In March, 2016: Rhino Africa is a founding partner of a digital learning campus, Justicia Digital Learning Campus, that aims to empower and educate children in rural South Africa. Good Work Foundation (GWF), one of the first organisations in Africa to bring tablets and learning apps to rural learners, to make learning fun and worthwhile for the children.
GWF’s CEO, Kate Groch, explains, “It is an example of a model that celebrates the word “nimble”. From a single campus, with a 100% locally recruited team, off a modest budget and using digital tools (often free apps), we have set out to create a new way of learning.”
Their model aims to deliver 21st Century learning opportunities to school-leavers and/or dropouts who do not have the test results or financial means to attend major tertiary institutions; and support local schools by providing them with supplementary learning environments and tools that support learning by discovery, powered by game-based learning applications. “The digital cloud means that rural communities have a chance to participate in the economy. That fact will change the world and – in South Africa – Good Work Foundation is proud to be leading the charge. Africa is about collaboration and our approach has been one that models ubuntu. We are working with our partners to show that change is possible when like-minded people come together to collaborate,” Groch says.
Justicia village is located 30 minutes drive from the well-known Paul Kruger Gate, an entrance to the Kruger National Park, and borders the Sabi Sand Private Game Reserve. The total population is not much more than 5000 people, all served by a single high school, two primary schools and a handful of preschools.
Rhino Africa has been a proud supporter of GWF since 2009. Rhino Africa’s CSR Manager, Teresa van der Bank, says, “Rhino Africa believes that community upliftment and education are key to empowering future generations of conservationists, innovators, and leaders. This is exactly what The Good Work Foundation does and why Rhino Africa is proud to be an Operational Partner and supporter of The GWF Justicia campus. For 2017, Rhino Africa will also support 3,000 primary school children at the Justicia Open Learning Centre. We are excited to see how this rural community will be impacted through world-class digital education.”
Between 2016 and 2018 Good Work Foundation plans to add three new digital learning campuses (Justicia is the first of the three) to rural Mpumalanga province, all located close to the Greater Kruger National Park. In total four Mpumalanga-based campuses will service 500 young adults, 25 rural schools and more than 10,000 schoolchildren.