Education

Pearson South Arica is working to create equality in education through the use of innovative technology which expands the classroom beyond what teachers thought possible.

 

Rustenburg, South Africa – Rodgers Chihwai, the deputy principal at Harmony Christian School, has a passion for teaching like no other. Apart from his duties, he also teaches Maths and Science to the students at the school.

Rodgers believes that a good education can change a child’s destiny. Facing challenges head-on, Rodgers knows the playing field isn’t always equal or fair, but he tries his best to give the learners at his school a fighting chance.

He believes that, as an educator who wants to make an impactful difference, he continually needs to reflect on how best to do so.

Due to the legacy of the past, education in South Africa faces serious challenges. Today, South African children are performing amongst the lowest in the world in mathematics and literacy. Problems such as slow or no internet connectivity at schools, along with the lack of funds to construct science laboratories, are leaving South African learners at a disadvantage, and are affecting their academic performance.

As the world’s leading learning company, Pearson, shares Rodgers passion for uplifting learners through education. They have innovated teaching through technology and digital resources, levelling the playing field for learners at disadvantaged schools. The company have made considerable inroads in overcoming these challenges.

MyPedia Solution launched into several schools, which has served as an inventive answer to many of the challenges scholars had faced in the past. The technology has created a platform for learners to access resources they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.

Credit: Regency Global / SA INC

Science laboratories can be simulated digitally, and maths curriculums are presented in accessible lessons, which teachers can project on to screens in the classrooms. The best part about the platform is that all the programmes run off flash drives, so schools with no internet connection still have access to the content.

Being an educationally based company, Pearson understands the importance of a strong foundation. This is why they created their Vuma reading programme. They did this to combat the challenges of illiteracy.

Vuma provides culturally appropriate and recognisable stories and characters. By not mastering literacy at a young age, an enormous burden is placed on the rest of a child’s education. Through Vuma, however, South African children are confidently embracing reading, thereby increasing their chances of success.

Besides working on inventive solutions for learners, Pearson also offers bursaries and hosts a graduate development programme, which empowers students by equipping them with the skills and insight required to succeed in the business world.

Credit: Regency Global / SA INC

Their love for South Africa, and their commitment to making a meaningful difference to the country is evident through the learning solutions which Pearson offers. Education is often the only route – particularly for children from underprivileged backgrounds – to a better life. And by providing them with a decent education, it not only reduces the gap between the haves and the have-nots but also gives them a chance at the bright future they deserve.

As part of the #SAINC nation-building initiative, Pearson is joining a network of purpose-driven brands to share stories of positive progress in South Africa. These stories are being featured across social media in small snippets, just like the one below, but you will also be able to watch the full-length features live on television. You will find the airing times below.

28 April 2019 – eTV Open News – 18:30
29 April 2019 – eTV Open News – 15:30
11 May 2019 – SABC 2 – 14:30
02 June 2019 – eTV – 12:00
11 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 16:00
13 June 2019 – Business Day TV – 12:00

Watch a snippet of the story below:

Good Things Guy has partnered with Regency Global and Official Brand South Africa to bring you stories of how corporates and individuals are helping build our incredible nation.This week we're taking a look at an incredible South African company that has invested in more local content than ever, creating jobs and inspiring future generations to explore film and television careers.It's people and organisations like this that help move us forward!#GoodThings�#NationBuilding�#SAINC

Posted by Good Things Guy on Friday, 26 April 2019


Sources: Regency Global
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