Thursday, July 21st, 2011 | Miscelaneous
Some of you may have heard that I’ve resigned as project manager of the Khanya project of the Western Cape Education department and will leave at the end of July 2011. This is after starting the project in April 2001 and working on building it up into one of the great success stories of the African continent.
Ten years and four months is a long time – and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! It is sad to leave your baby in the hands of others, but it is time for me to go (and I’m comforted in the knowledge that I’m leaving the project for the last few months of its life in the hands of trusted colleagues). I have reached the objectives that were set at the start of the project. With the exception of the last few facilities that are in the process of being completed, all schools in the Western Cape have at least one computer facility available for learners. Over 50 000 computers were deployed; more than 2 000 interactive whiteboards were installed in classrooms; nearly 30 000 teachers were trained in the use of technology as a teaching and learning tool; and close to a million learners have access to technology.
I was privileged to have worked with the best of the best. The Khanya team members were hand-picked for their passion and skills and words cannot express the gratitude and admiration I have for them. Our business partners were likewise superb. I have long held (and expressed) the view that the state will never be able to succeed with bringing technology into education unless the private sector plays the dominant role. I still hold that opinion. The success of Khanya can, to a large extent, be attributed to the superb support rendered by hardware, software and other service providers.
My best wishes go to those officials of the Western Cape Education Department who will take over the task of supporting e-learning from April 2012 onwards. I hope that they will continue to promote the use of e-learning in schools with the same enthusiasm and dedication as the Khanya team members, who are now handing the baton over to them. May the legacy of Khanya live on!
What’s next for me? First a long vacation. And then … watch this space.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been pre-occupied with personal decisions and I did not give this blog sufficient attention. I will now rectify this neglect! And since I’ll soon no longer be accountable to a state department, I will have greater freedom to publish relevant material. So, once again … watch this space.
I am most appreciative of the support I’ve received from my Khanya colleagues, business partners, family, friends and members of my virtual PLN over the years, and particularly over the last few rather tumultuous months. I wish all of you only the best and I trust that we will find opportunities to continue working together in the future. And please, let’s stay in touch through this blog.