Digital Education in South Africa

I would like to salute South Africa for taking bold steps in investing in the future.

Got to this link to download information on:-

  • The shocking number of South African students being failed by their schools
  • Where these students are falling short and how they can improve
  • The part that will be played by computers, eBooks, iPads and apps
  • How technology is going to revolutionise education in South Africa

6 thoughts on “Digital Education in South Africa

  1. With my opinions, I think no matter how,we should make sure the students know how to read. I don’t see the point if we provide all the high technology education materials if they do not know how to read. Besides,some apps may help them in words pronounciation,this can improve their speaking skill. Some other digital materials are suitable too,such as computers,as they grow up,they would need to learn up some typing skills and more.

  2. This initiative is something that could revolutionize the way students learn, and hence how they perform in school. The huge investment displays the true goal that the government is trying to achieve-to build a true educational framework that will contribute significantly in all aspects of the country.
    After all, proper education honed in young minds. can provide fantastic results when assimilated in the correct way. Where students were failing before, there can be a dramatic rise in literacy and knowledge and furthermore expound in the practical areas of the country such as the health field, law enforcement. as well as influence its position in the global market.
    The provision of computer and e-books are practical materials if used correctly, and when students are taught to use and apply them industriously, wonderful developments can occur.

  3. When educators are discussing issues of literacy, especially in terms of digital education and its successes or the lack thereof, we should also keep the region, resources available to and background of the location in mind. Digital education is a relatively new phenomena. This educational model has statistically been more successful in developed nations, although it is welcomed by all. While all nations are essentially “developed” in their own right, I’m using the term developed to address issues such as infrastructure, which is related to electricity, implementation, which is related like stable internet access, and even hardware, which also relates with equipment. When I think of digital education in South Africa, a myriad of questions come to mind. What is the infrastructure like, especially knowing they are less than fifty years outside of apartheid? What is the lingual franca of the land? What are the various languages being spoken, and which one of those languages have been chosen would be used on the digital platform? My questions don’t stop there either, but I’ll leave it there. On the positive side, digital learning and education is opening new avenues of learning, and takes global literacy to a whole new level. South Africa, like any other region or country can make it work. The resources that can make it work involves funding, funding and more funding. Many developments in life boil down to the dollars and cents, or Rand to be exact. According to findings in the Via Afrika Snapshot of eLearning in South African schools report, which charts the challenges and opportunities for digital education in South Africa, South Africa’s readiness for e-learning is still hampered by a lack of skills and infrastructure – however schools and teachers remain optimistic and willing to bring the digital learning concept into the classrooms. The willingness alone is enough to enact the changes necessary for its successful implementation. That being said, there’s a bright future for digital education to become a success in South Africa, it only needs the support.

  4. South Africa has a very low-performance rate education system that is deplorable compared to other education systems in various countries, including under-developed countries. Some of the many reasons for this include the following:
    Firstly, many schools have under-qualified teachers, which results in the poor performance of students. This, in turn, results in a lack of enthusiasm by students to learn because they feel that their lessons are not interesting and motivating.
    Secondly, in many schools, there is a lack of basic educational resources and proper educational facilities, which are vital to make students want to actually learn.
    Thirdly, many students who live in rural areas dont have easy access to educational facilities. Also, there are fewer schools, and students often walk long distances to get to their schools. Due to this hardship, many students are forced to drop out of school without completing primary education.
    Fourthly, many students drop out of school because of poverty. Because their parents cannot afford to keep them in school, these children are forced to look for work to provide for the family.
    Finally, many students with disabilities attend special schools that are often far from their homes. Since family support is necessary, students should be able to attend schools that are close to their homes. I believe that all teachers should be trained to provide education to students, whether they are disabled or not.

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