Children writing to grow smart 2016

At Via Afrika, we work with educational texts that 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 the talented young writers from schools across the Western Cape to publish this  anthology 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. We are thrilled to unveil the Children writing to grow smart 2016 digital anthology, which can be downloaded for free by simply clicking the cover image below! [Please note that this interactive PDF is best viewed on a desktop computer, using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for free,...

Support education now!

We are inviting South Africans to make a difference in education, with our new I Support Education initiative. I Support Education seeks to address two key educational challenges in South Africa: Digital training for teachers, and maths education for learners. Digital education holds enormous potential to catapult the South African basic education system well into the twenty-first century, if teachers themselves are properly trained to use emerging education technology to its full potential in an educationally sound way. Parallel to that, maths education for learners at primary school level is critical not only for individual success, but for the well-being of the country’s growth and economic development. “Every South African values education,” says CEO Christina Watson, “But it’s often difficult to know where to help, or how your donations and contributions are spent. With I Support Education, we wanted to create a way for any South African not only to donate to a teacher’s digital education training or a school’s maths education, but for them to see exactly where and how that money is spent.” Via Afrika’s I Support Education initiative challenges members of the public to get involved in two ways: 1. Support a teacher wanting to undergo digital education training through the Via Afrika Digital Education Academy, or 2. Support an eligible primary school wishing to subscribe to the Via Afrika Tabtor Maths programme. How to support a Teacher The Via Afrika Digital Education Academy (VADEA) provides training courses for teachers to grow their knowledge, skills and confidence in digital technologies and digital education practices. Teachers who have applied and been identified by Via Afrika to participate in VADEA...

Hello there, Hello Tutor!

Personalised learning is the future of education. With programmes like Via Afrika Tabtor Maths, we are seeing its benefits first-hand. But there are, of course, difficulties with personalised learning:  Each child cannot have their own dedicated teacher who crafts a learning plan for them (at least not in the traditional educational model). Technology, effectively combined with digital learning principles, could address the problems around personalised learning, and we are extremely excited to see South African companies take up the challenge of fixing education in innovative ways. One such a firebrand is Hello Tutor. Have a look at the video below to see what they are doing – and how they’re doing it! This visionary company brings together the power of technology and the community in a meaningful, accessible way – we simply love everything about them!   We caught up with James West, founder of Hello Tutor, to find out what the motivating factors behind Hello Tutor are. VA: James, why did you decide to start Hello Tutor? Hello Tutor aims to assist learners from all walks of life, but was developed specifically in response to the education crisis which exists in South Africa and other developing countries around the world. Education is fundamental to the health of a society and the significant difference between the quality of education received by privileged and under-privileged learners is something which puts a lot of people on the back foot early on in life. We hope, through Hello Tutor, to be able to bridge this gap using a medium which is becoming more and more available to everyone. VA: Where do you...

Via Afrika Tabtor Maths gets a physical address!

Via Afrika is opening an actual “bricks and mortar” outlet for the Via Afrika Tabtor Maths programme to meet the needs of learners who do not have access to a tablet device. The first Via Afrika Tabtor Maths Centre opens in June in Cobble Walk Shopping Centre, Durbanville. Membership to the Maths Centre will include a Via Afrika Tabtor Maths subscription, a dedicated online tutor as well as guidance from an in-centre expert maths teacher – all during two 30-minute sessions per week. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and look out for us in Media24 communications to find out about special offers for...

Bursary recipient announced at BCF event

Bursary: A word of hope for any aspiring student. It conjures ideas of hard work, and reaping the rewards of effort put in. Via Afrika is thrilled to announce that this past Friday, one such aspiring student’s dream came true. Jimmy Nevis’ Blue Collar Foundation has announced the first recipient of its new bursary programme. In partnership with Via Afrika, the foundation aims to provide educational opportunities for young South Africans by providing a learner from the matric class of 2015 with a bursary to help fund to further his or her education. Nevis’ brainchild and passion project, the Blue Collar Foundation, looks to inspire change and create opportunity for South Africa’s youth, allowing them to reach beyond the limits of their socio-economic backgrounds. The new partnership with Via Afrika focuses on the awarding of the first Jimmy Nevis Bursary to a learner who wishes to pursue an education in the Humanities. Explaining the decision to partner with Via Afrika, Nevis says: “For understandable reasons, throughout a child’s school-going years and particularly for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the primary focus is to get them to pass matric and into a tertiary institution. This is seen as a path out of poverty and a track to a better future. The downside, however, is that this blind focus on that one track fails to account for what happens after you achieve it, or if you don’t achieve it. “If you do achieve this goal without the proper guidance that CareerCompass can provide, a tertiary experience can turn out to be a wasted opportunity studying towards a career you don’t enjoy or love.  Additionally, for the...