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“But, imagine for a moment, that the knowledge banks of online learning initiatives such as Hello Tutor or GetSmarter were within the grasp of those struggling to complete their schooling, or who wanted to re-skill themselves to compete for higher-paying jobs or start a business.” Huffington Post

hello tutor – disrupting education in SA

Disrupting education

Hello tutor disrupting education in Lanseria – Satisfied learners!

 

Three years ago, almost to the day, we set off on a mission to create a system capable of efficiently and effectively disrupting the education sector by bridging the gap in the level of education received by South African learners from different walks of life. We wanted a system able to better utilise the country’s teaching talent and bring this talent into the classrooms of under-serviced, underprivileged learners around the country.  Hello tutor has grown from strength to strength since that day and has, through it’s first corporate collaboration with the visionary Britehouse group, effectively delivered thousands of video lessons created by SA’s top teaching talent into 5 schools situated in some of the country’s poorest townships, including Umlazi and Diepsloot. The project began in 2016, and a letter received earlier this week from one of the schools is a testament to the value of the resource and the potentially game-changing impact that it could have.

Letter of thanks

You see, our hub system, which enables offline usage of the online hello tutor resource (and thus can be put anywhere) and access to over 1200 maths and science video lessons in English and Zulu, has been designed in such a way that it is highly scalable, replicable and cost-effective. The next stage in this journey is to take the impact achieved at the existing 5 hubs and grow it to over 50 hubs by the end of 2017, and thereafter work towards the final objective of a hub within walking distance of every South African. What began as a dream and a vision is slowly becoming a reality. Should you wish to join our current corporate collaborators in supporting a hub/s and be a part of a potentially disruptive revolution in education in South Africa, please send me an email at james@hellotutor.co.za or a message here and we can explore possibilities. Thank you for your time – I hope to hear from you!

hello tutor subscriptions now available!

hello tutor users exploring the library of content and benefitting from subscriptions

hello tutor subscriptions now available!

We are pleased to announce that hello tutor has added a subscriptions option where R49 per month provides learners with unlimited, unrestricted access to all of our learning videos. And, if you sign up before the end of January 2017, you’ll get one-month free. Yes, the whole of February 2017 – absolutely FREE!

So, R49 per month for unlimited, unrestricted access to 1400 maths and science videos (with a few accounting and geography videos too). All you have to do is either;

  1. Send us an email at enquiries@hellotutor.co.za using the promo code HTMC17SUBS and we’ll send you the application form or,
  2. Contact us through the contact page on the homepage (subscribe here) and quote the same promo code (HTMC17SUBS).

It’s that easy.

hello tutor recognized at SA Business Awards

Learners benefitting from maths and science video lessons

 

2016 has been a quite unbelievable year with one of our biggest achievements coming through the corporate sponsorship provided by the visionary Britehouse Group who, for their efforts were recognized as the winner in the Corporate Citizenship Category at National Business Awards. The following outlines what they have achieved and how we have contributed to the education of 1000’s of underprivileged learners across South Africa…

Corporate Citizenship

The Britehouse Group has broken new ground with Britehouse GOT-GAME™, the digital centre of their social investment initiatives. Not only has the Group extended both the reach and impact of these initiatives within the communities they were first established, but they have also ensured that these initiatives become self-sustaining and replicable, thereby allowing other communities to benefit from corporate social investment.
This journey started in 2010, when after having met with ten students and four teachers of the Kwena Molapo High School in Diepsloot, the Group sought to build an ethos of financial independence and social stability within underserved communities.
Together with their partner, social enterprise, Got-Game, the Group focused on erecting and managing digital hubs in order to improve teacher and student development, access to information, employment, empowerment of women, and enterprise development. Known as Britehouse GOT-GAME™, it is equipped with smart technology and Internet access, and provisioned with an online repository of accredited education resources. These digital hubs can be set down anywhere to facilitate the empowerment of underserved and underprivileged communities by providing a facility from where teachers, enterprises, and community development projects can be hosted.
Take, for instance, a single hub hosted in Diepsloot. Here students from the community receive a stipend from corporate sponsors to manage the hub, which creates a myriad of simultaneous possibilities that are then made available to people from different sections of that community.

hello tutor

These students and teachers then have access to high-quality teaching skills through Hello Tutor, the knowledge-sharing platform. In fact, Hello Tutor’s video library receives content from the likes of St Mary’s, Waverly, and the prominent publishing house, Via Afrika. Not only does the library continue to grow by over 100 videos each month from institutions of this calibre, but their wider involvement has enabled us to broaden the platform’s scope to include new subjects and to extend the coverage down to grade R.
To date, approximately 1300 high school maths and science videos are now available, of which 300 videos are available in Zulu. This provides many learners with the opportunity to understand these concepts in their own language. In total, an impressive 3150 videos have been consumed. Over this past year, we have seen roughly 500 learners from five schools across the country, including Sunrise Secondary School (Diepsloot), Kwena Molapo Comprehensive Farm School (Lenasia), Shumayela High School (Umlazi), Zwelibanzi High School (Umlazi), and Newhaven Secondary School (Chatsworth).
Through the Group’s support, Hello Tutor has been able to develop the hub technology which will enhance the lives of 1000s of underprivileged South African students.
In addition to the benefit felt by learners, Britehouse GOT-GAME™ provides professional teacher development and IT training. Teachers from under-resourced schools, in particular, are now able to leverage the wealth of information provided by the video tutorials and draw upon the expertise and methodologies of teachers around the country in their own teaching and lesson planning.
Britehouse GOT-GAME™ also facilitates annual basic computer readiness training to the entire matric classes of its two beneficiary schools. The Group has then expanded its educational development focus to providing world-class vendor SAP and Microsoft technology platforms to its beneficiaries.
In 2015, the Group was accredited as a Top Empowered Company by Impumelelo, making it one of 1 400 out of 20 000 companies to receive this recognition. The criteria applied by Impumelelo in assessing South African companies for their transformation capabilities include ownership, management control, skills development, new enterprise and supplier development, and socio-economic development.
People are also able to find employment on both a local and international scale with the IT skills they can acquire through the hub. These skills include data capturing, document creation, and performing other online projects for organisations. Moreover, thanks to the Britehouse GOT-GAME™ portal, people can also find employment outside the scope of IT by applying for jobs online and posting their CVs for businesses to find.
Beyond IT and teacher development, the hub is also used to train previously unemployed women in the basics of running a small business. Collaborating with the Diepsloot Pre-Schools Project and Training Force, 23 teaching assistants from 19 pre-schools in Diepsloot were trained to run pre-schools in underprivileged areas. This training earns each of the women their certification as accredited ECD specialists, which serves to convert their pre-schools into early childhood development centres, thereby giving children a means to succeed at school that their circumstances would otherwise deny them. It also qualifies their small businesses for funding from the Department of Social Development, thereby putting them on a sustainable footing. Let’s not forget that the hub is then managed by the high school on whose grounds it has been placed, who earns revenue from projects that are hosted in the hub.
In an effort to deepen the impact of Britehouse GOT-GAME™, the Group has incorporated into its broader enterprise development initiatives via a partnership with the founder of Got-Game, Arthur Wade Anderson.
Believing there to be few things more powerful than a social entrepreneur empowering social enterprises, the Group provides Anderson with business mentorship, as well as input in the form of solutions or SED spend from its own vendor network, including SAP and Microsoft. As the direct liaison with the community, Anderson is then responsible for and facilitates the management of Britehouse GOT-GAME™ and oversees any points of presence extended from the hub to other communities or organisations. He and his organisation identify other small enterprises and matches them to the enterprise and skills development obligations of large organisations. Together, they will grow Britehouse GOT-GAME™ as part of Anderson’s 100% black-owned social enterprise and position his business to help micro-businesses become adequately professionalised.

The dream

Ultimately, the Group believes that corporate social investment is evolving into a form of social entrepreneurship which not only solves social problems through business-like approaches but actively fosters entrepreneurial behaviour in marginalised communities.
Britehouse GOT-GAME™ is the cornerstone of the Group’s multi-layered socio-economic development (SED) initiative known as the #67DayDigitalActivationMovement (the Movement). The Movement, which is modelled on the United Nations’ 67 minutes of activism used annually to honour Nelson Mandela, invites and enables corporates to complete measurable community-based, technology-driven projects within repeatable, short timeframes.
Essentially, this allows the Group to provide and maintain cohesive, sustainable community benefits while enabling the distribution of benefits on a much broader front throughout South Africa by outsourcing its SED. Effectively, each hub creates a multiplier effect, with communities benefitting from a continuously enriched and expanding SED focus, and if corporates then also take the 67 Day approach, the multiplier effect becomes exponential.

hello tutor corporate collaborations

hello tutor partners with corporates to provide curriculum aligned maths and science video content to schools through hello tutor hubs. Each hub contains all the material available on the internet-based platform, but is set up on a server at the school to allow unlimited access with no need for an internet connection. It’s how we are able to bring the best in South African teaching to each and every learner, even those is rural settings. It’s how we are building our presence around the country through partnerships with like-minded businesses such as Britehouse. It’s how, over time, we intend revolutionising education!

Via Afrika Collaboration

Via Afrika Collaboration

hello tutor is delighted to announce the collaboration with Via Afrika, a leading South African publishing house in the education sector with a strong presence in printed materials, digital materials and adult education. Via Afrika has received numerous awards over the years, including the South African Booksellers Association’s Sefika Best Educational Publisher award for three consecutive years, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Furthermore, their CAPS aligned Via Afrika Series has the highest approval rate for a single series in the industry. As impressive as these accolades are, it’s Via Afrika’s activity and growing presence in the digital education space which attracted hello tutor to the association.

In much the same way that hello tutor has established hubs across the country bringing high quality learning resources to underserviced South African students, so Via Afrika have rolled out digital education centres in the Free State, Limpopo and Mpumalanga each containing printed textbooks, fifteen tablets, and a computer, all of which are loaded with educational software, more than 400 Via Afrika eBooks and the Via Afrika apps. It’s alignment such as this and elsewhere which has made the partnership one worth pursuing and one which we at hello tutor are extremely excited about.

With hello tutor’s maths and science library focused largely on high school learners, Via Afrika brings to the collaboration an interactive personalized maths learning programme for Grade R to Grade 6 learners, Tabtor Maths. Through the app, which is available across most smart devices, children are able to receive personal attention from a tutor who marks and guides each child with worksheet level feedback. The results speak for themselves, with typical improvement of 2 – 5 times in performance within 7 – 10 weeks of using the programme. It’s innovative, cutting edge use of technology to engage with learners on a large scale at affordable prices such as this, which has brought the two parties together in a collaboration filled with possibilities.  Watch this space…

To find out more about Via Afrika and Tabtor Maths visit their website at www.viafrika.com or engage with them on Facebook at Via Afrika

Onwards and upwards

The latest view from our admin dashboard reflects over 500 tutors registered on the system; 1073 video tutorials uploaded by leading South African teachers across high school maths and science in English, Zulu and Afrikaans; and well over 2500 students making use of the platform. For more information on how you can get involved, contact us at james@hellotutor.co.za.

hello tutor bridges the gap

Check out this recent article in ITWeb following our implementation of hello tutor at two disadvantaged schools in Johannesburg, namely Sunrise Secondary and Kwena Molapo High School. This was part of our collaboration with Britehouse, a division of Dimension Data, who sponsored both schools unlimited access to the online maths and science lessons. Its partnerships such as this – real, direct and transparent which make a difference and change the lives of people who are put on the back foot