Congratulations to Omashani Naidoo on her recent appointment as SchoolNet SA’s Executive Director. Omashani has been an integral part of SchoolNet for the past twelve years and we wish her well in her new role. We have faith that Omashani will continue to build on the successes and history of SchoolNet SA, taking on new challenges and adding her own flair to the organisation. SchoolNet SA’s outgoing Executive Director, Janet Thomson, will remain part of the SchoolNet SA family as a member of the Board. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Janet for her leadership and guidance of SchoolNet SA for the past fourteen years.
Anyone who has had any association with SchoolNet SA over the past decade is sure to already know Omashani. She has represented SchoolNet SA in many capacities; has been an active thought-leader in discussions around technology in education; and has trained and mentored many teachers, school leaders, ICT officials over the years. Here is Omashani’s full biography:
Ms Omashani Naidoo is a qualified, Mathematics and Computer Studies teachers and holds an Honours Degree in Education, Training and Development is currently studying her Masters’ Degree in ICTs in Education.
She started her career as a teacher at Radley College and later Waverley Girls High (JHB). She then became part of the subject matter experts’ team at Mindset network, developed their Grade 10 Information Technology materials for print, video and computer-based multimedia and presented Mathematics lessons on the Mindset Learn channel.
In 2007, she started working at SchoolNet SA, and grew into the role of Operations Manager whose responsibilities included management of project budgets as well as monitoring and evaluating training and consultant trainers across the country. This role expanded to seeking new business relationships and projects, maintaining SchoolNet’s presence at National and Provincial events and representing SchoolNet at strategic, thought leadership discussions and policy development. She is a master trainer for Microsoft, Google Education, Adobe and Intel, is the IEARN Country Coordinator and an inaugural Global Intel Visionary.
She has vast experience in the implementation of ICT projects both nationally and provincially, which ensures a strategic skillset that balances practice with sound technological, pedagogical and content knowledge of ICTs in Education. She uses a developmental and mentoring approach to growing staff as well as educators through the various SchoolNet programmes and looks forward to leading the organisation to new heights in her role as the Executive Director.