The Thintana i-Learn Project, is funded by Thintana, a consortium of Telkom’s strategic equity partners – SBC International and Telkom Malaysia. The consortium has provided R21, 2 million to set-up computer centres in 200 disadvantaged secondary schools equally distributed in all the nine provinces and to train a minimum of 10 educators per school. Each of these schools will receive between 10 and 20 networked computers with Internet connectivity. This project will be implemented over a two-year period. Schools will be selected in line with the strategic developmental objectives of the Provincial Education Departments.
SchoolNet SA has worked very closely with the National Department of Education and its Centre for Educational Technology and Distance Education (CETDE) and the sponsors over the past two years in developing this project. Minister Kader Asmal has expressed his enthusiastic support for this initiative since it is in direct support of the national educational strategic objectives.
Progress on the implementation of the proposal plan
School Selection Process
Schools have been selected with departmental approval in the following provinces:
- Gauteng (18)
- North West (22)
- Kwa Zulu Natal (24)
- Western Cape (18)
- Northern Cape (18)
- Mpumalanga (24)
- Northern Province (26)
- Eastern Cape (24)
- Free State (25)
Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluation processes will be conducted to assess the qualitative and quantitative impact of the project implementation period.
A project team comprising the Project Manager (Prakash Morar), Logistics Manager (Ndabi Ntuli) and Programme Assistant (Anthea Booysen)
Infrastructure and Technical Programme Equipment roll-out plan as per agreement with Sourcecom:
191 Schools were equipped by the end of February 2002 and 7 Schools will be equiped by the end of March 2002.
- Equipment has been rolled out in all the schools in Gauteng, North West Province, Kwa Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga and Free State Province.
Publicity & Marketing
- We had a successful launch in the Northern Cape Province on the 29th October 2001.
- The first Newsletter was published and distributed during the week of 10th September 2001. The second Newsletter was published on the 11th March 2002.
Education and Training Phase
- Training of the Trainers
Trainers have been trained in all provinces. Since the addition of reserve schools in some provinces we have found that we needed additional trainers in these provinces and have been able to invite them to the most recent train the trainer session in Gauteng.
- Mentor Course
141 mentors have successfully completed the mentor training so far.
- Materials Writing Process
All 7 modules have been fully developed on a CD. New inclusions were also carried out which mostly dealt with the completion of online forms that needed to be compatible with the way our new database had been developed. The database is sophisticated and will perform many functions that would normally have had to be done manually.
- Technical Training
The provision of a two day technical training to two educators from each school was contracted out to the National Data Systems after we collaborated in jointly developing a training manual as per our specifications.