30 students from Limpopo village of Gija-Mhandzeni in South Africa have proven online learning platform can improve scores at school. This particular group of students has seen tremendous improvement in their Math scores.
Despite the fact the students were learning at a rural school, one that lacks the resources to connect them to the internet. The students nonetheless became tech-savvy learners thanks to a program by Bongani Mabaso, who initiated connected learning in rural school through the MTN Solution Space at the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB).
Mabaso identified that many students were poor in Math and technology, so he began teaching a Saturday mathematics club for the Grade 8 and 9 via Facebook.
“The initiative was actually part of my research into the development of 21st-century skills in rural learners. When you look at the literature and also speaking to the teachers and learners in rural schools, you quickly realize that many poor and rural schools are not equipping their learners with 21st-century skills,” explains Mabaso.
The Connected Learning Mathematics Club set up by Mabaso faced a lot of challenges, the biggest of which being …read more