Digital content forum established

On 24 and 25 a historic workshop took place at the Hohenhort Cellars Hotel in Constantia, Cape Town, to establish a Digital Content Forum.

The workshop was attended by senior officials of the Department of Basic Education (DBE), officials from provincial education departments, the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), digital content developers and other stakeholders.  Kobus van Wyk, the CEO of ADESSA, facilitated the session.  The event was sponsored by The Training Room Online (TTRO).

Dr Aaron Nkosi of the DBE applauded the work done during the workshop and expressed the hope that this will strengthen the partnership  between education authorities and the digital education industry.

The three main outputs of the workshop are:

  • The formation of a sub-committee to develop standards for digital content
  • The formation of a sub-committee to develop a screening process for digital content
  • The decision to establish a formal Digital Content Forum that will meet regularly.

It was a unanimous decision that ADESSA would be steering the Digital Content Forum.  Once the sub-committees have completed their work, it will be presented to the relevant DBE structures for approval and ratification.

Snapplify selected for World Bank’s accelerator programme, XL Africa

ADESSA congratulates Snapplify on being selected from over 1000 applications as one of the top 20 digital companies to participate in XL Africa – the World Bank’s new accelerator programme for Africa’s top digital entrepreneurs.  This programme begins November 2017  in Cape Town, with interaction with international
investors and potential partners.

Over five months, the 20 growing businesses will move through
a rigorous programme designed to generate further capital to catapult growth and expansion to new territories.  XL Africa is supported by the World Bank Group, with financial assistance from the governments of Finland, Norway and Sweden, and managed by implementing partners IMC Worldwide, VC4Africa and Koltai&Co.

Snapplify’s Growth Director. Tarryn-Anne Anderson, says:

Snapplify is proud and excited to have been included in this important pan-African initiative. We look forward to connecting with other companies who are using technology to tackle social problems, and with investors looking to drive innovation in Africa.

Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge Takes Off

Following a successful project facilitation and software training for teachers for the Jaguar Primary Schools Challenge (JPSC) during the month of October, two official races have taken place at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg.  This programme, facilitated by Sangari Education (a member of ADESSA), saw 14 teams from various primary schools across Gauteng partake in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) challenge.

The challenge is open to students aged 5-11 years and involves designing and manufacturing the fastest car possible, emulating the design and engineering processes employed by real engineering companies such as Jaguar Cars.  Each team designs an F1 racing car using 160gm/s cardboard paper created on 2D drawing software. After manufacturing teams race their cars on a 20 metre race track powered by gas chargers.

Pieter du Plessis, F1 in Schools programme manager at Sangari Education, said:

At first it was a challenge getting both learner’s and teachers to buy into the concept of designing and racing a miniature F1 car. But the concept has now caught on and interest is growing rapidly.  The JPSC-F1 is literally STEM education in action. Teacher involvement is critical for learners, who need both emotional and physical support. The JPSC offers primary school pupils the opportunity to take part in a fun hands-on STEM activity, tackling real-life problem solving, design, manufacturing, team work, communication and business skills.

Involvement of teachers and parents is an integral part of the programme as it motivates children to maintain their focus and determination in the challenge.

Christo Jones, deputy chief education specialist for Technology, Gauteng Department of Education said:

Partnering with Sangari Education to bring active STEM education to primary schools is a good starting point towards improving the education system in the country. Seeing young people design F1 model cars on computers, manufacture and then race them is really inspiring.

The competition is open to all primary school children from grade 5 to grade 7. Teams wishing to be part of this competition can register on the website at: www.sangari.co.za or contact Pieter du Plessis on +27 11 466-1440.