The Technology for Rural Education Development (TECH4RED) project in the Cofimvaba schools district is a joint initiative between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Department of Basic Education (DBE), the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) and the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform (DRDLR) and is aimed at contributing to the improvement of rural education through technology-led innovation.

TECH4RED is rooted in the recognition that larger scale improvements to the education system are not limited to the domain of education departments alone, but require the combined efforts of public and private partners, together with civil society at national, provincial, and at District and Circuit level. For the DST, the primary purpose of TECH4RED is to create an opportunity to examine whether and how the introduction of new technologies, as well as technologies that have been tested in other contexts, will contribute to improvements to the quality of teaching and learning in a rural context. The quality of teaching and learning is influenced by a range of environmental factors, and thus TECH4RED is nvisaged to provide for a range of technology interventions including, amongst others, in ICTs, water and sanitation, health, nutrition and energy.

The ICT4RED aspect of TECH4RED aims to investigate how modern ICTs, such as tablets and mobile phones, can support teaching and learning in schools and prepare our children for the future. You, the educators, are a critical component of this strategy. Weneed to prepare our children for a world where technology and the world change so rapidly that their future jobs don’t yet exist. You will be introduced to new technologies, challenged and empowered to become the best of the best.

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