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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

Britehouse / hello tutor collaboration

Britehouse brings top teaching skills to underprivileged schools

 

Knowledge-sharing platform, Hello Tutor, housed in the Britehouse GOT-GAME digital hub helps to level playing fields in South African education

 

The Britehouse Group will break new ground in extending high quality teaching skills to underprivileged schools by sponsoring access to Hello Tutor. This expansion will take place in secondary schools in Diepsloot and Lanseria in Gauteng, and this year sees Britehouse broadening its support of Hello Tutor to include schools outside Gauteng, including two schools in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, and one in the Western Cape.

 

Hello Tutor is a knowledge-sharing platform to which teachers and other professionals with vetted teaching abilities can upload short video tutorials. This content is based on South African high school maths, science, and accounting curricula.

 

Schools, teachers, and individual students can download any tutorial from the Hello Tutor website, for just R2 per download, and view it as often as they like during a 48-hour window. The impact has already been felt, with approximately 200 learners from Kwena Malapo High School, Lanseria and Sunrise Secondary School, Diepsloot school consuming over a 1000 maths and science video tutorials in English and Zulu.

 

The reality is that these 200 learners have benefited from the equivalent of over 160 hours of quality teaching from leading South African teachers in the space of just two months.

 

Says Britehouse Corporate Social Investment manager, Emmeline Bester, “With easy, affordable access to teaching aids of a quality that underprivileged schools and students cannot otherwise afford a vast number of matriculants have had unlimited access to the platform in preparation for their final exams, which is reason enough for us to have sponsored two schools to date.”

 

“In addition to the far-reaching impact on education in our country, we were also specifically attracted to this initiative because of the use of universally available technologies, like the Internet and smartphones, to create access to the best teaching talent in the country. By removing the disadvantage in this particular way, Hello Tutor puts even the most remote, rural students on an equal footing with those in the country’s top private schools.”

 

The delivery mechanism for the video downloads is the Britehouse GOT-GAME digital hub which was placed at the school in early 2015. Housed in a container and equipped with smart technology and Internet and Wifi infrastructure, the hub provides a safe facility in which teachers, enterprises, and community development projects supported by technology can be hosted. This is managed by the school, which earns revenue from projects hosted in the hub. This is the case for the Diepsloot school, whose access to Hello Tutor has been renewed this year.

 

The GOT-GAME digital hub is the cornerstone of the 67 Day Digital Activation Movement which Britehouse launched in August 2015 and is open to all corporate sponsors. Based on the United Nations’ 67 seconds of activism initiative which celebrates Nelson Mandela’s birthday, the Movement focuses on completing community-based, technology driven projects within a repeatable cycle of 67 days.

 

This quickens tangible results for both communities and corporate sponsors.

 

As part of Britehouse’s continuous 67 Day Digital Activation Movement focus, Hello Tutor expanded its impact by placing a server in the hub to accommodate up to 20 students at a time. In addition, access to the server will be streamed into the school’s classrooms, without the need for the Internet in order to access the video tutorial library.

 

“There are other aspects of the Hello Tutor initiative that have a particular appeal to the Britehouse ethos of integration combined with innovation,” Bester says. “The tutors who upload videos are paid R1 every time one of their videos is downloaded. This gives teachers a source of residual income.”

 

“We have expanded this idea to teachers at the underprivileged schools which we support. Those who wish to convert existing Hello Tutor content into any of the official languages other than English, will also be paid R1 per download. This gives them a vested interest in using Hello Tutor’s high quality content, ensures improved education for their students, and gives the students an opportunity to learn in their home language.”

 

“Should the school participate in the process of uploading videos made by their teachers, then the school will get a portion of the R1 per download. This gives the schools a means of earning much needed extra income.”

 

Simply, the Hello Tutor platform is one of multiple possibilities, all enhancing one another. It benefits all stakeholders, from the schools and the teachers, to the parents of learners and, most importantly, the learners themselves.

 

In addition to the above benefits, because the Hello Tutor platform is digital, corporate sponsors, like Britehouse, are given an online dashboard which provides them with live insight into who is accessing the content and which languages, subjects, categories, and topics are most used. This enables a direct link to be drawn between the uptake of Hello Tutor content and exam results.

 

Says Hello Tutor, James West, “We started Hello Tutor two years ago because there was a substantial population of South Africans with the right teaching skills that simply weren’t reaching the South African student population at large.”

 

It became clear that the Internet was an obvious way to provide learners from all walks of life with access to the countries leading teachers and also do so in a language with which they are comfortable.

 

“Corporate sponsors like Britehouse and facilities like the Britehouse GOT-GAME hub take the concept that extra step further, by enabling communities where Internet penetration is low and technology is expensive to tap into the best teaching aids available,” says West.