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Thursday, August 01, 2019

Digital age brought to rural village | Local news - Hazyview Herald

GWF now operates five digital learning campuses, named the “Hazyview Cluster” after the largest campus and combined, the campuses reach over 7 000 rural people every week, inform Mariana Balt, Editor at Hazyview Herald.

Guests at the opening of the new digital campus at Dumphries Village.
Photo: Amanda Ritchie
The digital learning revolution continues to grow in Bushbuckridge with award-winning South African non-profit, Good Work Foundation (GWF), last week opening a fifth digital learning campus in Dumphries village, adjacent to the Greater Kruger National Park.

Together with its partners, Sir Richard Branson’s Ulusaba, Dulini Private Game Reserve, Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve, Inyati Private Game Reserve, the Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust, the All Heart Fund, and the Dumphries community, GWF officially launched the Dumphries Digital Learning Campus on July 26, a high-tech campus that will benefit adults and schoolchildren from the community.

GWF’s core programmes are already operational at Dumphries. The Bridging Academy is a year-long course that enables adults to become proficient in skills that are required in a 21st century workplace, bridging the gap between high school work and further studies. The Open Learning Academy focuses on English literacy, maths literacy, digital literacy, environmental awareness, and life skills for schoolchildren...

GWF is one of the few NGOs in South Africa focusing on digital learning opportunities for young adults and pupils living in rural communities. GWF does this via digital learning campuses and has started the process of adding enterprise start-ups to the campuses to complete an ecosystem of learning and working. At the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, there is a fully operational IT service desk where clients include T-Systems, Eskom, and FiatChrysler. GWF’s adult education programmes create digital citizens capable of starting their own businesses or entering the digital marketplace, including the on-campus enterprise.

Source: Hazyview Herald