The EDL Group was established in 1995. In 1997 the three companies The EDL Foundation (a non-profit organisation), EDUTRAC (Pty) Ltd and EDL Investments (Pty) Ltd were registered.
The Vision and Mission of The EDL Group is to:
- create a funded non–profit education and training unit that offers education and training opportunities to 5 000 adult and 5 000 school, previously disadvantaged learners.
- establish a commercial company unit, EDUTRAC (Pty) Ltd, that could offer training in companies creating revenue for the design and development of ICT driven learning systems needed to fulfill our mission.
- focus on economic empowerment, sustainability and job opportunities which starts with performance upgrading in schools.
- Create a BBBEE Company EDUTRAC (Pty) Ltd giving shares to black managers trained in the EDL Foundation and employed by the EDL Group for 10 years plus. EDUTRAC (Pty) Ltd becomes a BBBEE
Educational shortcomings grounded in the political and social legacy in South Africa coupled with the global technology escalation prompted the notion of using technology to allow individuals at all levels to start at their own level of competence, at their own pace and in their own time. The challenge was to investigate shortfalls and needs of learners based on their achieved educational grade, or job they are in, or they hope to have. This guided the design and development of the EDUTRAC Learning Systems.
The EDUTRAC Xtra blended e-learning system enables the upgrading of Mathematics and English competence levels in Grades 4 to Grade 9 in township and rural schools. The EDUTRAC MPower blended e-learning system for adult education is SETA, NQF and Unit Standard accredited and aligned. This includes AET (Fundamental Literacy and Numeracy), Workplace Preparation Skills, Life Skills, Job Skills, Management and Leadership Skills and SMME Creation Skills.