“The main challenge is to transform a school culture rooted in the Industrial Age into a professional learning community that can support learners to thrive in a new global Information Age.”
CoZa Cares Foundation has recently listed on the Schooladvisor site. We asked them to explain how ICT can aid and enhance the current reach of education around South Africa.
– Check their listing on our platform
Q: What are the biggest challenges of ICT in education?
A: We often forget that traditional state school culture in South Africa can be traced back to the introduction of free compulsory education in Britain, something that occurred as recently as just over two hundred years ago, towards the end of the 19th century.
That school culture was entrenched in the values and assumptions governing the Victorian Age and the curriculum was informed by the needs of the Industrial Age job market.
Today, ICT is affecting almost every area of our lives and catalysing a new age of education in the world and South Africa. This unprecedented evolution in education is raising a variety of issues, like the changing role of both teachers and learners as well as concern that ICT should not create a ‘digital divide’ that further entrenches inequality in educational access by schools in under-resourced socio-economic environments.
This would be a tragedy, given that the use of ICT in education can actually be used to increase equity of access.
Q: How do schools make the change?
A: The challenge is not limited to learning new skills to manage and operate new devices. CoZa Cares Foundation’s theory of change is that the introduction of ICT into the school environment is not primarily about the technology. Rather, it involves a paradigm shift.
This shift requires informed and sensitive change management along a navigable pathway to ensure sustainable transformation that supports the achievement of a fully integrated school ICT ecosystem. In other words, embracing ICT starts with addressing mindset rather than a focus on the acquisition of new digital skills merely.
Q: In your opinion, who leads this change?
A: In our view, it is crucial that this change management process is led by the principal, supported by the Senior Management Team.
Recently, Fiona Wallace, our CoZa Cares Foundation CEO, was invited to speak on Technology and Leadership on the Learning Platform Show. You can listen to the lively discussion with her at this link to a podcast of the show: https://embed.iono.fm/epi/227899 (Content hosted by iono.fm)
Q: Can you tell us more about yourselves and the products/services you offer?
A: We are a non-profit organisation based in Midrand, Gauteng. The focus of our work is on enabling sustainable ICT environments in under-resourced South African schools.
We provide ICT-related professional development training; we source, curate and deliver Open Education Resources (OERs) to supplement teaching and learning and we negotiate special deals on technology purchases that can save money for schools.
Selecting technology for a school is far more complex than purchasing standard supplies like stationery and furniture. Visit CoZa Cares’ listing on the Schooladvisor site to find out more about the programmes and services we offer as well as our special deal on technology purchases available this month.
Q: Before you go, can you tell us what your top deals are?
A: We suggest you view our listing on SchoolAdvisor site for product list and prices. Pick them up while stocks last!
- For more information, please contact Sharon at CoZa Cares Foundation on 011 568 3524 or firstname.lastname@example.org