Celebrating world teachers day, this piece reflects on how South African teachers adapted to using technology to reshape learning during the COVID-19 global pandemic.


Artificial Intelligence and Data in Education: POLICY CONSIDERATIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa there are high expectations that digital innovations can help a large majority of under-resourced and under-performing schools leapfrog the gap between themselves and a small number of globally competitive peers. From remote teaching and intelligent tutoring to learner management and automated grading systems, digital technologies have been implemented to mitigate some of the resource challenges facing educational institutions while enabling better decision-making in administrative and management processes. Now, emerging data-driven tools, including artificial intelligence (AI) and sub-fields like machine learning (ML), promise a new level of…


Many South African schools don’t have computer labs or other digital technology. South Africa’s education system is complex, with historical inequalities dating back to apartheid. Most of the country’s pupils come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Language is an issue; most pupils do not speak English as a mother tongue, yet English dominates in many classrooms. And, as the COVID-19 crisis has showed, there’s a huge digital divide at play.

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The ongoing effects of the virus have kept pupils and teachers at home. This has necessitated a move to e-learning. In theory, this could be an important step towards a fairer education…


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South Africa, like most countries in the world, has ordered all schools to close to try and stop the spread of COVID-19.

Many schools have also asked parents to ensure that learning continues at home. Online learning is an obvious way to keep lessons going; however, only a few schools have well-established online learning systems. Additional challenges for parents can include connectivity problems, limited data access and power blackouts.

For many parents, taking on their children’s education is a daunting prospect. But there are…


As we annually celebrate women in the month of August in South Africa this year was no different. As a South African female mobile software developer and researcher in computing, diversity and inclusion are topics close to my heart. In previous years (pre-independence) black South Africans were largely excluded from STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) career paths. In celebrating women’s month I reflect on two ways in which University environments can be used to diversify the STEM sector.

Grassroot awareness

Universities are often at times seen as ivory towers and sometimes seen as inaccessible to the working class. Working with amazing…


By Mmaki Jantjies, University of the Western Cape

South Africa says it is pushing ahead to grasp the many opportunities presented by the fourth industrial revolution. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a commission of experts to explore what this fusing of the physical, digital and biological worlds, driven by technology, will mean for the country.

One of the areas in which technology is already playing a major role is the school system with some South African schools having already embraced it. President Ramaphosa announced in his 2019 state of the nation address that tablets would be rolled out to all…


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The UNESCO teachers Information and Communication Technology (ICT) competency framework (2011) outlines key critical factors that can enable teachers to transfer these skills to future generational human resources. Of particular interest in the framework, is teachers being able to have a basic understanding and awareness of policies of ICT in education, knowledge and awareness of curriculum and assessment, basic tools and classrooms to support this and digital literacy skills which learners can draw from and emulate. These factors provide an ideal which schools across the African continent could strive to have with the pragmatic view that digitally literate teachers can…


South African children from underprivileged township and rural areas, often lack an opportunity to learn about the vast science study areas available to them. Top ranked universities, niche science areas and city living, often seem like a far-fetched dream when battling socioeconomic challenges within such locations. These challenges also contribute to the stark lack of transformation in niche science areas, as children would only learn about related opportunities, once and if only they even make it into higher learning education.

In breaking down the stereotypical view that they cannot form part of these communities and one day lead ground-breaking innovations…


After attending an African World Economic Forum workshop on the 4th Industrial Revolution and chairing a working session on ethics and governance, I summed up my experience of the workshop using story telling through my two preferred movies, Hidden Figures and Black Panther

Africa needs to create a workforce to man or rather, to lead the revolution..

In the movie hidden figures, upon the arrival of the IBM 7090 which was the first transistor based computer, Dorothy Vaughan knew that her human computer team would be dispensable if they could not adapt by learning the required Fortran language as the…

Mmaki Jantjies

Mom| Academic | Ed-tech Researcher| loves myAfrica | Has a passion for #mobile learning #VR and AR #data ethics #womeninSTEM www.mmakij.co.za

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