CASME is ecstatic about the partnership with @team4tech to create digital
2018 also saw Sasol Inzalo Foundation partnering with the Umjikelezo We-Science mobile science festival programme (a collaboration between Science2Go, UKZN STEC, UniZul Science Centre, KZN Science Centre, Durban Natural Science Museum and Kitchen Chemistry at University of East Anglia) with the donation of a Science on the Move mobile science laboratory to support this innovative initiative.
We remain committed to rolling out mobile solutions as a means to reach further, deeper and wider.
An important focus has been on embedding our work within that of the Department of Education. CASME faciliated the establishment of a Digital Learning Community of Practice to support the Department's Digital Learning Framework. The CoP brings together NGO partners, donors, provincial and district education department ICT roleplayers to share lessons, minimise duplication and to leverage partnerships.
ICTs: Next Generation Solutions
In our strategic focus areas, CASME identified ICTs for Teaching and Learning as a lever by which to expand both impact and reach in our programmes. We partnered withClickMaths to implement tablet based tuition in schools in Clermont and KwaDabeka. We believe the blend of open education, mother tongue instructional lessons, self-directed remedial tools and unique offline capabilities we have a resource that is relevant for the context in which many schools find themselves. We also continue our work in the Ilembe district as part of the Izimpande Zokukhanya project supported by The Zenex Foundation which includes Siyavula Practice and our own Remote Support pilot. We are excited about these developments and are actively researching and monitoring their impact.
Our work in primary schools continues to expand and remains an area of growing interest. We are pleased to report positive results from our work in partnership with the Ugu District and NPC Intercement with Intermediate Phase Mathematics and English teachers. Over the past 3 years we have been working alongside the district to develop mathematics and english lead teacher knowledge, skills and capacity, a key component of which has been support for professional learning clusters. Teachers and learners have demonstrated significant gains in the recent round of evaluative assessments.
These words from one of the lead teachers captures this essence:
The project helped me to develop my self-esteem; empowered me with various methods and various approaches. My biggest highlight was when my student won the Maths Olympiad
Our studies have revealed that up to 70% of learners in Grades 10 to 12 in our rural and township schools are studying maths and preparing for exams without a personal scientific calculator.