An approach to improving education both nationally and internationally
FOCUSING ON:Knowledge societyagendaPervasiveness oftechnology“Education for all”and the desiredgoalsThe development ofteachers and teachercompetency standardsassociated with ICT
Research has repeatedly foundeducation to be associated with changesin health, mortality, and fertilitypatterns(The Human Mortality Database, 2009)
Not only do we educate children to enrichtheir lives and their minds but we educateto improve our country by creating skilled,determined members of our society thateffect the economy in a positive way.Basic education needs to be improved byfocusing on the areas where, mortality,school drop outs, teenage pregnancy,HIV/AIDS and poverty rates are high..A graph indicating under-nourishment globally, with lightblue being the most malnourishedInstitute for Statistics, global databases, 2011
“they [learner] come without food and they eat here atschool… sometimes they come inadequately dressed,without a jersey or shoes and it’s cold and it’s a learnerwho does not have a home. when a child is shivering, hedoesn’t learn well. that’s the reason he has a difficulty. hewon’t listen to you or concentrate on what you do becauseof hunger and cold that he’s feeling.”-a teacher interviewed by the Nelson Mandela foundation’s studyon rural education.
Lets create schools that students, teachers and communities canbe proud of.Lets improve school resources through donations and sponsors.Lets adopt feeding schemes and get communities involvedLets adapt the curriculum to fit their needs.Lets show the members of the communities that they haventbeen forgotten and that their schooling needs are just asimportant as the rest of society.GIVENGAIN ORG,2010PUT OUR PLAN INTO ACTIONAN EQUAL EDUCATION FORALL
Collaborative learningAllows for teachersand students to interactwith other studentsaround the worldBlogs,wikisInteractiveeducationalwebsitesSkype,YouTubeEducationalforumsWORKSHEETSTEXTBOOKSBOOKSTHAT GO TOWASTE AND GETTHROWN AWAY!
o Apartheid which resulted inequality, includingeducationo Poverty; which is a result from poor education,inequality, minimal payment from a minimal job.o High rates of school drop outs due to many factorsThe graph indicates the primary schoolenrolment, giving us an idea of theamount of students enrolling for a basiceducationThe red indicating a very low number ofenrolment and the green a high.UNESCO Institute for Statistics, global databases, 2011
To rid ourselves of the past obstructions,we need to: Look to the futureNot only create a plan but implement a plan thateffects the students, teachers, staff and thecommunity positivelyAsk the more privileged schools andcommunities to assistGet the parents and community involved as itcreates a unified stronger force
These are how many of the classrooms lookaround the world and in some of our schoolsaround the country, making use oftechnology as a learning tool; such as thesmart board.
How most classrooms lookpresently...Many classrooms around the globe arecluttered, lifeless and do not fit the “times” oftoday.Teachers are made to teach in conditions thatprohibits any learning stimulation.Learners are made to attend schools wherethey do not have the appropriate equipmentand facilities, whether its learning inclassrooms without desks or chairs. Most ofthese schools have no learning materials orhave to share one between all the studentsIn most government schools there are on average 40students, and in the more rural areas up to 60students.In a technological society we need to changeour schools...
Some ways technology is an advantage inclassrooms and schoolsMakes access to information a lot easier and quicker.The teacher has another “teacher” in the classroom that maybenefit them and create more time to actually teach.They are able to interact in ways that stimulate their interestswhilst learning.In the long run it can also be more cost effective by cutting thecosts of printing and ink (expensive liquid used everyday bypeople).It is also a great means of staying in contact, involving andcommunicating with parents, as they will have access to whatthe students are learning, when are their tests and other schoolfunctions.Some schools around South Africa and the globe already havesuch systems in place and are proving to be quite effective.
Technologyfast andeffectiveSmart boards,computers,internet, andtablets,electronicreadersCan cut the teachers time withadministrative duties an allow theteacher to focus on teaching.Technologysparks moreinterest instudents.(children arenow known astechnologybabies)Allows forcreativity,flexibility andinteractionfrom allstudentsTeachers will beable to identifyweaknesses andcreate activitiesthroughtechnology thatcan benefit alltypesSchools, teachers and principle can interact withschools globally, learn from others and exchange skillsEasier way ofinvolving parents,and makes parentsfeel as they havesome control inwhat happens.Communities canbe more aware inactivities that arehappening.
Issue that may hamper technologyin South AfricaPoverty strickenschools cannotafford technologicalresourcesGet the communityinvolved, providefundraisers, donations andsponsors. Schools can helpout less fortunateschools.(adopt a schoolprogramChildren do not havesuch equipment athome, how can theycomplete theirassessments.
No matter what age, race, gender or if you havea disability, you are you are entitled to a basiceducation where you learn the skills reading,writing and maths.Everyone is entitled to the SAME education.By law all children should be in school until theage of 16.Secondary and tertiary institutions should bemade available for all.There should be ways in which tertiaryeducation can be accessed even if the student can’tafford it (Bursaries, Student Loans, sponsorprogrammes)Even though it is law that students attend schooland all humans have the right to a basic education,there are 27 million children who do not attendschool and as estimation of 795.81 billion adultswho are illiterate.
How can we ensure all childrenattain a basic education? Allow for schooling to be more easilyaccessible, there is still a high demandand need for schools across thecountry. We need to fix the current schools wehave and make them more learner andteacher friendly. Create a curriculum that is meaningfuland worthwhile to teach. Focus on resolving the languagebarriers still dominating South Africa’sEducation. Produce well equipped teachers whoare able to in various educationalsettings and have a broader practicalexperience and are knowledgeable Make all genders as equal and ensurethat girls are able to come to school,are educated the same and are treatedthe same.A graph indicating an estimation of test scores of the students in thepoorest areas of the country
o Expand early childhood care andeducationoProvide free and compulsory primaryeducation to allo Promote learning and life skills for youngpeople and adultso Increase adult literacy by 50 percento Achieve gender parity by 2005 andgender equality by 2015o Improve the quality of education
Expand early childhood care andeducation▪ Still regarded as a neglected goal.▪ It was meant to contribute to young children’sphysical, mental, social and emotionaldevelopment which would then eliminate themarginalised groups and prepare children forformal schooling.▪ 53% of the world’ children do not attend pre-primary school.▪ It is the responsibility of the parents,community and government..▪ The lowest average around the world still remainsin Sub-Saharan African countries (14%) and Arabstates (17%).▪ In order to achieve this goal we need more fundingand parent involvement.
Provide free and compulsory primaryeducation to allThe survival rates from thelast grade of primary schoolimproved between 1999 and2004 in most countries, butremained low in Sub-Saharan Africahow to combine qualityand equity, and how tomeasure quality.Crowded and broken downclassroomsInsufficient teaching timeShortage of teacherslearning outcomes should be monitoredlearning environments must be improvedlearning resources, first and foremosttextbooksattracting more and better teachers is paramount.The teacher shortage is a major problem,particularly in the developing world, wherepupil/trained teacher ratios (PTR) can reach 40:1
QUANTITY VS. QUALITYThe quantity, qualityand distribution ofteaching is a criticalwork force inreaching educationfor allInteractionbetweenstudents andteachers iskeyCreate a need tobecome ateacher
64% of illiterate people worldwide are women.75% of the adults are illiterate adults,Eight highly-populated countries contain a big average of illiterateadults.Asia: 388 million, of the women it is 67 women for every man.India: In 1995 t0 2004 accounted for almost 35% of the adultilliterate population globally.Africa: 150 million adults cannot read or write for every 100 menthere are 76 woman72 million primary school children still do not attend school, 57million are girlsThe need for quality female teachers around the globe will have apositive affect!
The development of teachers andteacher competency standardsassociated with ICTEngage inteachingprocessesFacilitate andinspire studentlearning, innovationand creativityCreate and Manage effectivelearning environmentsEngage in assessment andcommunication of student learningProfessional development and model ethicalResponsibilitiesUnderstand subject matter for use in teaching
It is defined as theInformation andcommunicationtechnologyWhat is ICTexactly???How will it benefitthe countrieseducation?What does ourGovernmentneed to do?What about theschools andcommunities indisadvantaged areaEffective workshops andtraining will be placed.Universities will createcourses to equip studentteachers so that they areskilled when they qualify.Funding needs tobe implemented inorder for ICT to beaccessed in ALLschools.
▪ Our students are nolonger inspired, theyattend class because theyhave to, they studybecause the alternative isfailure.▪ HOWEVER...▪ Through ICT learnersare encouraged throughtechnology mediums andskilled teaching practices,they become motivatedand interested. Thisallows for innovation,creativity and the want toperform school tasksrather then thecompulsion.
Expectations of the teachers:EMERGINGUnderstand theimportance of thetopic, be able toreview the approachand then developinterest in the topic.APPLYINGRecognise anddescribe, useavailable researchedapproaches andalways have exert apositive energy withany approach.INFUSINGMake a pro and conlist of any approach.Ensure approach forcorrect target group.Evaluate theeffectiveness.TRANSFORMINGMaster the approach andtechnique for specificgrade. Demonstrateusing the creativity.Demonstrate themotivation, dedicationand sensitivityappropriately in aclassroom.
Teacher competency standards:Inspire• Learning throughcreativity• Virtual innovationthrough thinking• Explore real worldissues• Solving authenticproblems• Promote studentreflectionDesign andDevelop• Through the digitalage learn throughexperience andassessment.• Design, developand evaluate• Developknowledge, skillsand attitudes.Model• Teachers need tomodel the goalsthey set out to theirstudents.• Demonstrate thefluency oftechnology• Collaborate andcommunicatePromote• Promote and modeldigital citizenshipand responsibility.• Understand globalethics.Engage• Demonstrateprofessional growthand leadership
CONCLUDING▪ The world is changing, instead of watching it transformwe need to jump towards the change.▪ Accept the inevitable; that we live in a technologicalworld; where interaction is done through the web, wherechildren from the age of 2 are more equipped in using anIpad▪ Join the revolution▪ Adapt to the change, and allow ICT, collaborativelearning and technology benefit education, improve theway we teach and the way students learn, as it is atransformation to a world where there is education forall; no matter what gender, what background, race,culture or country you come from.
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