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 longer period of time; typically the units remain in a school for a full school term (approximately 10 weeks) but in some cases can remain in one school for up to a year. In 2015, through funding from the Department of Science and Technology and Tirelo Bosha Mpilonhle is working to expand this program to provide these services to even more schools.