MEC Grant on Khanya

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011 | ICT in Africa, technology

In his budget speech this morning, MEC Donald grant said the following, after discussing his plans for broadband connectivity for schools:

But there is no doubt in my mind that in the next 3-5 years that there is a very real prospect that we will dramatically improve the levels of information technology in our schools and in so doing enhance learner outcomes.

This comes on the back of the successful implementation of the Khanya programme, which is now only one year from completion. Just two weeks ago, I opened the 1 329th Khanya facility in the Province. Therefore we have only 195 more schools to go.

This progamme has been recognized as the most successful roll-out of technology of schools on the whole continent.

Just imagine – the most successful roll-out of technology of schools on the whole continent!  This is something of which one can indeed be proud.

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19 Comments to MEC Grant on Khanya

Ingrid Graham
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

The statement: ‘there is no doubt in my mind that in the next 3-5 years that there is a very real prospect that we will dramatically improve the levels of information technology in our schools and in so doing enhance learner outcomes’ is re-assuring after the previous conversation on this blog by concerned stakeholders. I trust that MEC Grant will use the very valuable resource and expertise of the Khanya personnel in his ICT plan for the future.

Tim
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I agree with you Ingrid Graham. This is very much serious. The western Cape department has spent a lot of bucks on this project. The mission must be accomplished in a right way, there are a lot of schools that need khanya help. As a facilitator, MS Penny must give Khanya project extra years to explicitly finish up what has been started. There are still 195 schools that also need Khanya’s facilitators skills. The MEC must sit do the business.In order to show her he next step foward. She must show her the signicance and the advantages of Khanya project.We are still right now busy empowering her IMG and subject advicer.

Charles
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

I appreciate the implication of the MECs words. I would expect that that indicates upgraded technology in ageing labs and a move into classroom technology in the form of interactive whiteboards and hand held devices. The question is – how will this be done?

David Mathe
Wednesday, 30 March, 2011

It would be greatly appreciated if the powers-that-be could be forthright in terms of what the way forward would be. As things stand, I do not get head or tail of where Khanya will be in about a year’s time.

From both interviews, I am left with more confusion than clarity, which I think is all that the schools are anxiously waiting for. Or maybe I am missing something.

The project has been going well so far but I think its too early to terminate it. Learners and Educators have benefitted a lot but there is a wide gape on the use and understanding of ICT. 50% of Educators are not fully computer literate. This can be judged by the small errors and technical inabilities they face.
In think this can be solved by having full time persons running the labs assisting Educators when they come for lessons. The facilitators are doing a big job but they are not always on sight. If the project is transferred to the department will it have the capacity to run it.

The people running the lab need not to be qualified computer expects but someone who is reffered to as a super user, someone who has a high level of both computer appreciation.

Lets keep the good work moving. Please have a clear evaluation of the obstacles and successes. See how far the project has gone, then come up with recommendations.

The visual display is a good source of learning for the child. The Khanya project was a very resourceful program for learners and educators. To terminate the service of Khanya now will be a great loss. You can’t start something so big and valuable and just leave it hanging in the air.We need the ongoing assistance of the Khanya facilitators who gives excellence service as they are trained to guide the educators. Please reconsider this decision.

fraser
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

As one of the first schools to recieve computers from Khanya helped to develop the skills of teachers,as lifelong learners, the pupils to find a way of discovering ,helping themselves in search of knowledge and what is happening in the world ,as learners on the farming area are not exposed to internet cafes.I understand the posess of a project,but if the schools, who are the workers,- are not clear on what is going to happen I belief we should still stick to the facilitators of khanya and the great work they doing.More time is needed to make a greater impact as tech is constantly changing and the role of facilitators to keep us up to dat is important.Thanks Kobus, Charlotte and the rest.

Lesley
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

The success of this roll-out must be attributed to the vision and passion of the Khanya Project Director, Kobus van Wyk.
The ability to combine business and education, encouraging personnel to work according to their strengths, recognising each school as unique in their needs, adapting to new developments and many, many, many more skills that all started with one vision and has now spread throughout the Khanya team and to their schools and their communities.
Would this have been – the most successful roll-out of technology of schools on the whole continent – without a Project?
Is this sustainable without a Programme Director and team?

Darryl Lund
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to have provided a service to some of the Khanya schools. While the vision of MEC Grant is encouraging. the handing over of the project must not be rushed. The success of the Khanya Project, in my opinion, was that the project was tackled in manageable chunks. It started with a small group of groups and increased at a gradual but steady pace. I believe that the project should be handed over in much the same way. Rather than having all 1350 schools to manage, DoE should gradually take over the initiative in clusters. This will ensure a smooth handing over of the project and allow the personnel who are taking over the Khanya Project, to find their feet and acquire the necessary skills. It also stands to reason that DoE should retain the services of the core staff on the Khanya Project to assist in the handing over and indeed in the further managing of the Khanya Project.

Sean Klein
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Ek dink dit is regtig te vroeg om die khanya -projek te stop.Hulle het die nodige kundiges om toe toe te sien dat dinge glad by skole verloop.Nie net het hulle ons skool gehelp toe ons in die nood was nie,maar het hulle ook die nodige kundigheid na die skool uitgebrei.Vir my as persoon ken ek mos al die WKOD waar hulle dinge net weer op die skole gaan loslaat en sien en kom klaar.Die verhoudinge wat gedurende die jare opgebou is is van onskatbare waarde.Die minister praat van van 100+ skole waar die projek uitgebrei moet word gedurende die jaar ,maar wat van die nuwe skole wat tans gebou word en nog gebou moet word.Ons het hierdie projek nodig om ons provinsie weer die top provinsie in die land te maak.
Citrusdal Primêr.

H GONZALES
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Die gerugte dat Kanya se bestaan beeindig gaan word, lei tot groot kommer.In ons skool se geval het Kanya diens van onskatbare waarde gelewer. As ons skool nie die hulp van Kanya gehad het nie sou ons beslis nie naastenby die fasiliteite gehad het wat ons het nie. Ons val in die kategorie van voorheen bevoorregte skole met leerders uit al die ekonomiese vlakke van die samelewing wat tov skoolgeldafslag n groot impak op ons begroting moet verreken en akkommodeer. Kanya het dit vir ons as plattelandse skool moontlik gemaak dat ons kan kompeteer teen die meeste sg spog- en gegoede skole as dit by RTT,IT en rekenaargebruik in vakkonderrig kom. OOk het ons die geleentheid gehad om ons interaktiewe aanbieding van onderrig sterk ui tebrei. Ons is hier nie waar ons moet wees nie maar reken om die hulp van Kanya te gebruik om daar te kom. Kanya mag nie van die toneel verdwyn nie. As dit fondse is, snoei liewer ander plekke.

Martin Salies
Thursday, 31 March, 2011

Khanya has opened up not only doors, but the world to our less privileged learners. I’ve been managing our Khanya-lab for quite a substantial amount of years and you would think that by now I should be able to do this with my eyes closed. However the world is constantly revolving and ICT’s are developing every second. For me to open up these new worlds to our kids, I need a support structure like I currently have. With all the multiple responsibilities educators nowadays have, you are not always on par with these rapid changes, and therefore you need someone to fill in the gaps. Khanya-facilitation is therefore essential to help me sustain the development of our kids, in order for them to one day contribute to our country in a meaningful manner. Lastly, to release this project into the hands of the school, as I perceive is going to happen, is setting ourselves up for major disaster of which the victims will be our poor children. Thank you Kobus, Charlotte and Jerome! You deserve much praise for your exemplary leadership in this project. God bless!

Albie
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Viva viva Mr Dolanld Grant. I salute your vision.

Albie

Albie
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Viva viva MEC Mr Donald Grant. I salute your vision.

Albie

Kuselwa
Friday, 1 April, 2011

Thank you for providing us with facilitators,they are doing a great job in our schools,especially for our underdeveloped communities,where you find educators who are not computere literate.I don’t think stoping this project will help us at our schools,because as Lan administrator we find difficulties to control the labs teachers want to bring and leave food,drinks in the lab,but because they know that there are people that always come to monitor how we use the lab they can behave, because as a teacher they tell you that this is not your house.I think they are also doing a great job of teaching computer skill to the educators especially those who can’t use computers at all.

John Thole
Saturday, 2 April, 2011

MEC Grant would do well to adopt a ‘multiple-partner’ approach so that the expertise required to implement and integrate technology into the curriculum can be accessed via the department as well as credible partners. This will give the schools choice and ensure that those schools wishing to move ahead quickly can take their destiny into their own hands. Devolving more of the budget to schools so that they can begin the process of making their own informed choice as to the nature of the technologies appropriate for their stage of development, is a logical next step. The establishing of tried and tested processes for the adoption and effective use of ICTs, so that the schools can perform self-reviews and determine their needs, is a positive next step as it will lead to schools learning how to sustain ICTs. So MEC Grant, whilst it is great to see you acknowledging the role that ICT will play in the future, you must alo ensure that a proper system and resources are in place to support the schools. The use of inexperienced staff will not move the schools forward as you might hope.

Bertus
Sunday, 3 April, 2011

Die minister se visie maak my opgewonde. Geagte minister Grant, hou net in gedagte dat u die regte mense het om hierdie saak suksesvol te implementeer -Die Khanya span!

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Monday, 9 May, 2011

Blogs are great for everyone where we get lots of information for any topics…Great work..Nice posting..

David
Saturday, 18 June, 2011

Good work Khanya. Now you only need the software for the project to make it a success.

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