iSchoolAfrica is an education initiative developed by Apple’s local Value Added Distributor, Core Group, which reaches under resourced rural and township schools across South Africa. The overall objective of the initiative is to empower teachers and students by providing them with access to the world’s most advanced educational technology and classroom practices. The iSchoolAfrica iPad Learning Programme combines mobile iPad labs with training, support, integration, monitoring and evaluation to address key challenges faced by our teachers and students to create a sustainable impact on education. To enable the rollout of iPads into schools, iSchoolAfrica works in partnership with programme sponsors from both government and the private sector.
The Peermont School Support Programme (PSSP) is a programme that supports the creation of centers of educational excellence in public schools. PSSP is an iSchoolAfrica sponsor and commissioned the implementation of the iSchoolAfrica iPad Learning Programme into Gugulesizwe Primary School. iSchoolAfrica was selected by PSSP as it provided a solution that not only covered ‘best of breed’ technology, but also a unique, supportive infrastructure that ensured systematic and sustainable impact on the students and teachers. The iSchoolAfrica iPad Learning Programme was introduced to Gugulesizwe Primary School in 2011 and has had a remarkable impact. Improvements have been observed in academic results, attendance and engagement. Additionally, iPad has allowed the school access to a host of world-leading educational content and resources that were not available to them previously.