Corporate Social Investment
Via Afrika acknowledges the need to give back to the community which it serves, and which has been part of the company’s success. To this end, we maintain a positive involvement in Corporate Social Investment programmes. Via Afrika has demonstrated this commitment in the following ways over the last few years.
Via Afrika Tabtor Maths School Fund Booster
This exciting programme helps schools raise funds from encouraging those learners who need extra maths to use Via Afrika Tabtor Maths. For each subscription referred by the school, the school receives a commission towards school funds. If you want to know more about this programme click here.
Via Afrika Digital Education Centres (VADECs)
Via Afrika Digital Education Centres (VADECs) are converted shipping containers filled with 15 tablets, a computer, Wi-Fi internet access with Via Afrika sponsored data, more than 400 Via Afrika ebooks, apps and other digital content, as well as Via Afrika’s printed books and other library books. In partnership with Breadline Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we have donated 3 digital centres, now situated in the Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The teachers in the 3 schools where the VADECs are located are being trained twice a month on how to use technology, how to plan and present a lesson incorporating digital material and how to facilitate and manage the use of technology in the classroom.
The aim of these VADECs is to provide teachers and learners in rural areas the opportunity to work with technology and experience elearning. At the same time, these VADECs enable us as a company to trial and improve our digital material and establish the level of training and intervention required for a meaningful elearning experience to take place.
Children writing to grow smart
At Via Afrika, we work with educational texts that serve to enable teachers and learners to discover the joys of education. It is our task to team up with the authors, editors, illustrators, book designers, typesetters and printers to craft one person’s vision into a living object that benefits hundreds, even thousands, of others.
It has therefore been our privilege to work with Growthpoint, the WCED and these talented writers to publish these anthologies of experience and imagination. We were presented with stories that moved or delighted; artwork that showed aptitude and insight; and a passion that invigorated us in our tasks – quite an achievement for a group of people with many years of experience in the educational book industry. We look forward to being able to participate in further projects of this worth.
National Teaching Awards
Via Afrika is proud to have presented the People’s Choice Award at the Department of Basic Education’s Annual National Teaching Awards for 2012, 2013 and 2014. This award honours nine teachers (one from each province) each of whom have been nominated by their communities for their exemplary service to education. An overall winner receives the People’s Choice Award.
South African Schools Choral Eisteddford
Acknowledging the power of music, Via Afrika sponsors the annual South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) each year. SASCE gives the opportunity to more than 10 000 children from all nine provinces to take part in a music extravaganza and a cultural festival. Competitions at district and provincial level culminate in a national event. Via Afrika’s sponsorship assists each province as they move towards the national finals.
Future Digital Classroom: Proof of Concept – Gauteng Department
Via Afrika supported the Gauteng MEC’s initiative to promote future e-classrooms by donating digital products to the value of R100 000.00 to the five nominated schools in Gauteng. This is comprised of both the EPUB and Flipbook versions of our enhanced CAPS-aligned ebooks which include videos, simulations and interactive activities.
Eastern Cape elearning reference group
Via Afrika was invited to take part in the elearning reference group that came into existence as a resolution of the elearning summit held in East London early in the year. The main function of the group is to mobilise all relevant stakeholders in the education and ICT sectors to collaborate towards a sustained relationship with the department. One of our senior managers, Nelia Prinsloo, was nominated to form part of that team as part of our contribution to enhance quality of teaching, learning and assessment through elearning.