Sunday, June 17th, 2012 | e-Learning pioneers
One never knows whether the seed one sows will take root and grow into something beautiful. Imagine my joy when, out of the blue, I received the following email from Maxwell Funo, a man whom I have never met before:
I just want to thank you for the excellent job that you’ve done. Teaching at a previously disadvantaged school in Nyanga township (Cape Town), I personally benefitted a lot especially from your Khanya Project because I never had any computer training whatsoever.
When I won the competition by Microsoft Partners In Learning on ICT Integration in Durban, I was over the moon, credit to your great efforts. Today, I am walking with my head held up high getting ready for my presentation in Morocco by July, something that I never thought would ever happen to me. I so wish to be able to work with you one day and learn more from you.
Maxwell used the limited ICT equipment at his school to do a project with his Grade 7 learners on pollution. The purpose of the project was to create an awareness of the effects of dumping around the school and in the community. He was one of twenty finalists and came first in two categories of the Microsoft Partners In Learning competition: Innovation in Challenging Context and Collaboration. He will be representing South Africa in Morocco in July 2012.
This teacher is an example of what can be done by means of technology. Working in a school with limited resources, he used the technology available to him to create something of great value for the learners, as well as the community; and it is good to know that his efforts to master technology yielded fruit for him personally too.
The email of Maxwell means more to me than all the awards that Khanya won over the years.