Announcing the finalists in the Microsoft Partners in Learning Forum 2012

Submitted by Fiona Beal

Join us to celebrate with Microsoft Partners in Learning and SchoolNet SA the 20 educators selected to attend the 2012 South African Partners in Learning Forum. (This competition was previously known as the Microsoft Innovative Teachers’ Forum).

2011 winners

Here is a selection of photos of the winners from last year’s Partners in Learning Forum 2011 that was held in Johannesburg. More photos can be found here.

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This year’s finalists

This year’s twenty finalists, educators from all parts of South Africa, will be excitedly winging their way to Durban on Sunday 1st April to present their projects and to show the judges how they have used technology to creatively engage their learners. We wish our twenty finalists well as they get together all their bits and pieces such as evidence of work for this amazing event. Part of the requirement of the day is that the finalists create a poster that illustrates their project. Microsoft certainly puts a huge effort worldwide not only into bringing next-generation ideas, technologies, and 21st century thinking into curricula and classrooms across the world, but also in providing motivational events such as this Forum where teachers can be recognised for their educational efforts. In South Africa Microsoft partners with SchoolNet SA in arranging all the aspects of this Forum.

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Winners 2010

This Forum is taking place on April 1st and 2nd in Durban KwaZulu-Natal. This year, the twenty finalists are not only invited to attend the Forum, they are also being sponsored by Microsoft to attend the South African Basic Education Conference as part of their prize. The Awards ceremony takes place at 6:30pm on Monday 2nd April at the Conference.Five of these finalists will go through to the next round which is the Middle East and Africa Forum in Morocco in July.


You must be wondering who this year’s finalists are, and what their projects are called? The details follow below.

Watch this space! Next week we will update you on the Partners in Learning Forum South African finals. 




Caroline Adelaar St Mary’s College, Johannesburg


Mabore Lekalakala Toronto Primary School, Polokwane

Lazily Learning

Nkosilathi Dlodlo Batswana Secondary School, Mafikeng

Serving water to save

Michelle Dreyer Courtrai Primary School, Paarl


Riathe Engels Harmonie Primary School, Virginia

Innovative Ways to recycle – Trash Art

Mawell Funo Mkhanyiseli Primary, Cape Town

Our community, our pride

Gilmour Gordon Elkanah House School, Cape Town

Fun with class music

Lisa Gair The Rock Academy, Fish Hoek

Cultural Exchange

Sarah Hanton Victoria Girls High School, Grahamstown

Good Vibrations through Social Networking

Boudina McConnachie Victoria Girls High School, Grahamstown

Good Vibrations through Social Networking

Siobhan Lowe Somerset House, Somerset West

ICT’d!Innovative and creative travel document

Jenny Martin Somerset House, Somerset West

T-ICT 7.0

Joan Martin Durban Girl’s College, Durban

Project Runway

Gaye Pieterse Durban Girl’s College, Durban

Inside Outside

Hafeeza Mayet Marlboro Gardens Secondary School, Johannesburg

Mathe City

Lerato Mazimba St. Bernard’s High School, Bloemfontein

From Trash to Couture

Nombuso Mnguni Asithuthuke Combined School, Balgowan

Designing and building a model of a bridge

Neith Moore Durban Girls’ High School, Durban

The Mobile Digital Classroom – ’flipping’ a studio

Anita van Vuuren Primêre Skool Universitas, Bloemfontein


Charli Wiggil Eden College, Durban

Braille Memory Game and Toys for the Blind

Clair Dean Stirling Primary School

Stop, Look, Save the rhino

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