Khanya Team in South Cape Leads the Way
A training session geared at training the Curriculum Advisors (CA’s) of the SC/Karoo EMDC in the educational software packages Khanya are installing and using in their schools was held on 2 March 2006. It was a valuable session which has gone some way to strengthening the working relationship between the CA’s and Khanya - a mutually beneficial partnership which benefits both the educators and the learners in Khanya schools.
Anette van Rooyen – Khanya EMDC co-ordinator – believes that the CA’s have a vital role to play in leading and supporting the curriculum delivery process using technology in partnership with Khanya and she was therefore delighted when she was approached by Phillip Williams, Chief Curriculum Advisor, to arrange this training session.
With the active support of the entire SC/Karoo Khanya team, Anette was able to arrange an informative, well-structure and professionally executed training session which gave insight into the objectives of Khanya, the implementation process and, very importantly, each software program. The latter was done by means of a hands-on session that gave each CA the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to support the delivery of the curriculum using technology.
It was here in particular that the Khanya team of facilitators and Christelle Barkhuizen, the Project Implementation Manager, came into their own as each member took charge of one or more software programs and introduced the CA’s to it. They showed them how the particular program works practically, what its strengths are and how it can be used to achieve particular objectives in the classroom.
The slick presentation by the South Cape team was enthusiastically received by the CA’s who now have a greater confidence regarding the use and implementation of the Khanya educational software and how this can be linked to the classroom activities to achieve the specific educational outcomes. They commented positively that they now had a greater understanding of their role and responsibility regarding curriculum support and the available technology in schools.
The Khanya team in the South Cape have shown through this kind of initiative what can be achieved when all the role players work together and the CA’s have come away with the insight they believe will now direct their supporting role in the planning and implementation of the e-School plan.