ICT in the classroom, where it belongs. This is clearly where we should be heading!

Mr MJ. Mitchell (Easter Peak Primary)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya has open new world for our kids and especially for disadvantaged kids. Most of these learners do not have computers at home and coming to school and try to keep abreast with technology is an enourmous advantage. By closing Khanya project how our schools going to sustain the project seeing that we already struggle with school fees. These are poor, unemployed parents that not know how to put bread on the table for their children. The Khanya lab / Computer is a guiding light for these learners. At on least they can dream about what they see the internet although they might never ever afford to buy a computer for themselves. we were the fisrt school in the Manengberg area that received Khanya lab, and our community and learners were very excited and they looked after the lab with their life. I as principal feel sad and disappointed of the wows that the project will close on 2012.

Principal(Easter peak primary)

R Marais
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Wat beteken die Khanya rekenaarlokaal vir ons Leerders

Ons is ‘n landelike skool met ‘n leerdertal van 170 leerders. Ons ouers is meestal
plaasarbeiders wat ‘n arbeidersloon ontvang. Die rekenaarlokaal is vir die meeste leerders
die enigste manier om op ‘n rekenaar te werk. Die leerders is baie opgewonde om op die
rekenaars te werk. Dit sal vir ons leerders ‘n baie groot terugslag wees indien Khanya nie
meer opereer nie.

Die rekenaarsagteware het ook baie gehelp om ons geletterdheid en gesyferdheid te
verbeter. Die ondersteuning van die Khanya personeel is absoluut fantasties en hulle huiwer
nooit om ons as personeel t.o.v. die interaktiewe witborde te ondersteun nie. Die interaktiewe
witborde help ook ons as personeel baie met lesbeplanning en ons berei ook ons leerders
voor om in die globale wêreld hul plek vol te staan.

Ek hoop nie dat u die Khanya projek sal laat vaar nie.

Vriendelik groete.

R.C. Marais
PRINSIPAAL

Yali (Intlanganiso Sec.)
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

It is sad to hear that the term of the Khanya Project has come to an end. Our disadvantaged schools are benefitting a lot from the project, as a result more and more learners are getting better results and are persuing IT and Engineering careers.
It is without any doubt that our schools cannot survive the world IT pressure on their own and therefore will always need support from the government.

Now that the Khanya project term has come to an end, all what our schools want to hear is what will replace the Khanya Project in ensuring that
e-learning continues at schools as required by our government.

Please government, stop talking about ending such a fruitful project but talk about what will replace it.

b ware
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Techno you have the right to be wrong. Your comment on “careful consideration should be given to the type of technology used in schools in future projects, as well as the appropriate way to utilize it to the best advantage”. I don’t think you are totally updated on the awards winning Khanya Project success story, sounds typical technical programmed thoughts, not at all versatile.

Yes! tell us your plan of action to improve Curriculum delivery with continuous support, bet it will be remote controlled. “Please click here for assistance” and an unnatural voice start talking non stop, almost like phoning Telkom or Helpdesk for assistance, so frustrating.

ALSO tell us how will the 1 billion Rand been utilized afterwards, if WCape society is not a good investment anymore, more Soccer stadiums?

Tim Wyngaard
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Tim Wyngaard – Ouplaas EK

Ons kan maar net baie dankie sê vir wat Khanya in hierdie tydperk bereik het om ons kinders en opvoeders tegnologies te bemagtig. Ons betreur egter die kreeftegang waar skole nou op hul eie sal moet regkom sonder finansiele hulp en IT ondersteuning.

E.M.Strauss
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Khanya het wêrelde in skole oopgemaak. Dit is ondenkbaar om te dink dat skole op hul eie moet aangaan. Sekere skole was bevoorreg om vir 10 jaar hulp en ondersteuning van Khanya te ontvang. Ander landelike skole het slegs die voorreg vir ‘n jaar of twee gehad. Die landelike skole is in die wonderlike posisie geplaas dat hulle met hul eweknie kan kompeteer. So ‘n projek behoort ten alle koste dwarsdeur die land geïmplementeer te word om sodoende die onderwysstelsel in S.A. te verbeter. Tegnologie het gekom om te bly en wie het dit beter gedoen as Khanya? Khanya se programme het die leerders sowel as die Opvoeders bereik en verryk. Indien daar enige kans is, behou asseblief Khanya! Die Onderwysdepartement het heeltemal te veel probleme wat eers opgelos moet word voordat hul ‘n ekstra projek kan byvoeg. Ons wil en ons moet die standaarde verhoog!! Baie dankie Khanya vir julle aandeel tot dusver.
E.M. Strauss, Laerskool Ouplaas

Dr Ronnie Lowenstein
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I am writing as a long time Pioneer of Technology, Advisor to US Congressional Leaders, to NASA, founder and Executive Director of the Global NetGeneration of Youth and current Project Director of a Global Connections and Exchange Africa initiative, sponsored by the US Department of State. Since 2009 I have had the pleasure of working with the Khanya Project to establish global partnerships linking schools in the US with schools in South Africa, Uganda and Zambia {see website for adult Global Community of Practice at https://sites.google.com/site/ngygceafrica/ and the Ning site for NetGeneration of Youth at http://ngygce.ning.com/}.

I was pleased in 2010 to nominate Khanya for a Congressional Award presented by the Honorable Diane E. Watson (Ambassador and former Congresswoman from Los Angeles, CA) that recognized the Khanya project for (1) Applying a systems approach to Private Public Partnerships: (2) Harnessing state of the art technology as tools of transformation in schools in the Western Cape: (3) Empowering Teachers as Designers of 21st Century Learning, and (4) Preparing the NetGeneration of Youth as Global Citizens, STEM Ambassadors and Media Literate Leaders in a Digital Age.

So it was with great dismay that I read the interview Kobus conducted with the Head of Department of the Western Cape Education Department, Ms Penny Vinjevold.

The interview presented a very limited view of Khanya and its accomplishments that extend beyond the original mandate of introducing e learning facilities. Furthermore, the interview failed to identify with specificity any future WCED strategies that can leverage the foundations established or the lessons learned to optimize e learning throughout South Africa.

I and many of my colleagues in the US applaud the WCED and Khanya for their ten year visionary effort that introduced ICT as a catalytic force for empowering change. We concur with WCED that it is now time to move to the next level to build capacity for sustaining the successful innovations in schools throughout the country. We recognize the importance of cultivating public private partnerships to provide human, material and financial resources necessary to sustain and extend benefits of the e-learning innovations Please note that I personall am so committed to collaborating in support of your strategic planning that I gladly offer my services and expertise to ensure the legacy of Khanya thrives.

D. Fortuin - Petunia
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

Glad nie ‘n goeie besluit nie.Is die implikasies van die besluit om die Khanya -projek werklik goed deurdink en beredeneer?

Dankie aan Khanya vir wat julle vir ons skool beteken!
Julle het werlik ‘n klomp onderwysers en leerders bemagtig en die nodige selfvertroue gegee om op ‘n rekenaar te werk.
Ek sien swarigheid vorentoe vir ons skool sonder die bystand van Khanya.

Peter
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

A project has a beginning and an end. Yes, don’t loose hope that there may be a second phase of Khanya.
We as Khanya staff are in the process of skills transfer. Making sure that when this project reached its final day, it is placed in the capable hands of those who will understand its dynamics and purpose.
How did you find it? Was their stumbling blocks? Rescheduling of training for District staff? How did they find it? To have another deliverable placed on their plate.
What will become of our schools if they don’t have the capacity to deliver on the needs of our schools? Ultimately, what will become of our learners, with in a short period of time, no access to technology to enhance curriculum.
Like Albie, I will remain on the ship and be hopeful.

Edeon Wyngaard
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

The Khanya project undoubtedly adds value to education at many schools and our school is no exception. With Bonnie, Mark and Faieza as constant support, we maintained continuity in the application of technology in our school in spite of various staff changes (including 3 Math HOD’s in 5 years). The value of the hardware supplied by the Khanya project can never be overstated, but for me the training and provision of a framework in which to operate was of even greater value. As a team they know the history and current position in terms of ICT of each of their schools well and can be an integral part of planning for the future. I cannot imagine another wing of the WCED taking less than two years just to gain insight into the history and ethos of each of the schools if given the tasks of Khanya. It takes a relationship of trust to get an already overburdened teacher to spend extra time and make an extra effort to learn new things. With their commitment the current team has gained that trust in many schools and is best suited to ensure sustainability of the initiatives launched in schools. I think the money, time and effort that will go wasted while a new team experience teething problems will be wiser spent on sharpening the well established teeth of the current Khanya team.
Edeon Wyngaard
Malibu High School

Elsa Scrooby
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Ons is ‘n Grondslagfaseskool en ons leerders kom uit ‘n baie swak sosio-ekonomiese agtergrond. Hulle blootstelling aan moderne tegnologie is uiters beperk. Die skool is die enigste plek waar hulle met rekenaars te doen kry Aangesien hulle geen stimulering tuis kry nie, maak Khanya ‘n nuwe wêreld vir hulle oop. Nie net word hulle geleer om werk op die rekenaar te doen nie, maar ontwikkel ook vaardighede soos bv. fyn-motories, ens. Speel-speel word hulle werk op ‘n genotvolle wyse vasgelê. Die leerders beleef dit baie positief en met entoesiasme.

Die opvoeders gebruik die Khanya-lokaal oor die algemeen vir vaslegging. Die sagteware is effektief en steun leeronderrig. Die aktiwiteite toon progressie en maak voorsiening vir die verskillende vlakke van die leerders. Khanya is beslis vir ons opvoeders van groot hulp en steun kurrikulumlewering. Sonder dit sou ons leerders nooit blootstelling aan rekenaar-tegnologie gehad het nie.

Khanya maak dit vir ons moontlik om die rekenaar as hulpmiddel in te span en die leerders rekenaarvaardig te maak. Hulle verskaf deurlopende opleiding en ondersteuning aan die opvoerders. Hulle dra by tot die werking van ons rekenaarlokaal waar moontlik. Ons is baie bevoorreg om deel van hierdie projek te wees.

E. Scrooby
Laerskool Daniël le Roux
Posbus 58
Vyeboom
7171

G. A. Swartz (Principal at W. D. Hendricks Primary School CENTRAL)
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Ms. Penny – we need KHANYA – not “its legacy”, to bring your vision to fruition. As a Principal at a small school in an poverished area,I forsee problems. Where in the past, I could pick up the phone and ask for assistance, get it within days and not spent a cent. My learners, despite their backgrounds, are thriving with the new Technology (IWBs) and I can only imagine, if I cant pay for repairs, my learners will never “… benefit from the wonderful learning opportunities that e-learning offers.”
So please, Minister Grant, its not so much the success of your roll out program, but what Khanya do after implementation.
“HANDS OFF KHANYA”

Raj Rajkumar Starling Pr
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Thank you to Mr Kobus van Wyk & the Khanya team esp Chaz, Ntsiki & Jo Anne for their excellent support & assistance over the last 2 years.Hope you will be absorbed by the WCED so that there can be continuity with the superb service that you always deliver.

Wishing you all the best in your future endevours!

Thank you from all of us at Starling Pr for making our lives an extra ordinary one by “giving us an APPLE a day” & for the rest of our lives!
Much Appreciated!

ALLAN DREYDEN
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya het ‘n wonderwêreld van die rekenaarwese in ons skool geskep. ‘n Lokaal van die hoogste gehalte is gevestig en verskeie sagteware pakette en ondersteuning in verskeie vorme is aan die skool gebied. Genoemde dienslewering was sedert die toetreding van Khannya op ‘n deurlopende basis aangebied en nie in die vorm van ‘n projek nie. Dus is ek van mening dat Khanya as fasiliteerder nog veel te bied het aan skole. Dis ‘n onuitputlike bron wat ek glo, nie sonder die kundige hulp en ondersteuning van Khanya moontlik sou wees nie. Steeds fasiliteer Khanys voortgestte projekte soos die huidige pasaangekondigde leesprojek vir Xhoasa sprekende leerders en Engels as Eerste Addisionele Huistaal. Soortgelyke ander projekte wat aan die skool gebied is, is Reading Rocket, Cami en so meer. Sou Khanya se projek stop, sal skole beslis aan die kortste end trek. Ons vertrou dus dat die WKOD die beste besluit in die belange van ons leerders en skole sal doen. Ons opregte dank en waardering aan Khanya!!
Allan Dreyden Panorama Primêr te Vredenburg op 31 Maart 2011

Eluxolweni Primary-Khayelitsha
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya has made a significant difference to the lives of learners at our primary schools. Learners have now first hand knowledge of how to use computers. This project has benefited both educators and learners. It has improved the learner’s understanding of numeracy and literacy. It’s a more effective teaching tool.

We are coping because of the continuos support we get from the Khanya team especially with curriculum integration.

Bradly Lawrence
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya has done amazing work in bringing e-learning to even some of the most remote schools in the province. There is little doubt that the project has added immense value to children’s education. I sincerely hope that the vision expressed above will be realised.

In the end, however, it is up to the individual educator. There is only so much the department can do. They can supply the tools but it’s up to the schools to use them.

E-Learning is a reality, we need to get with it.

iKwezi lesizwe Primary-Khayelitsha
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Wow! What an interview! First, let me take this opportunity to thank and appreciate the fantastic contribution made by the Khanya Project to the establishment of our ICT Lab in 2004. This development did not only empower us teachers with excellent computer skills but has also opened a lot of lucrative opportunities of networking and friendship with people around the world. The humbleness and professionalism demonstrated by Khanya facilitators.The committed response displayed by our learners is reflected in the enthusiasm during the ICT lab visits.

Coming to the interview I cannot agree more with what the SG’ sentiments in terms of the value the Khanya Project has added to our school teaching and learning has become more interesting to both teachers and learners. I am also more than happy with their idea making e-learning a permanent feature of the curriculum’s mainstream activities. Because of that is true benefits to both learning and teaching are imaginative. Meaning schools in the WCED are faced with a brighter future!

I hope the elearning will be the next phase to ensure continuity.

Cecil
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya, together with its partner, Centre for e-Innovation has been a great source of light to many communities with regards to computer literacy etc. It is however not all doom and gloom as the tecnical support from Ce-I will still conitue to all schools.

anon
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Support is given “at some schools where the challenge is minimal”… but not the following support (a)… (b)… (c)… (d)… (e)… (f)… (g)… (h)… (i)…

Kliprivier VGK Primêr (Skoolhoof)
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Ons was bevoorreg om die afgelope twee jaar deel te wees van die Khanya-projek. Nie net het Khanya finanasieel geweldig baie in ons plaasskooltjie belê nie, maar ons leerders (sommige uit baie swak
sosio-ekonomiese omstandighede) en opvoeders het vir die eerste keer gevoel dat ons deel is van die tegnologiese wêreld daar buite.
Khanya-personeel het met baie geduld (en humor) die twee “plaasjuffrouens” rekenaargeletterd gemaak en vandag is die Khanya-lokaal onlosmaakbaar deel van ons onderrig en LITNUM Strategie. Die uitslae van die Graad 3′s se Sistemiese Evaluering
(100% vir Gesyferdheid en Geletterdheid) is ‘n bewys van die welslae van Khanya se suksesvolle bydrae tot ons skool.
Waarom word alles wat werk, verander of weggeneem? Behou asb. die Khanya-projek se kundigheid, passie vir tegnologie en hul gefokusde ondersteuning, want dit is een van die min projekte in die onderwys wat WERK!

Kenneth
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Los Khanya vir die eksperts. WKOD amptenare sukkel reeds om te cope met hul huidige werkslading. Dink aan ons kinders op die platteland, hulle is weer diegene wat aan die agterste speen sal suig. Ondersteuning vanaf WKOD sal solank neem. Beskik WKOd oor die nodige kundigheid en mannekrag om die projek suksesvol te bestuur as hulle die rollle van Khanya gaan oorneem. Heroorweeg ASB u besluit en leef U motto van Kwaliteit onderwys vir almal uit.

Nuwefontein
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya vorm ‘n intergrale deel van ons skool en kurrikulum . Sedert 2009 kan ons ons leerders bloot stel aan die wêreld van tegnologie.
Dit help met die ontwikkeling van leerders in sy totaliteit.Khanya het regtig ‘n verskil gemaak in Geletterdheid en Gesyferdheid. Vir ‘n klein plattelandse skool sal ons regtig nie daarsonder kan klaar kom nie. Ons sal voorstel dat Khanya ons nog verder ondersteun , Tegnies sowel as Finansieel.
Ons as skool beskik ook nie oor die Tegniese kennis nie.

Tim Cruise
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

The best way to take ANY project into the mainstream of any organization (business, government or otherwise) is to convert the project into a division/department/unit, and make the project team the management team. That way, you get continuity and a degree of seamlessness in both delivery and implementation; in addition, the project team are typically the greatest ‘champions’ of the project anyway – a degree of enthusiasm that is essential to ensure the successful integration of the new unit into the mainstream.
Of course there is the alternative route; close the project down and try to absorb it into the mainstream using existing resources and infrastructure…
Having experienced both routes (and from both a practical and logical standpoint),the first route is, I would go so far as to say, the ONLY way to make it work; however, given the general human penchant for re-inventing the wheel, ignoring the lessons of history, abandoning success and reinforcing failure, political grandstanding etc. etc. etc., who knows what our venerable leaders will do?

Charmaine Friel ADESSA
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

The Khanya project has been such a success that one almost took for granted that the project would become another one come 2012. e-Learning is not something that you can simply hand over to WCED officials. Many of them know less about e-learning than the teachers do! This negates the expertise of the Khanya facilitators and co-ordinators. It is very predictable what will happen when the specialist skills of the Khanya team are no longer present, and the leadership of the project no longer there. What is the future of the hard working Khanya staff?
Schools in poor areas are going to be hard pressed to sustain the IT infrastructure at their schools and will also be easy pickings for unscrupulous “service providers”. Some schools are more “IT mature” than others and will find it easier to sustain IT at their schools, but there are also many schools that are just not ready to “go it alone”. All of this will have a negative impact on e-learning in our province.

Anonymous
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Working within the educational sector as a service provider allows me to quantify that the WCED personnel will NOT be able to successfuly incept these additional roles and responsiblities into their job roles for many reasons:

*There is a lack of understanding of how ICT can assist in learning and teaching internventions

*There is a lack of understanding on the concepts of e-learning as well as the product lifecycle of not just the software, but all hardware related requirements to ensure successful delivery. At this point, I must add that the current personnel landscape that I have dealt with within the department are not 100% up to speed on the understanding of technology on a whole.

*Lack of empathy and avaiability of resources to meet with / engage clients. Trying to make an appointment with the department is like trying to pull blood from a stone. This leaves me wondering how on earth they are going to address every day support issues that will most definitely be reported from the Khanya schools. Right now, one cannot fault the wonderful and personal service that Kobus and the rest of the team give. They are always available to assist and they CARE! I doubt that this personal model can be replicated within WCED – how sad for the schools, for the learners, for our (diminishing numbers) teachers . . . .

However, all is not doom and gloom as our region is governed by the best of the best and I am hoping that behind the scenes is a detailed change management plan that will allow for the seamless integration of the Khanya project (AND TEAM) into the Department that will have only 1 thing at the fore of their minds: No disruptions in any child’s learning! That is after everything, the most important goal and one that this region needs to stay true too!

onderwyser van Bella Vista
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Tipies WKOD – ONDEURDAGTE BESLUITE!
Vakadviseurs kan skaars die skole behoorlik diens aangesien TYD met AANTAL SKOLE nie die vergelyking kan oplos nie. Baie vakadviseurs het nie kennis en die vermoë om skole verder met tegnologie te ondersteun nie. Sukkelende skole sal verder benadeel word – het nie die geld om labs te onderhou nie.
Uidaging – Me Penny kom kyk by ons plattelandse skole hoedat hierdie wonderlike hulpmiddel ons leerders
gretig maak vir ‘n volgende les!
Vraag: waarom moes ons op 6 Januarie 2011 vir opleiding gaan in E-learning wat deur die WKOD geborg was? Bewys net weereens die ONDEURDAGTE BESLUITE.
FEIT: skole sal maar terug beweeg na ‘n era waar ons glad nie met ander “counterparts” sal kan meeding nie.
Wat is die WKOD se plan nou weer vir Gesyferdheid en Geletterdheid – om oor 5jaar te sê: “dit was ‘n groot fout om Khanya te sluit?”

Kobus
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Tegnologies is ons skool op die regte pad. Khanya se bydrae(hardeware en sagteware) was enorm en het grootliks bygedra dat ons skool uitstekend presteer het in die provinsiale Gr. 3- en 6-assessering in 2010 waarvoor ons skool dan ook ‘n toekenning gekry het.
Ek dink om Khanya te ontbind is ‘n groot fout en sal beslis ‘n leemte laat wat die WKOD nie sal kan vul nie.
Kobus le Roux
Laerskool Bredasdorp

Techno
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Anonymous writes: “This leaves me wondering how on earth they are going to address every day support issues that will most definitely be reported from the Khanya schools.”

Formal technical support was never the responsibility of the Khanya team. Their brief is to assist with curriculum delivery via the application of technology.

The Centre for e-Innovation (Department of the Premier) will still be responsible for the maintenance of Khanya hardware as well as all other WCED equipment issued to schools. As always help will be a phonecall away.

Zo
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Dear Techo

How about this, listen to this voice prompt.You are number 1350 on the line ,your call will be answered in 2hrs 40 min,our technicians are currently busy……play music, and come back up again.You are number 1100 on the line.Frustrations,frustrations,educators time is wasted,I feel sorry for the poor schools,but bring it on,you can be a laughing stock.Khanya will be best remembered.

Kobus van Wyk
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Dear friends, I really appreciate all your comments. I understand that some people do not want to identify themselves when commenting. However, an anonymous conversation may deteriorate into something which I do not want to entertain on my blog. I will not remove any anonymous comments made so far, but will henceforth remove those comments where the author is not identified.

Jakes
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

It seems that there is a lot of confusion with regards to the support of ICT equipment in Khanya labs, as per the following comments made by respondents:
“The Khanya facilitators and technicians have been an invaluable asset in upgrading and maintaining our computer labs. Whenever we had a problem, we could count on effective service within hours.”
“Who will be available at schools on the day that the fault is reported? We have no funds or financial support to employ additional staff to assist us in technical support”
“The support given by the technical staff of Khanya, has without a doubt been commendable”
“The Khanya facilitators and technicians have been an invaluable asset in upgrading and maintaining our computer labs. Whenever we had a problem, we could count on effective service within hours.”
“As a Principal at a small school in an poverished area, I forsee problems. Where in the past, I could pick up the phone and ask for assistance, get it within days and not spent a cent.”
“School that are cash strapped will not be able to service their computer rooms, that is such a valuable asset for the school”
“How are we going to cope without the assistance of ICT experts?”

I am of the opinion that there is no reason for these concerns. This was and is and will, I am sure, in future still be done by the Centre for e-Innovation (Ce-I, Department of the Premier). Schools will therefore in future still be able to pick up the phone, ask for assistance, get it within days (or within hours) and not spend a cent. Even third party support companies are currently managed by Ce-I, as will be the case in future.
Khanya has never had technical staff that supported the schools… and maintaining computer labs has never been the work of Khanya facilitators. Khanya facilitators are there to facilitate the integration of ICT’s into the curriculum
I find it extremely worrying though, that the schools are so dependent on Khanya facilitators that they seem to think that the labs will become white elephants when Khanya gets institutionalised. Shouldn’t the school staff have been trained to be able to take over the facilitators’ function?
In my opinion, the main concern will be the refreshment of old equipment. I am sure though that the WCED will make provision for the replacement of old equipment. Support thereof will surely also be taken into consideration by WCED.

Bruce Titus
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

What is in a name? In some names not much. In the case of Khanya – It gives the light. Congratulations to the person or people that named this project Khanya. This name has stood the test of time. Khanya has not only given us the light, but also the direction and the spark our children need.
To the staff of Khanya, thank you. May the positivity of the comments give you the assurance and the strength during this time of uncertainty with us and the learners.

Ferdie
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Working in schools has given me the opportunity to interact with the teachers. What became apparent is that most teachers and schools needs continued support to ensure effective use of the technology. In some schools the end of Khanya support will result in the computer lab becoming admin room for teachers. Curriculum and technology integration will slow down and eventually come to an end. Sadly the learners will be the losing party.

Sylvia
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Is dit waar dat KHANYA Projek gaan stop !!!!!!!!!!!! Wat “n skokkende en dwase besluit. Ek is `n Multigraad hoof , die Projek het vir ons leerders werelde oopgemaak wat hul andersins nooit op so `n vroeer ouderdom kon ervaar met hierdie “UITSTEKENDE PROJEK” nie. Die Fasiliteerders is ook van hoe gehalte en dienslewering was uitstaande. My skool se sistemiese toetse het 2010 Met 50% in geletterdheid verbeter en Gesyferdheid het met 15 % verbeter. Multigraad opvoeders wat reeds oorlaai is met admin. ,gaan nou nog swaarder kry. Ons trek alweer aan die agter speen en dan moet ons dieselfde standaard as monoskole behaal. “WAT` ` N TELEURSTELLING!!!

Jerome
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Techno writes: “The Centre for e-Innovation (Department of the Premier) will still be responsible for the maintenance of Khanya hardware as well as all other WCED equipment issued to schools. As always help will be a phonecall away.”
Ha Ha, what a joke. You are definitely not at a school, especially not in the Overberg. We report problems and have to wait up to a year for them to collect a faulty workstation or printer. They currently have only two technicians to attend to all the problems in Overberg (83 schools) and in Metropole East (145 schools).
Op ‘n ander noot, Khanya het die skole gehelp om die rekenaars te bekom. Wat gaan oor vyf jaar gebeur wanneer die huidige tegnologie verouderd is, soos die geval by baie skole reeds is. Wie gaan dan die skole help, die WKOD? Met al die vorms en kanale wat gevolg sal moet word, sal die skole hoop op gee en alles tot ‘n stilstand kom. Wat gaan dan van e-leer word???
As besparingsmiddel is onderwysers op vervroegde packet in 1993, en weer later. Die klasse het groter geword en nou wil almal weet waarom sukkel ons kinders om te lees en wiskunde te doen. Die groter klasse was ‘n baie groot fout, net soos Khanya se einde ook gaan wees. Die probleem is net dat niemand nou en oor vyf jaar bereid sal wees om dit te erken nie.
Viva Khanya, Viva!!!
Baie dankie vir al jul harde werk, leiding en ONDERVINDING.

Johan
Friday, 1 April, 2011

@Jerome “We report problems and have to wait up to a year for them to collect a faulty workstation or printer.”
Collection of faulty equipment is done by the suppliers of the under warranty equipment and not by CeI. CeI does not collect equipment from schools. I do not think that this is a forum to try and discredit a unit if you do not have all the facts. Please take this issue off line by contacting the relevant CeI Services Manager.

Max
Friday, 1 April, 2011

According to Penny, Khanya has been very succesful in providing access to computers and other eletronic facilities to teachers and leaners in the Western Cape.
There’s a strong belief that the WCED now must ensure the work that is currently done by Khanya should become embedded in the work of the WCED so as to make it its core function.

khanya is a very huge and inclusive project with a variety of facets.
If planning indeed began 2009 for a “succesful hand over” – Where does WCED stand in so far as finalising the planning.
In Penny’s analysis, there’s a general indulgence on ambivalence and significant application of words such as : “Risks” and “Strategice people”.
This raises eyebrows and definitely calls for a more clarity in so far as this “planning” is concern.

Perhaps the best option, at this stage, is to come up with a contigency plan.
Simply cutting off the life of the Khanya Project could and will have devastsating consequences upon the future of the South African (disadvantaged) learners.

neil-owen de waal-balzer
Friday, 1 April, 2011

I agree that e-learning is very important and long overdue!!! Who in his/her right mind thinks that such a “heavy”task can just with a flick of a pen be added to the job discrption of District fficials. Do you really think that I will be able to assist a teacher in his/her class? I happen to be a psychologist with 40 schools to serve. I hardly have time to Psychometrically assess and provide learners with Psychotherapy as it is… where will I find the time to assist teachers? If I should prioritise… what do YOU think I will choose to do? Surely Psychological Intervention! Food for thought… Neil-Owen

ELIZABETH
Friday, 1 April, 2011

i think this is ludicrous! To expect District Officials to take over a mommoth task such as this. Khanya has done excellent work in our schools. They are trained personnel who are on the road all day servicing schools. How are we going to be trained?? A hit and run process? Are we being progressive when we make changes which will impact on our children directly? I hope this is going to be thought through some more… for the sake of excellent service delivery so that our children will receive the best always.

DISAPPOINTED
Friday, 1 April, 2011

As an educator of learners with special needs, it scares me to think that the WCED will make the facilitation of e-learning part of the core function of it’s staff!

What Khanya provided for our learners is a visual learning modality in which they can suceed, just as their counterparts in mainstream. It has increased the successes of our learners from the youngest to the oldest! For the first time these learners did not feel like failures as the mainstream education system has drilled into them.Khanya has provided a vehicle for our learners to explore, research and engage in everyday activities which otherwise was not accessible to them.

HATS OFF TO KHANYA’S STAFF AND FACILITATORS WHO MADE THIS POSSIBLE!
Thank you from a very grateful educator.

To the WCED, how in the world are you going to continue the good work Khanya has provided? Your district staff are overworked, engaged in projects they do not have the capacity for and still you consider loading them with this!? Typical WCED, only looking at the fiscal side of things and not at QUALITY delivery for EVERY learner!

How long will it take to build capacity within your ranks to be able to do the facilitation of e learning? How much money will it cost? How much time will be wasted, instead of retaining khanya facilitators?

My advice to you, WCED, is to concentrate on quality education for all and not to quibble with things that are running smoothly!

P.Jackson
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Khanya was een van die mees geslaagde projekte in ons skool. Ons is ‘n klein skooltjie met net 46 leerders, maar dit beteken nie dat ons as opvoeders en leerders minder werk het om te doen nie. Die gebruik van die interaktiewe witbord het ons werkslading sowel verminder, want leerders kan nou op hul eie werk. Die bord kan soms jou as opvoeder vervang, en dit gee jou as opvoeder meer tyd om met ander leerders te werk wat jou aandag nodig het. Ons kan nou ook die wereld na die klaskamer bring deur net ‘n knoppie te druk. Dankie Khanya. Ons is jul ewig dankbaar.

Suzette
Friday, 1 April, 2011

The support that we have received from Craig from the Khanya project was very professional and the thought of such a fantastic project closing down is shocking. The fantastic computer lab for our learners with special needs does need ongoing support!Please reconsider the ongoing service fron Khanya!

Not again!
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Not again! Why?… because they did their job too well? Khanya trainers and facilitators are doing wonderful work in our schools, with the pupils and teachers alike. They have the capacity to sustain on-going technical support, always on call to help iron out glitches and offer quality advice. Why take away an essential service such as this? They do their job so well! Reward? ….save money and give their work to other staff who won’t need to be paid for it. In my opinion this is false economy. Not a good idea!

John P
Friday, 1 April, 2011

The birth of Khanya was the best thing that could happen for all schools in South Africa and the furture of SA. To think that such a dynamic, effective and important service can be terminated is shocking and irresponsible. One sometimes wonder if people in management is taking education seriously. There will always be a need for such a service.

Fletcher Fisher
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Shocking news.I can not believe that a service that is of vital importance for learners as well as educators are phased out.Khanya is doing a exellent job.In my opinion this is not a good idea at all.

MarkC
Friday, 1 April, 2011

@Johan. I don’t think Jerome had any malice intended with his comment, but CEI does take very long to get to schools because they are understaffed and some problems are not easy to solve. On the facilitators’ side we tried to assist where we could, contacting helpdesk or the relevant techie to resolve technical problems. If that was not done labs would stand still for long periods. Also, since CEI does not always install educational software, we do it so the school does not have to suffer too long. It is called “standing in the gap”, a job we have been doing for a long time. Besides that we helped with warranty checks, internet installations and disaster incidents such as burglaries and storm damage.
So the question is:”When the people of the Khanya project are no longer there, who stands in the gap?”

Johan
Friday, 1 April, 2011

@MarkC “CEI does take very long to get to schools” Gross generalisation. Please take this issue off line by contacting the relevant CeI Services Manager. You will be provided by Helpdesk reports to establish time frames between calls logged date and calls closed date.

Hylton Langley
Saturday, 2 April, 2011

“Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal; it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.”

Ons skole met agterstaande het danksy Khanya aan rekanaar lokale gekom. Oor ‘n paar jaar moet ons weer gaan kyk na nuwe stelsels.Wie gaan ons nou help ? Ek hoop nie baie van ons lokale gaan tot niet noudat Khanya nie meer daar is nie.

Dont stop fighting

Dankie Bertus – jy mag maar gereeld na ons kom.

MarkC
Saturday, 2 April, 2011

When one has a passion for e-learning, what is expected officially or unofficially does not matter. You did what was right. I stand by my statements. To the powers that be….I hope you make the right decision and not a regrettable one.

Marina Klink
Saturday, 2 April, 2011

Ai ek weet nie wat gaan gebeur as Khanya se dienste beindig word.Daar is niks in die verlede as bewys dat departement die projek geslaagd sal kan loods nie.Die arme Kurrikulum adviseurs is al klaar oorwerk,wanneer moet hulle kans kry om die uitmuntende diens waaraan ons so gewoond is by Khanya, doen? Is dit dalk nog ‘n manier om geld te bespaar ten koste van ons minderbevoorregte kinders?

M de Klerk
Saturday, 2 April, 2011

Hoekom is dit altyd so dat as iets goed , liewers uitstekend werk, word dit weggeneem? Hoeveel veranderings moet dan nou nog plaasvind?
Sal ek ooit die gevoel vergeet van opgewondenheid en ‘n bietjie banggevoel vir die onbekende toe ons verneem dat ons 2 man skooltjie ook deel gaan word by die projek. Die afwagting…..die installering van die elektroniese borde, opleiding( waar ons wonderlike persone met baie geduld ontmoet het)… die leerders se gesigte toe hul die eerste keer op die bord en rekenaars gewerk het!!!! Gaan dit nou weggeneem word van die fantasitiese ontwikkeling in lees en Wiskunde?
Die wêreld het oopgegaan vir ons leerders wie se omgewing so klein is.
Asseblief heroorweeg, slaap daaroor , dink weer !!!! Moenie die projek stop nie!

Alfonso Pereira
Sunday, 3 April, 2011

It would help alot if we could know what the plan is: i.e. How will WCED make e-learning part of our mainstream activities. If it involves CA’s, then I think a major rethink is needed.

A little insight into the numerous meetings that I have had to endure: A 13 point agenda (very impressive) but five minutes later, we are into how You will be charged if you are not teaching what is in the curriculum and how nameless trs were charged. Then we get told that we are to use his dept. marksheets only and another scare story.

Maths Lit is a new subject with schools often using trs that have not previously taught maths, so help with the scope of the curriculum and developing CASS material are NB. The closest we got to that was when we all handed in our CASS work and he was suppose to collate it electronically and comment on them – he had a person typing it up – especially employed – a year later we were given photocopies and told the computer had crashed.

What is frustrating is that we have a maths lit forum online where trs share experiences and resources but we are not told about it – he is unaware of it’s existence. Go online and see how many CA’s keep their subject page up to date. Who of them are using computers to interact with trs? they don’t answer their e-mails.

So please can we see the plan and use dedicated and motivated staff who take their role seriously and provide a professional service without excuses just like we are experiencing now interacting with Khanya staff.

Quentin Johnson
Sunday, 3 April, 2011

Retaining the expertise of Khanya is important. A successful project such as Khanya should be integrated in the core functions of the WCED. However ICT should remain separate from the districts. In my opinion ICT should be based at Head Office. All the staff should as far as possible be retained and transfered to the e-learning section of the department.

Without this project most poor school would still be without computer laboratories and internet/e-mail.

Thank you Khanya for a job well done. Special thanks to Clinton Walker and Jeff Joseph who assisted Blackheath Primary School with the establishment of our lab.

I sincerely hope that the policymakers will come up with a workable solution to the problem. It has been my experience that any expertise lost will be forever. Please think out of the box and built on the strengths of Khanya.

Q.Johnson
Principal
Blackheath Primary

craig
Monday, 4 April, 2011

I noted with curiousity the phrases used in the interview to indicate how the WCED plans to absord the role currently fulfilled by the Khanya Project: “… part of the core function …” and “…part of the mainstream activities …”

While I have not seen much of this in the period that I have been working alongside WCED officials, it is good to note that someone (outside Khanya) feels that this is a desirable outcome. But, why has there been so little initiative on the part of the WCED officials who are responsible for curriculum, in this regard?

I like to think of them as professionals. So, is it perhaps because they are so over-whelmed by administrative functions? If this is one of the reasons, how will the absorption occur. When a sponge is saturated with water, we all know that it can not absorb more. So, does the ‘absoprtion’ plan include lifting some of their responsibilities so that they can give quality time to the process of integrating Ict in the delivery of the curriculum, or does it involve adding to their burden. Of course, it would be crazy to imagine that more personnel would be added to assist, … so I won’t even mention this as an option.

If the plan is to add to the current work load of WCED Oficials, then there are dark days ahead for the approximately 1 billion Rand that has been invested in providing Ict to previously disadvantaged Schools in the Cape province.

Surely, at this point we need the skills resident in the Khnaya staff (experienced past teachers themselves)to give focus to ict-integration in the delivery of the curriculum. In this way they could work alongside the Curriculum Advisors in addressing the many problems identified in the learning experience of learners.

Edgar
Monday, 4 April, 2011

Somehow the thought of the Khanya Project being incorporated into the mainstream WCED ignites in me feelings similar to those I experienced at the time when, on a political level, the “Scorpions” were abolished and replaced by the “Hawks”. By this, however, I am in no way implying that the imminent demise of this high-tech project is in any way politically motivated. My concern is just that a few months down the line we might regret the move and wish we had done it differently.

Technology is advancing extremely rapidly and there is a definite need for a specialist unit, such as Khanya, to render continuous support. Our educational institutions should remain abreast of technological developments on a global scale, or else our current state-of-the-art set-ups will turn into “Jurassic Parks” with the mere blink of an eye. I have no reason to think that Penny Vinjevold did not do her “homework” on this, however, some doubt still remains.

Does the folk at WCED have the necessary expertise to run such an outfit? Do they have the time to train, retrain and be trained constantly? Will they be able to stay up to date with the fast pace of technology? Will they be able to roll out new technology and offer technical support, demonstrate and implement the most advanced tools in curriculum delivery on an on-going basis? Will they be able to equip teachers and facilitators with knowledge on the latest hardware and software as it becomes available? Won’t this just become another outsourcing exercise where someone from the private sector stands to make the millions?

Many of the schools that were part of the first roll-out of the Khanya Project are now encountering problems with sustainability and need expert assistance and advice concerning alternative technology. I believe that Khanya has done extremely well over the years, facing many challenges and empowering many people. I have seen how friends and colleagues who were once imprisoned by the “typewriter era” have “come out” and embraced ICT as a result of the input of the Khanya project.

I therefore applaud Kobus Van Wyk, the technicians and all the Khanya loyalists for the irreversible and priceless contribution that they have so selflessly made to the lives of both teachers and learners. Whatever the future holds, I trust that your skills will indeed be incorporated as an essential part of the way forward.

Edgar Magaar, Westridge High

Rosemarie - William Lloyd Primary
Tuesday, 5 April, 2011

Since the involvement of KHANYA in our school, we have made noticeable strides in the area of ICT. We have been assisted financially to upgrade a computer facility which had become dysfunctional to a well-equipped KHANYA Lab with educational software that our educators readily use in support of our LITNUM Strategy. The on-going process of encouraging educators to improve their ICT skills is to be commended.

As the KHANYA Project is nearing completion it is to hoped that their expertise will not be lost to the schools. There are still a number of schools – including our school – that have not been exposed to IEWBs. In the area of technical assistance we would still require the involvement of qualified officials.

It has been a dream for a few years now, that each school will have the position of a dedicated SNA included in the staff establishment. It is a fact that an ICT facility can only be utilised maximally when “manned ” by a full-time SNA.

It was with great interest that I – by chance this morning – listened to a radio interview regarding the provision of Broadband to schools. Is this a project that KHANYA could pursue in our schools and simultaneously continue to assist with upgrading the present technology at schools?

Thanks for a job VERY well done, KHANYA!

Cheri
Wednesday, 6 April, 2011

If the Khanya project does not come to an end then it wasn’t a “project in the first place!
The definition of a project: “an activity that has a beginning and an end which is carried out to achieve a particular purpose to a set quality within given time constraints and cost limits”

I’m sure WCED officials are not all that “brain dead” as some people elude them to be. It would also be naive to think that WCED would not continue with what has been successful, and it probably won’t be the way most people expect. Change is always difficult but let’s not to look on the dark side but rather look towards the start of a new exciting challenge.

Keep in mind that CEI will still be functioning on the technical support side as they have successfully been for the past 12 years.

Well done to Khanya and all success to Penny’s challenge ahead!

Kgaogelo
Thursday, 7 April, 2011

There is no doubt that Khanya has done a tremendous job at schools and it is still doing that. Maybe the department must just inform everybody involved ecxactly how they planing to do the hand over and how they planing to avoid or deal with all dificulties they are going to meet. Its only a few months to go therefore I am sure there is a plan since they have been aticipating most of the challenges raised alredy. That is my guess.Up to now it is like promising people that you going to make their life better if given an oppounity but but not saying how.

Adri Kleyn Herold Laerskool Klein-Langkloof
Sunday, 10 April, 2011

Ons klein, landelike skooltjie is dubbelmedium, multi-kultureel en ons onderrig in multigraad klasse. Khanya het die wêreld van tegnologie vir opvoeders, sowel as leerders oopgemaak!

Ons skool het drie elektroniese witborde en is baie trots op ons status as e-skool. Te danke aan Khanya het ons nou die wêreld in ons klaskamers en word dit deur personeel en leerders geniet.

D.m.v. die witbord is leerders aktief besig om te leer. Volgens navorsing aangebied deur me Fouché, ons skoolhoof, onthou leerders slegs 5% van wat die onderwyseres voor in die klas sê!

Khanya maak onderwys en onderrig interessant en die leerders is deurentyd aktief betrokke. Deur te sien, te hoor en aktief saam hul maats te leer, verhoog die persentasie wat onthou word tot 90%! Dankie Khanya!

Ons skool het uitstekende diens van Khanya ontvang, kursusse is puik aangebid en ondersteuning net ‘n oproep ver.

Ek gebruik daagliks die puik wiskunde en taal programme wat deur Khanya self ontwikkel is. Beteken dit dat daar geen verdere ontwikkeling gaan wees op hierdie gebied nie? Programme moet tog deurentyd hersien, uitgebrei en verder ontwikkel word.

Mag daar besinning wees oor die beeindiging van die Khanya-projek en mag die uiters bekwame Khanya-personeel nog lank met ons wees!

Margaret Chothia (Morta) Beacon Hill High School
Monday, 11 April, 2011

The KHANYA project is one of the most sucessfull projects of the WCED. Not only does it provide the children from the poorer communities access to computers,it also enrich their knowledge of ict and the master maths programme is the best elearning tool available to our learners. The KHANYA project also provided educators with valuable tools and equipn them with skills that empowers them in their class rooms. I fully support penny’s suggestion that the KHANYA project should become part of the wced core function.

Peet Jacobs
Monday, 11 April, 2011

Die vrees ontstaan dat as Khanya onttrek hierdie pragtige projek sal platval, want sal die WKOD die projek suksesvol kan voortsit. Wie en hoe gaan die goeie werk voortgesit word? Het die WKOD die mannekrag om die werk te doen?

Dirk Malan Laerskool Swartland
Monday, 11 April, 2011

Sonder die hulp en ondersteuning van Khanya sou die meeste skole se IT nog steeds nie bestaan het nie. Ook het die ondersteuning hwat hulle gegee het met programme soos Cami Maths, Cami Reader en Reading Rocket ons skool gehelp om goeie resultate te behaal in die jaarlikse WKOD toetse. Kobus Gail en die res van die Kahnya span, julle het beslis ‘n verskil gemaak in duisende kinders se lewens wat betref IT, tale en wiskunde. Doen so voort

J. vd Merwe
Tuesday, 12 April, 2011

Ons stem saam met AD Roux en al die ander kommentators: Moet asseblief nie die Khanya projek op hierdie stadium staak nie! Ons het ook sopas met witborde en die werking daarvan begin maar het nog baie om te leer en het beslis die leiding en ondersteuning van die toegewyde en uiters bekwame Khanya personeel nodig. Waarom iets staak of verander wat so uitstekend werk? Dit maak nie sin nie.

Arthur James
Wednesday, 13 April, 2011

Ons almal het geweet dat Khanya een of ander tyd tot ‘n einde sou kom, maar met die aanstelling van Penny het ek anders verwag en gehoop dat sy anders as Ron Swartz die lig van tegnologie sal sien. Hoe regverdig jy die einde van iets wat so goed gewerk het ? Is die beweging net soos die huidige regering om die kundigheid te veruil vir swakker vakmanskap, maar om sodoende geld te spaar of net ter wille van verandering. Hoe kan Vakadviseurs wie nie eers behoorlik ingelig is oor hul vakgebied – hierdie enorme taak vervul wat deur kundiges gedoen is en uitstekend gevaar het. As skoolhoof is ek elke dag verbaas vir die entosiasme waarmee my leerders die rekenaar lokaal betree en die haastigheid om agter die rekenaar te sit en te lees of somme te maak. Agtergeblewe kinders wie andersins nooit by rekenaars sou uitkom nie. Hoe sal arm agtergeblewe skole maak met die onderhoud en volhouding van regniese onderhoud van die rekenaaars ? Is die WKOD van plan om diensverskaffers aan dei skole beskikbaar te steel met omtrent 100% subsidies of is hierdie weer ‘n fatale oefening ? Ek wil Penny uitdaag om voordat sy enige opleiding vir Vakadviseurs of Kringbestuurders gee eers ‘n steekproef onder leerders en opvoeders te maak om die uitfasering van die proses te bespreek. Ryk en bevoorregte skole sal nie hierdie terugtree van Khanya so geweldig voel soos ons agtergeblewe skole nie. Net toe ons dink dat ons agter die bevooregtes is, word ons 100 tree terugedruk deur die beeindiging van die projek. Ag nee Penny man, kry jou ringkoppe bymekaar en heroorweeg hierdie saak – as khanya befondsing kon kry tot dusver is die DA en die ANC saam instaat om ook die befondsing vir hierdie toekoms gerigte tegnologiese ontwikkeling te befonds of fondse te vind. Kom nou Donald gebruik jou besigheidsvernuf en behou Khanya ter wille van ons arm agtergeblewe kinders.

Johan Smit
Thursday, 14 April, 2011

Onder leiding van ‘n dinamiese Khanya – span(Christelle Barkhuizen; Zania van Niekerk en Erna Schautz) het Smart Board Tegnologie ‘n werklikheid geword by Laerskool Outeniqua. Was dit nie vir die leiding en bystand wat ons van hierdie Khanya personeel en projek ontvang het nie, sou hierdie droom slegs ‘n droom gebly het. Ek is baie seker ons sou baie DUUR lesse geleer het indien ons hierdie droom sonder Khanya se hulp aangepak het. Soos by ons is projekte suksesvol by honderde ander skole in die Wes-Kaap geloods. Ek eis om te dink wat die volhoubaarheid van hierdie projekte gaan wees indien die Khanya hulp en bystand gestaak gaan word. Met die suksesvolle implimentering van die Khanya projek het die WKOD gewys dat positiewe dividende op ‘n belegging wel moontlik is! Ek glo ons het die regte onderwysleiers in ons provinsie om verantwoordelike besluite te neem.
Johan Smit

Ntombizodwa Nxawe
Friday, 15 April, 2011

I support the idea that khanya project is one of the successful projects which the WCED has introduced to support the learning and teaching in our school. As a LAN Administrator at my school, I feel that we are very fortunate to have this project at our school because it has improved a great pass rate in the Systemic Evaluation of the school. Educators are confident to enforce the ICT Skills to the learners due the facilitator’s assistance who always work willingly with them. Furthermore, this project needs to be part of the WCED because they are well informed about what the deliver in terms of service delivery.

Thank you very much Ms. Penny for this initiative cause I see a great change at my school and with my colleagues.

Yours in- service

N.Z. Nxawe

Celeste Katzew
Friday, 15 April, 2011

After reading man of the comments there is very little that has not yet been said. All I can say is that we work with schools in many different provinces and that the WC stands out only because of the success of the Khanya project! These Khanya people are higly skilled but more than that, they were hand picked and are people with HEART! That one can see when they interact with the learners at the various schools. Can we expect the same from the WCED officials? Theanswer is NO! They will not show the same passion for this project and that is understandable. I can only ask that Ms Helen Zille, who showed great wisdom when she was involved in starting this project 10 yrs ago, shows the same wisdom and insight now by intervening and saving this wonderful project! May Khanya live on !!

Sello Matloporo (LAN) Ukhanyo Primary
Wednesday, 25 May, 2011

It is sad to receive these bad news about KHANYA. The project has attained a lot of fans as learners participate willingly and enthusiastically. Well done to all those schools who participated on the programme. Unfortunately, my school is only getting the lab this year. We will be enjoying it as we are very excited about the project. Let me once again thank you for the beautiful lab.

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