Mike Matthews: “With over 14,000 curriculum aligned resources, we developed an easy to use digital education system that fits each and every school across South Africa.”
Aptly named for allowing those who wish to enable themselves, 2Enable themselves, the system can also be used offline so is ideal for rural areas with limited internet access.
The program’s track and trace abilities enable demographic data collection and also keeps track of the individual member’s academic results. 2Enable is not intended to replace a teacher, but to act as a teaching support.
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is fully behind 2Enable and is using it as a training platform for teacher training and development in 8 pilot schools spread over four Mpumalanga districts. Supported by Microsoft, Intel, Schoolnet, the Mpumalanga Department of Education and 2Enable will develop a roll out plan to:
- Train teachers in preparation for e-learning
- Train teachers and students on 2Enable, including on how to download resources to their own device.
- Use e-learning content in the classroom
- Use 2Enable Enterprise to provide an analysis of results to improve learning and teaching outcomes
2Enable is for any school that wants to move into digital education. It can also be used on the DBE’s TV channel, to train teachers and learners directly in their own homes. And for those without a television, an IPTV broadcast will soon be available.
Funds received from the Lottery and the Department of Arts and Culture has enabled 2Enable to press ahead with their plans, but fundraising will be ongoing. A once off donation of R75 000 will fund the costs of a teacher to develop, align and upload an entire grade of academic content, so corporates planning their next CSI investments for the new financial year should visit www.2enable.org and investigate whether this is a platform they can support.
A single solution to the country’s education woes is unlikely, but 2Enable is ticking many boxes as a practical, affordable and far reaching solution which fits the diverse levels of education and communication infrastructure in South Africa. “An African solution to an African problem,” says Mike. And homegrown here in White River.
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