The long term effects of apartheid in South Africa has left the majority of our population disadvantaged and marginalized by educational inequality and ultimately economically disempowered.
Motivated by the need to make a difference in a democratic South Africa Dr Gill Crawford focused her masters and doctoral research on finding ways to bridge the educational backlog of adult and school learners previously disadvantaged and still marginalized in our present educational environment. Lack of basic fundamental skills, poor quality education (particularly in Mathematics and Science), a shortage of performance orientated skilled teachers, a shortage of skilled adults needed in job situations, poor workplace performance and a high rate of unemployment resulted in the founding of The EDL Group in 1995.
A new approach to education and skills training was the way forward. Global technology and advantages of ICT driven learning programs in terms of easy access and learner programs based on individual need was the way to go. An extensive ICT driven Management Data Base and interactive learning material to provide skill competence upgrading for previously disadvantaged learners was designed and developed and constantly upgraded between 1997 and 2015.
The EDL Group proudly South African Learning Systems EDUTRAC Xtra – the blended e-learning mathematics performance upgrade program. EDUTRAC M-Power – the adult education program for occupational learning, workplace preparation, AET and life skills, job skills, management and leadership skills and entrepreneurial skills leading to SMME new venture creation.
The EDL Group operates in Adult Learning Centres, Company Sites and Schools. Advances in connectivity to websites and internet sites have made EDUTRAC Xtra and EDUTRAC M-Power accessible nationally and internally.