The COVID-19 outbreak continues to disrupt school and education. To make sure children keep learning, technology seems to be the answer. This will be the subject of a webinar titled “The role of technology in the evolution of education”, to be hosted by Tarsus Technology Group on Thursday, 12 November 2020 at 10 am.

Asanda Sosibo, portal sales manager of Tarsus Distribution, says the webinar will look at organisational and technology-related aspects of learning in a country where there are huge variations in income and access to resources. “The discussion will interrogate what companies can do to assist schools, how companies can partner with their employees’ schools to ensure learning, and what schools need from parents’ and caregivers’ employers to facilitate virtual education.”

Poverty and inequality prevent many children in South Africa from having access to the Internet and digital devices. What does this mean for the future of learners in a world that may have to confront the pandemic for many months to come? In the webinar, Sanele Majola, executive head of Vuleka Schools, an independent, non-profit group of Anglican Diocesan schools, will talk about revolutionising South African education by investing in “HOPE”, a discussion he defines as follows:

Hybrid Instruction: Also known as blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and web-based teaching (using platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, Google Classroom and more), has been proven to yield positive results.

Opportunities: Partnerships will make it easier to create more opportunities for learners, and to provide access to affordable devices and other learning tools.

Partnerships: As a country, we need to deal with these inequalities by creating partnerships between private and public organisations. During the nationwide lockdown, many parents proved to be trusted partners in education; now it is time for IT companies to play a role in making digital learning happen for all.

Equality: COVID-19 exposed serious inequalities in education in South Africa. While well-resourced schools, especially private institutions, were able to provide online learning, public schools struggled. Access to the Internet remains a serious challenge.

“We have an invaluable opportunity now to better prepare our education system for the future,” Asanda says. “We invite those interested in making a difference to join us for this crucial discussion.”

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