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Teachers' Training program culminates at iWeek 2005

 

Two of South Africa's leading Internet organisations are committed to taking the benefits of Internet access to educators and schools throughout the country. During the last two years, the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) and UniForum SA (the co.za domain name registry) have provided training to 240 teachers in three provinces.

 

Each of these teachers has attended a week-long course during school holidays covering word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations and use of the Internet. Participants in the program are encouraged to pass on these skills to other educators and learners at their schools.

 

 

Feedback from the principals of the schools involved in the program has been very positive. Participants are using their skills to improve administrative efficiency at their schools, as well as running their own workshops for students and other teachers.

 

"After attending the course, our participant introduced classes for both learners and educators," commented Mr Sibanyoni, Principal of Davey Senior Secondary School, "Learners in both Grade 11 and Grade 12 are now able to type their own CVs."

 

The highlight of this year's training program will be the "SuperTeacher" 2003 award, to be made at the upcoming iWeek conference. Twenty of the top participants in the course have been invited to a ceremony on September 18th. An award will be presented to the teacher who has done the most to pass on the skills gained in the course to his or her school and community.

 

ISPA and UniForum intend to continue this important program next year, with the introduction of an intermediate-level course for existing participants in the program and by running courses in provinces not previously targeted.

 

About UniForum SA: Since 1995, UniForum has been the custodian of the CO.ZA domain name registry. As well as running one of the most efficient and cost-effective domain registry services in the world, UniForum is also an active supporter of Internet development projects through its "CO.ZA Cares" program. For more information, please visit http://co.za.

 

About ISPA: The Internet Service Providers' Association represents the interests of more than 60 South African Internet companies. The organisation participates actively in telecommunications policy development and operates the Johannesburg Internet Exchange. The teachers' training program was initiated by ISPA in 2001. For more information, please visit http://www.ispa.org.za.

 

About iWeek: Internet Week is an annual event bringing together all of the key players in the South African Internet market. This year's conference is jointly hosted by ISPA, UniForum SA and the Department of Communications. In the best Internet tradition, the conference is open to the public at no charge. For more information, please visit http://www.ispa.org.za/iweek.

 

Issued by: ISPA Social Development Committee and UniForum SA

 

Queries: Ant Brooks 083-326-3933

 

Thumbnails of the Superteacher 2005 pictures are below. Click on the picture to see a full-sized image.

 

 

 

iWeek 2009

iWeek 2009 conference and exhibition,
Bryanston, Johannesburg,
2-4 September 2009.

Please contact ISPA for sponsorship and exhibition queries:
iweek (at) ispa.org.za


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