COMPUTER LITERACY AND COMPUTER-BASED MATH & SCIENCE PROGRAMME
Mpilonhle initially provided short computer literacy classes (typically lasting about 2 weeks) within the schools that were visited by Mpilonhle’s mobile health units. However, due to the dire straits of Maths and Science education in South African rural schools in impoverished areas, this programme transitioned into a Computer-Based Math & Science Programme.
With support of the Old Mutual Foundation, Mpilonhle developed and piloted a computer-based education system of ruggedized computer units using an offline version of Khan Academy (KA-Lite). Mpilonhle uses these computer units and trained math coaches to supplement the math curriculum and instruction in rural schools through the collaboration of school administration and teaching staff. These computer units now function separately from the mobile health team and remain in the school in the schools for for the entire schools year;
Through funding from the Department of Science and Technology and Tirelo Bosha, Mpilonhle expanded this program to provide these services to even more schools. Currently Mpilonhle is piloting a mobile classroom to house the computers during the school year.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME “eep!”
The objective of this programme is to increase environmental awareness among youth in an area that is rich in natural beauty and resources, but in which few persons, either children or adults, has an appreciation of the need for conservation, or the role of nature reserves in sustaining our common heritage of ecological diversity. This project targets five schools nearby Phinda Game Reserve in the Umkhanyakude District where the learners, their teachers and their community will be actively engaged in exploring their natural heritage through educational and awareness programmes and visits to the game and nature reserves. This project is implemented in collaboration with endBeyond, the Africa Foundation, and Blue Sky.