At Fast Company (SA) we are deeply concerned about the impact of Covid-19 on education. In view of this, in our first Fast Company Talks virtual event, held on the 22nd May 2020, we focused on how technology can enable access to education as well as the challenges experienced when it comes to online education in South Africa.
During this discussion we were joined by an academics Prof Mmaki Jantjies from the University of Western Cape, teacher Mr Mike Mavovana from Hector Petersen Secondary School as well as our education content partner, Brainline.
Next week via our newsletter (Fast Company Brief) we will be sharing more content about our first virtual event which focused on the viability of e-learning in enabling access to education.
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Here’s a special message from Brainline:
Celebrating 30 years in the industry in 2020, we continue to do what we love; enabling more and more learners to achieve their National Senior Certificate through innovative distance education solutions.
As per the Basic Education Minister’s announcement, Gr7 and Gr12’s will return to school on 1 June 2020. While uncertainty persists about when other grades will go back to school, many parents are reluctant to return their children to school at all – especially those with underlying conditions like diabetes or asthma – for fear of contracting Covid-19. There are also concerns that children may contract the virus at school and infect family members, as well as the elderly and the most vulnerable in communities.
A large group of parents are now turning to home schooling or online schooling options. At Brainline, our passion is to provide quality education to our Gr R–12 students, as we believe learners have the right to uninterrupted academic time. We make use of the latest technologies to ensure an innovative online option.
As Brainline we were excited to be part of the webinar hosted by Fast Company, which hones in on the importance of technology and e-learning in the current educational climate.The importance of webinars such as these and the weekly sessions hosted by Brainline itself, cannot be underestimated as it helps parents find their way through the maze of information and assists them in making the correct decision for their child’s academic future.