The Worldbank Book Project received a substantial boost from South African service-based companies, Communications Management Support and Pro Staff and Labour Outsourcing to deliver 30 000 books to more than 20 schools in the Umlazi school district in the Kwazulu Natal province in South Africa.
The Margot Fonteyn Secondary school, who served as the distribution hub in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide, managed the substantial donation that benefited more then 20 schools.
School principals, School district officials and Library directors in the region gathered on 23 June at the Margot Fonteyn Secondary School to officially launch the project. Representing Learning Academy Worldwide, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter, reminded delegates of the importance of books in supporting literacy improvement in South Africa.
For many schools, the books provided a renewed interest to re-establish their Libraries as the resource center for learning in their schools. "This moment is also an opportunity to see the value that books bring to expanding the immagination and regain the lost art of listening", explained School Circuit Manager, Ms Mandraj.
Margot Fonteyn Secondary School principal, Mr Ndlovu (seen to the the left of Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter) considered the timing of the donation of books indicative of the value of the moment.
In his vote of thanks, Dawnridge Primary School principal, Mr Pillay carefully delineated the importance of books and promised to take the challenge of making the book donation count for his school and the communities that they serve.
Schools who attended the launch were offered websites funded and maintained for 1 year by Communications Management Support.
After more than a year-long collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, the 30 000 books donated by the World Bank Book Project are being distributed in the Durban area in South Africa.
Destined for more than 25 schools, most of the books are for Primary Schools. Several thousand books are also for Secondary School reference and textbook needs. The Margot Fonteyn Secondary Schoo from Klaarwater in the KwaZulu-Natal province is the distributing center for the books in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide.
The books form part of the Academy's literacy improvement initiatives in South Africa.
Several schools sites throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) after 20 MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy improvement initiatives in the country.
Head of School, Dr. Beth Pfannl together with Educational Technology Coordinator, Ms Tracy Arnold, handed over 20 MacBooks to Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter in Rome this week.
f.l.t.r. - Ms Tracy Arnold, Mr Theophilus Van rensburg Lindzter and Dr Beth Pfannl. Far right, Mr van Rensburg Lindzter and Dr Pfannl at the school entrance in Rome.
The donation enables the creation of several media-production-centers (MPCs). These centers will be the hubs for teacher-lead, off-the-grid solutions that will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.
Mobile devices, largely recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, will "talk" via refurbished routers and the MacBooks, creating a local internet accessible within the parameters of the school. Rural schools, where unreliable internet connection is the norm, will be able to access curriculum-related content on any browser-based interface.
The MacBooks are also powerful production tools enabling students and teachers to create their own content for project requirements.
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The SPRINT FOUNDATION, USA, donated 500 recycled mobile phones for the 4th Phase of Learning Academy’s literacy and numeracy improvement projects in South Africa.
Sprint has partnered with Learning Academy Worldwide since 2008, after the MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant of just over $60 000 for the M-Ubuntu project.
Learning Academy Worldwide currently collaborates with some 10 schools in 4 provinces in South Africa, creating an interest in the use of inexpensive mobile devices to deal with the literacy needs of the country's school-going children and young people.