In conjunction with Good Work Foundation (GWF) Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve opened the Lillydale Digital Learning Campus (LDLC) earlier this month on the Hlomani High School premises
GWF, a registered NGO, has been working with education in Africa since 2003. The LDLC is a platform for learners in rural spaces to navigate the fast-paced world of the digital marketplace.
“The GWF distribution model of high impact education through digital access creates a sustainable ecosystem of learning. Watching our children learn maths, coding and the ability to solve problems using electronic devices and the latest software is a dream come true, said GWF CEO Kate Groch”
The LDLC is the fourth campus to open in Mpumalanga, with the other three based in Hazyview, Justicia and Huntington, reaching 6500 children and 300 adults. Each campus can support up to 10 satellite schools and the programmes presented at the campuses act as supplementary learning to the prescribed school curriculums.
At the LDLC, an Open Learning Academy programme is presented to Gr. 4 students and consists of weekly, two-hour session in English, digital and mathematics literacy.
From Gr. 5 to Gr.8, learners are presented with electronic devices, a digital facilitator and a charging trolley station at each school, providing the classes with a “lab on wheels.” “A 30% improvement on the learner’s grades has been seen through the implementation of the Open Learning Academy Programme as supplementary learning,” added Kate Groch.
One of Sabi Sabi’s core philosophies is that an integral and participatory relationship must exist between tourism operations and neighbouring communities for conservation efforts in Africa to be successful. Jacques Smit, Marketing Director of Sabi Sabi, stated at the LDLC opening that: “Our partnership with GWF is a fundamental blueprint in conservation education and the golden key to our future.”
LDLC also offers a Bridging Academy programme available to all school leavers and second chance learners (some up to the age of 70) who wish to further their knowledge. Acting as a link between school and work, this one-year accredited programme prepares learners for the corporate environment and equips them with an internationally recognised certificate.
Once the Hazyview cluster of Digital Learning Campuses reach six in total and are fully operational, access will be provided to 26 500 learners.