Edit Microsystems, one of the founding members of ADESSA, was recently recognised for their work in providing life changing assistive technology to persons with disabilities at the 2016 EduWeek Awards held in Johannesburg.
Edit Microsystems received two awards; the Community Award and Supplier of the Year for Special Needs Award. Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director of Edit Microsystems said: “We are honoured to receive these prestigious awards particularly as 2016 is our company’s 25 year anniversary.”
The Community Award is awarded to an educational establishment or individual who can demonstrate real value to the community it serves through the most imaginative attempt to aid the wider community socially, culturally or economically. The Supplier of the Year is a company that supplies educational institutions with high quality, safe products that meet the needs of teachers and learners in the classroom.
Both of the awards were motivated by the life altering work that the company does in promoting inclusion in education. “Every person, regardless of ability, should be given the opportunity to reach their maximum potential and be able to live a life of dignity and self-worth,” said Pieter Labuschagne. One of the projects recognised at the event was the eBraille project, implemented by Edit Microsystems in partnership with the Department of Education, which is revolutionising teaching and learning for visually impaired learners across South Africa.
ADESSA congratulates Computers 4 Kids, one of its members, on being awarded a 3 year tender to train 500 000 Western Cape citizens on how to connect to and use the limited free wi-fi access at the 384 Neotel / WCG hotspots across the Province.
The impact that Phase 1 has made in the Cape Town Metro has been phenomenal and we are looking forward to the next two Phases where the impact will be even bigger. Citizens have the option to complete a quiz and receive an electronic certificate signed by Minister Winde.
The ADESSA voice is becoming stronger by the day, with more companies signing up as members. One of the steps of re-imagining the organization was a review of this website, as well as the creation of a new logo.
One of our members, Fuel Online, kindly did the redesign of the website layout and logo for us.
Three hundred teachers attended a one- day conference on Friday, 15 July 2016, organized by the Western Cape Educatioin Department to encourage the use of technology.
On Monday, 18 July 2016 two hundred and twenty subject advisors and other officials of the Westen Cape attended a similar conference. The CEO of ADESSA delivered the keynote address, entitiled “Transforming Education through ICT”.
The WCED invited a number of companies to exhibit during the two conference days, and most of them are ADESSA members. It is great to see how the relationship between ADESSA and the different education departments is being strenghtended.
The ADESSA AGM took place on 7 April 2016 in Cape Town. The event was hosted by one of the members, Oxford University Press.
The turnout was the biggest ever experienced at an AGM meeting and the attendees were glued to their seats as Mr Brian Schreuder, DDG of the Western Cape Education Department explained the meaning and implications of the “Game Changer” policy of the province.
Two new members were elected to join the ADESSA committee and we welcome Vivian Naidoo of MIB and Craig of Fuelonline to the committee.
Formed in 2003, the Associated Distributors of Educational Supplies in Southern Africa, is a body representing educational suppliers in their dealings with government departments, educational institutions and other interested parties. It is an independent organisation, and is funded by subscriptions from member companies. There are currently over 40 companies that are members of ADESSA.
ADESSA as an association promotes professionalism amongst its members, and aims to deliver an edge in education. It also offers member companies one powerful unified voice in dealings with educational institutions and other organisations.