THE EDL FOUNDATION – PFUXANANI PROJECT
The Pfuxanani Youth Centre in the Elim District of the Northern Province, South Africa serviced a large community of young rural people in an area that offers little employment. The EDL Foundation project resulted in a Youth Centre that was well maintained, projects that were sustained over ten years; a garden exceptional in the area and vegetable growing to provide food necessary for the HIV / AIDS Orphans who come to the Centre for Care.
3 000 Adult learners completed Skill upgrade courses and qualifications at the Foundation. 2 400 School learners improved their Mathematics / English levels in Grades 6-8 by 10 – 15% a year. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, Johnson & Johnson International, the Development Bank, Anglo Platinum, the French Embassy, W & R SETA, the ETDP SETA and Services SETA funded this education and training Youth Centre.
SUCCESSFULLY USING EDUTRAC LEARNING SYSTEMS
The success of Edutrac MPower, the EDL Group Occupational Workplace ICT driven blended e-learning system is evident in the results achieved.
Five thousand (5 000) adult learners (employed and unemployed) have successfully completed National Qualifications and Job Skill Programs. This has resulted in learners being awarded SAQA approved national certificates by the Services SETA, Merseta, Education and Training SETA (ETDP) and W&R SETA (Wholesale & Retail).
Projects and Companies:
Department of Labour, Department of Social Development, Services SETA Tenders, ETDP SETA Tenders, W&R SETA Tenders, Graftech, P.G. Glass, Vodacom, Knorr-Bremse South Africa, TAG Solvent, Johnson & Johnson International and Edcon.
Successful School CSI Projects funded by CSI funding (Johnson & Johnson International, Cummins South Africa, Tsogo Sun, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund and Xerox) enabled the EDUTRAC Xtra Mathematics Performance Upgrade Program for Grades 4-9 to be installed at five (5) schools. SSB (Sekolo Sa Borokgo) in Randburg, Lodirile Secondary School in Kagiso Township, Kwa-Bhekilanga Secondary School in Alexandra Township and Phuxunani Youth Centre in Elim Limpopo.
Each year the following results were / are recorded:
- Learner’s Mathematics performance improved by at least 10% in a year.
- Numbers of learners selected for Core Mathematics at the end of Grade 9 increased.
- Multiple competence levels in every Grade 4-9 class was stabilizing.
- Teachers were able to upgrade their Mathematics skills in a private ICT driven environment.
- Teachers were able to address their individual needs and the individual needs of learners.
In summary the EDUTRAC Management Data base records and reports proved that students who accessed the EDUTRAC Xtra learning intervention improved their Mathematics performance by 10-15% in a year on the EDUTRAC Learning system and 8-10% in their school year end results. Students who did not access the Learning System showed little or no improvement in their Mathematics’ performance. This sample excludes already competent students who did not need to access the mathematics remediation in the Learning System.