INTRODUCING THE EDL FOUNDATION

Trading as (t/a) THE EDL Group (Educate, Develop, Learn for Life) was established in 1995. The EDL Foundation (a Section 21, Non-Profit Organisation) was registered in 1997. The trade name rights EDL and EDUTRAC have been registered through Norton Rose since 2001 and have been reregistered on the 1 August 2019. THE EDL FOUNDATION operates through funded Schools, Community Centres, Adult Training Centres, TVET Colleges, Educational Institutions and Company Sites.

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THE EDL FOUNDATION MANDATE

The EDL Foundation Mandate is to make a contribution to society through a non-profit organisation. To operate an education environment offering free education to those marginalised from mainstream education because of previous disadvantage, discrimination on the basis of culture, creed, gender, race and poverty.

To create an enabling environment using the EDL e-Learning Systems by offering free access to the EDL e-Learning Systems to people who cannot afford access to learning. To provide the EDL Learning Systems as content to access in State Schools, on the DBE Cloud to support the basic education sector and the world of work, through funded Schools, Community Centres, Adult Training Centres, TVET Colleges, Educational Institutions and Company Sites leading to economic empowerment possibilities for adults.

The EDL Foundation due to generous funders has been granted in perpetuity the “Rights to Use” the EDL e-Learning Systems by EDUTRAC (Pty) Ltd for training and education on condition the mandate of free access to learners marginalized from mainstream education due to discrimination, race, culture, gender or poverty are the sole beneficiaries.

THE EDL FOUNDATION INTENTION

  • To research and assess the extent and impact of the education crises in South Africa to assess the ongoing needs in order to provide a relevant 21st Century ICT driven learning solution for learners (adult and school going) marginalised from education opportunities.
  • To provide easy to use and easy to access blended e-learning systems facilitating delivery and management of a life long learning process. Educate, Develop and Learn for Life (EDL)
  • To provide the EDL Learning Systems as content to access on the DBE Cloud to support the education sector and the world of work (unemployed and employed) ultimately leading to economic empowerment possibilities for adults.
  • To find Companies to fund the life-long “Rights to Use” the EDL e-Learning Systems EDUTRAC Xtra, EDUTRAC StepAhead and EDUTRAC MPower. Also funding the process of managing the e-learning process in Schools, Community Centres, Adult Training Centres, TVET Colleges, Educational Institutions and Company Sites.
  • To provide the blended e-learning systems EDUTRAC Xtra and EDUTRAC StepAhead to upgrade basic literacy and numeracy, life skills, mathematics and science performance, reading and understanding english as a mathematical language, problem solving and critical thinking skills more particularly in township and rural schools. This will include administrative and management skills for staff in schools.
  • To provide the EDUTRAC MPower e-learning system for Adult Education situations to address delivery of innovative interventions for unemployed job seekers, occupational job skill upgrade, workplace performance improvement, entrepreneurial skill development, problem solving, critical thinking skills and life skills through skill needs training programs, internships and learnerships.
  • To provide investors free access to the EDUTRAC Xtra and EDUTRAC StepAhead for the Schools attended by children of their employees. To provide free access to unemployed adults in the communities where their sites exist plus their employees.

THE PROPOSED EDL FOUNDATION SOLUTION

The educational challenges in South Africa coupled with the global advance of technology formed the basis of the design and development of the innovative ICT / ISP driven EDUTRAC LEARNING SYSTEMS. The EDUTRAC Xtra LEARNING SYSTEM addresses poor Mathematics performance and reading for understanding. The EDUTRAC StepAhead LEARNING SYSTEM step up competency and performance improvement in the sciences, life skills and computer usage through reading, writing and understanding of english. The EDUTRAC MPower LEARNING SYSTEM expands the skills of adults to improve job performance and enhance economic empowerment.

THE EDL FOUNDATION believes that the implementation of the EDUTRAC Xtra, EDUTRAC StepAhead and EDUTRAC MPower LEARNING SYSTEMS will address the education and training needs across the country. EDUTRAC Xtra and EDUTRAC StepAhead in the School Environment. EDUTRAC MPower in Community Adult Education Centres, TVET Colleges and in on-site Training Centres for employees in Companies. In addition these institutions can also be supported / funded by Companies to deploy onto the DBE Cloud for free access to education and training content for learners marginalised from mainstream education opportunities.

1. WHAT DOES EDUTRAC MPower, EDUTRAC Xtra AND EDUTRAC StepAhead DO?

EDUTRAC MPower

An Adult Education workplace preparation and Job Skill training program for the unemployed, those already employed and in Workplaces to improve job performance. Also for skill training to create new ventures (SMME’s-Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises). All leading to economic empowerment. 

EDUTRAC Xtra

A mathematics performance improvement program for learners from or in township and rural schools. Designed specifically to improve concept building, problem solving, critical thinking and practical application of skills to address specific individual needs in all five mathematics curriculum work areas as set by the Department of Education. 

EDUTRAC StepAhead

A learning support program to step up competency and performance improvement for learners from or in township and rural schools in the sciences, life skills and computer usage through reading, writing and understanding english. Designed specifically to improve concept building, problem solving, critical thinking and practical application of skills to address specific individual needs in the curriculum work areas as set by the Department of Education.

2. HOW IT WORKS

  • On-line blended e-learning with facilitator/teacher support
  • Managed by an extensive Data Base (records, reports, results, progression of learning)
  • Assessment Tests to determine levels of competence for program entry.
  • An interactive methodology of knowledge (30%), practice and skill application (70%).
  • Four thousand six hundred and forty one (4641) Lessons made up of skill concept building blocks supported by exercises, activities and practical applications.
  • Automatically marked tests each step of the way to reinforce learning.

3. WHO BENEFITS?

EDUTRAC MPower

  • Unemployed self starter adults.
  • Adult learners in Community Learning Centres or TVET Colleges.
  • Employees in Companies needing to upskill and improve performance.

EDUTRAC Xtra

  • Learners in Grades 4 – 9 from or in township, rural and low fee paying private schools.
  • Mathematics teachers who teach Grades 4 – 9 learners from or in township, rural and low fee paying private schools.

EDUTRAC StepAhead

  • Learners in Grades 4 – 9 from or in township, rural and low fee paying private schools.
  • Teachers who teach Grades 4 – 9 learners from or in township, rural and low fee paying private schools.

WHY ICT BECOMES PART OF THE SOLUTION

  • ICT addresses individual learner skill needs performance challenges in conjunction with school curriculum requirements and job expectations for employed and unemployed adults.
  • ICT provides access to the Learner System, Management Data Base, Skill Learning, Individual Records and Reports by password and username only. Learners start at their level of assessed competence allowing progression at their own pace and own time becoming confident and competent at a higher level.
  • ICT provides an interactive methodology in which practice and skill application are fundamental to the learning process which is reinforced, tracked, measured, tested, monitored, recorded and reported on, every step of the way.
  • ICT provides four thousand six hundred and forty one(4 641) Lessons and two thousand (2 000) Dynamic Applications which are level appropriate (assessed at start). These are structured, bite-sized and manageable, progressing in small skill concept building steps.
  • ICT provides eight thousand one hundred and twenty (8 120) Tests which follow on each lesson and module directing advancement in the system and reinforcing skills learned in lessons. Interactive practical applications to reinforce skills learned and skills transferred are also included.
  • ICT provides a Management Data Base that maintains and monitors all data, registration, enrolment in courses, records and results.

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