School in a Box
Dozens of NGOs, schools and churches provide thousands of children from age 6 to 18 with quality educational content, either during or after school hours. We provide ongoing reporting and technical support to all these users. Some low-cost schools reduce their staffing costs like this, while others include it as part of an extra-curricular programme.
Zimbabwe, Cape Town
We are working with local entrepreneurs to develop a way of using the School in a Box as a tool able to completely operate micro-schools in multiple contexts. We’ve also developed a solar power kit, which is being used for this project. Our project manager is piloting a similar test centre in Mitchell’s Plain, South Africa.
National Lotteries Commission
Active Citizenship Project
A project funded by the National Lotteries Commission, using the School in a Box to not only educate learners, but also to identify and report on major societal and community concerns in wards across South Africa with a view to reducing protest action and allowing more focused service delivery.
Ten schools in rural KwaZulu Natal are some of the 3000+ schools in South Africa alone with multi-grade classes. Imagine teaching learners from two to three different grades in a single class, with minimal resources. The School in a Box is clearly a potential solution to this large-scale challenge. In addition, learners from these schools are learning how to code using the offline lessons contained in every SiB kit.
Cricket South Africa
Together with Cricket South Africa, we have multiple after-school hubs offering structured extra lessons to talented young cricketers in the afternoons using only a School in a Box and a single tutor. We’re able to supplement their school-based learning, much as we do with various other after-school users nationwide.
Learning a language, building respect
Imbeko is our language programme, giving English-speaking South Africans the chance to create cross-cultural friendships as they learn an African language (currently isiZulu and isiXhosa) from a specially trained tutor. Imbeko is an incredibly powerful way of contributing to nation-building and the growth of ubuntu in South Africa, providing a good income to dozens of tutors, and helping companies to broaden their staff’s cultural and racial integration.
We’re partnering with Aware.org and Teenactiv by digitising Life Orientation content, incorporating it into a dynamic portal, and making it available offline to learners at schools across South Africa. It’s a campaign to increase the awareness and reduce the incidence of underage drinking in high-risk communities.