CoZa Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of UniForum SA, and Mindset Learn are set to distribute Grade 12 IT learning materials to more than 400 schools for the 2012 school year. This adds to the learning materials for Grades 10 and 11 the organisations delivered to some 300 schools during 2011.
The learning materials are expected to help learners at hundreds of schools to navigate the challenging and important final years of IT as a Matric subject before they embark on tertiary education and careers.
Mindset Learn is the schooling programme of Mindset Network, an NGO that develops curriculum-aligned content for learners and educators in South Africa and Africa.
The materials, developed by Mindset Learn, will be distributed for free by CoZa Cares to schools that serve thousands of pupils studying IT up to Matric level.
The Grade 12 materials comprise new content that has been aligned with the national curriculum. They offer up to 24.5 hours of content in 50 lessons, including 17 hours of computer-based, interactive multimedia lessons and 7.5 hours of video lessons.
Said CoZa Cares Manager, Fiona Wallace: “UniForum understands the importance of improving technology literacy and building the country’s base of IT skills for the future. We are delighted to work with an organisation that is striving to do exactly this in the form of Mindset Learn.”
Dylan Busa, schooling executive at Mindset Network said that the Grades 10 and 11 materials have proven to be a massive success. Now, with the Grade 12 materials, Mindset and CoZa Cares will deliver quality support for learners in the important subject of IT right up to Matric level.
“The success of the programme to date has come from the innovative technology we have developed and our focus on the curriculum, paired with support from sponsors such as CoZa Cares,” he added. “We look forward to extending the reach of this programme even further during 2012.”
UniForum SA is the organisation that maintains the .co.za domain registry and has made extensive investments in ICT skills development in South Africa. CoZa Cares has been a significant conduit for its social investment since 2001.
UniForum SA has long served as the largest supporter of the Internet Service Providers’ Association of SA’s (ISPA’s) “Train the Teacher” project over the past decade.