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Isla Haddow Flood - Wikipedia Primary School - Case study South Africa, additional documentation, Wikimania Hong Kong 10/08/2013.

Isla Haddow Flood - Wikipedia Primary School - Case study South Africa, additional documentation, Wikimania Hong Kong 10/08/2013.

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  • 1. Primary Report South Africa Case Study Isla Haddow-Flood and Kelsey Wiens WikiAfrica at the Africa Centre
  • 2. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equal Education
  • 3. //the statistics • Total population of South Africa (2011): 51,770,560 • # children under 19 in South Africa (2011): 19,103,566 37% of the population • Total number of children aged 5-14 (2011): 9,414,637 or 18% of the population
  • 4. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equal Education
  • 5. //the statistics • Almost one in three or 29.6% is aged between 0-14 years. • South Africa Public Primary Schools: –14,456 Primary Schools –5,992,863 Learners –187,520 Teachers
  • 6. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equa
  • 7. //challenges • Low levels of literacy and numeracy • Focus on Matric (Final) exams negate concentration on building blocks of education • Chaotic and expensive unsuccessful national dedication to outcomes-based education • Lack of trained teachers (in 2010 the pupil/ teacher ratio was 43:1) • Over-crowded classrooms • Educators do not work regular hours • Poor teacher attendance and time inefficiency.
  • 8. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equal Education
  • 9. //challenges • School infrastructure challenges include: – shortage of books and teaching materials – Shortage of support and administrative staff – Not all schools have access to running water, electricity or toilets – Insufficient access for pupils to nutrition and sexual assault and violence in school is on rise; – A significant number of children are in grades that do not reflect their age; – Students are often not able to complete homework due to household chores being seen as higher priority – The impact of HIV is significant and debilitating. • It is reasonable to presume that those problems might be consistent in other African counties
  • 10. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equal Education
  • 11. //OER in South Africa • Siyavula –In 2012 Siyavula, a Cape Town-based Open Access publisher, began supplying the Department of Basic Education with Grade 10, 11 and 12 Maths and Science textbooks for R40 each. • Nal’ibali –Nal’ibali is isiXhosa for “here’s the story”, they are a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to designed to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading
  • 12. Children at school in the Eastern Cape, 2013. photo: Sydelle Willow Smith courtesy of Equal Education
  • 13. //OER in South Africa • OER4Schools –CCE-funded ‘OER4Schools’ project started in August 2009 with a pilot phase, that was completed in May 2010.They assessed the feasibility of providing Open Educational Resources (OER) to ICT- and Internet-equipped primary schools in Zambia, and of supporting interactive forms of subject pedagogy with the new resources. • OER Africa –OER Africa is an innovative initiative established by the South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) to play a leading role in driving the development and use of Open Educational Resources (OER) across all education sectors on the African continent.
  • 14. Zambian high schoolers and their mobile phones, by mLearning Africa CC-BY -SA
  • 15. //Challenges to OER • Infrastructure -computers used as admin tools rather than teaching devices -School access to internet intermittent or non-existent -Security and out of school access to technology • Teacher knowledge, resources and time constraints
  • 16. IT training for kids who live in the surrounding farm areas of Stutterheim outside East London in the Eastern Cape. South Africa. Photo:Trevor Samson / World BankFigure
  • 17. //Mobile in South Africa • Mobile penetration in South Africa (by unique subscribers) stood at 63.68%. • Unique subscribers in 2012: 32,386,986. • The current contract vs prepaid split on connections is 19% contract vs. 81% prepaid. • 8 million South Africans access the internet on their mobiles. –2.48 million do not have access to computers, –5.42 million or 90% South Africa’s internet users use their cellphones to go online.