Meet Thusi Gugulethu from Samungu, she is part of iSchoolAfrica Rural Development programme – an educational initiative partnership between iSchoolAfrica and Dept of Rural Dev and Land Reform in rural schools across South Africa.

The success and sustainability of the iSchoolAfrica Numeracy programme is a result of the following:

Global standards, local context

iSchoolAfrica uses the onebillion software especially designed to teach and give practice in core maths concepts, for the early years of school. The content supports the CAPS curriculum and ensures global numeracy standards.

Independent, evidence-based research

Independent, evidence-based research proves that learning is being transformed. Studies by the University of Nottingham have shown children making 18 months’ progress in only six weeks.

Every learner at their own pace

Learners have to acquire identified skills before they can move to the next module. All activities give instant feedback and learners have to self-correct. They learn to focus on their own progress and becomes self-motivated.

The mobile lab of iPads

Each participating school is issued with a mobile lab containing 20 iPads (numbers can vary depending on objectives and the budget of the project). This is kept in a secure, mobile case. The mobile lab is an efficient way of deploying scarce resources and can be moved from classroom to classroom without any complex infrastructure required.

The iSchoolAfrica facilitator (iSF) and teacher training

An iSF is appointed to each programme school. The iSF is a specialist in education technology integration. The facilitator works closely with teachers, ensuring ongoing professional development and skills transfer.

All the training modules are SACE (South African Council of Education) endorsed and teachers will receive points towards their continuous professional teacher development.

Sustainability and the programme school champion

The most committed and capable teacher in each school is trained to become the programme school champion. The champion will take over the facilitation of programme. This ensures sustainability of the project.

Monitoring and reporting of performance shifts

The iSchoolAfrica programme includes a Numeracy baseline and follow-up test in order to assess learner performance shifts. The baseline test was compiled by the University of Nottingham, which is also responsible for the monitoring and evaluation other developing countries.