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2011 IT Students to Benefit from New Online Training Material
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Friday, December 03, 2010
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Dec 03, 2010

The materials comprise 9 hours of video content (also broadcast on DStv Channel 319), 25 hours of computer-based interactive multimedia content, as well as associated print content.
Gauteng Education HOD Boy Ngobeni received the Mindset Learn materials from UniForum SA Chair Theo Kramer at a launch attended by representatives of various government education departments, schools and the media at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Speaking at the launch, Mr Kramer said, “The nature of UniForum SA’s business means that we are in the perfect position to witness first-hand the growing importance of the online world while appreciating the absolute necessity of joining it. Our investment in South African IT education continues to grow every single year thanks to a very fruitful partnership with Mindset Learn.”

Mr Ngobeni continued, “It is truly impressive that non-profit entities like UniForum SA continue to collaborate with NGOs like Mindset Learn in securing South Africa’s future in this new century.”

Mindset Network CEO, Roith Rajpal agreed with the MEC, “We have always believed in partnerships with like-minded corporates. Through such partnerships, Mindset Learn has developed curriculum-aligned content for Grades 10 to 12 in critical subjects.  The IT Grade 10 materials are already in use and the Grade 12 materials will be ready for distribution by May 2011.”

UniForum SA is the organisation that maintains the CO.ZA domain registry and is a well-known supporter of ICT skills development in South African education. For example, UniForum SA has traditionally served as the largest supporter of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA’s (ISPA’s) “Train the Teacher” project over the past decade and recently pledged to provide ICT training for a further 190 teachers during 2011.

Mindset Learn is the schooling programme of Mindset Network, an NGO that has been in operation since 2002, developing and distributing curriculum-aligned content to learners and educators in South Africa and Africa.

The Mindset Learn Grade 11 IT material unveiling took place at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre. Sci-Bono was set up by the Gauteng Department of Education to support the teaching and learning of mathematics, science and technology.


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