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Xhariep Learners at 2017 Language Festival

Learners and teachers from schools in the Xhariep District are taking part in the Provincial Language Festival for Primary Schools Learners!

The Festival is taking place at the President Hotel on 07 and 08 September. Learners are participating in Spelling Bee, Reading & Book Review, Poetry and Debate activities.

The Language Festival forms part of the Literacy Week running from 01 to 07 September. According to the MEC for Education, Hon. Tate Makgoe, "The Language Festival aims to improve literacy skills among primary school learners."

We wish our young participants all the best!

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Parent's Join National Book Week!

In today's session, parents were invited to join the National Book Week activities.

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Staff from the DTDC and teachers assisted parents to help their children with reading and other homework activies.

The teachers and parents also developed strategies for further cooperation that would improve learner attainment.

Thank you to those parents who took the time to join today's activities!

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National Book Week is taking place from 5 to 11 September 2017.

Join FUNDA BALA in making South Africa a reading nation by sharing the love of reading with those around you. National Book Week’s #READ_A_BOOK campaign is about getting South Africa reading and everyone can do something to get more people reading and to celebrate the magic of books.

How do schools get involved?

Encourage the schools in your district to take part and get involved in the #READ_A_BOOK campaign.
Learners can dress up as their favourite book character.
Set time aside to have fun with books through animated storytelling and book reading.
Invite elders in the community to tell stories.
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Change Leadership for ICT Integration


School Management Teams (SMT) from schools in the Mohokare and Letsemeng Circuits are taking part in the Change Leadership for ICT Integration course, developed by SchoolNet South Africa.

The focus of the course is to prepare the SMT to implement and manage the introduction and integration of digital devices at their schools.

The course started in August and will run until March 2018.

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Air force base visit

Visit to air force base: National Science Week

Learners from our district enjoyed the privilege of visiting the Bloemspruit Air Force Base as part of National Science Week acitvities. Two majors from the airforce explained how a fighter helicopter operates. Learners were also able to get up close to this awesome aircraft.

The staff from the airforce base strongly emphasised the need for learners to perform well in Mathematics and Science to pursue careers in the South African airforce. The learners were informed of the many career opportunities available in the airforce.

IMG 20170830 WA0005We hope this visit will inspire a new generation of pilots and engineers in aeronautics!

National Science Week


The Xhariep DTDC arranged for learners from our district to visit various institutions of science and technology during National Science Week in August this year.

Learners were taken to various Photo Voltaic plants where they were shown how sustainable energy is produced through solar power. Learners were hosted by officials from ESKOM and ENEL Green Power. Learners also enjoyed the opportunity to question the officials about possible career opportunities in this industry.

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WOW Spelling Festival

The Words Open Worlds spelling fest is an initiative by the University of Stellenbosch to help improve learners' language and spelling abilities.

The festival took place in the Xhariep District for the first time this year, where 14 schools and approximately 250 learners (Grade 3 to Grade 10) participated!

Well done to those schools and learners who participated!



Tablet Training in Philippolis


Teachers from the three schools in the southern Free State town of Philippolis attended training sessions to complete the Intel Education: Tablets in the Classroom course.

These teachers were teachers were trained in the following:

  • Navigating, storing and sharing documents and information using an Android device
  • Finding, installing and evaluating educational apps
  • Integrating tablets into their curricula and using tablets for electronic assessment
  • Managing the integration of tablets in the classroom

Many of the teachers stated that the course helped them to overcome their fear of using digital technology in the classroom.

We at the Xhariep District Teacher Development Centre certainly look forward providing further support to this enthusiastic group of teachers!

Interested in attending the course? Contact the ICT

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Professional development of school ICT champions

To further support teachers who are integrating digital technology at their schools in the district, Fezile Dabi DTDC invited them to participate in a Microsoft Innovation workshop that incorporates the 21st Century Learnng Design Course.

Partipants got trained on the following topics

  1. Elements of 21st Century Learning Design
  2. Learner Collaboration in Task
  3. Skilled communication using Digital Technology
  4. Knowledge Construction using Digital Technology
  5. Regulating Long Term Learning Activities
  6. Real-World problem Solving
  7. Planning the inclusion of Digital Technologies in Learning Activities.
  8. Pratical Examples of 21st Century Learning Design
Innovation in Teaching

21st Century Learning Design

This enthusiastic group of teachers attended the 21st Century Learning Design (21CLD) course that forms part of the Microsoft Innovation Training programme.

Teachers were trained on 21st Century skills that would help them to design and implement lessons and projects as part of their teaching programmes. The 21st Century skills that were trained in are:

  • Collaboration - Designing lessons where learners work in structured, role-assigned groups.
  • Knowledge Construction - Designing lessons where learners are encouraged to construct their own knowledge instead of simply receiving knowledge.
  • Self-Regulation - Designing lessons where learners take responsibility for their own decisions during projects.
  • Real-World Problem Solving - Curriculum-based lesson are redesigned to allow learners the opportunity to identify, address and
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World Book Day

World Book and Copyright Day 2017

23 April was first proclaimed as World Book and Copyright Day by UNESCO in 1995.

This day is observed by millions of people in over 100 countries, in hundreds of voluntary organisations, schools, public bodies, professional groups and private businesses. In this lengthy period, World Book and Copyright Day has won over a considerable number of people from every continent and all cultural backgrounds to the cause of books and copyright. It has enabled them to discover, make the most of and explore in greater depth a multitude of aspects of the publishing world: books as vectors of values and knowledge, and depositories of the intangible heritage; books as windows onto the diversity of

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Library Week 2017

The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) is celebrating South African Library Week from 18-26 March 2017 with the theme

“My Library, Your Library“

and sub-themes: “My Library, My Home”, “Mind your Library” and “Tell me about your Library”.

The theme “My Library, Your library” takes libraries into the heart of the community and strives to awaken a sense of ownership in each community member. Although not recognized as such, a library nourishes and sustains its community so this theme encourages and motivates members of our society to reflect on the role and value of libraries in their lives. The theme encourages people to take libraries to heart and to treat these as their homes so that destroying

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Fezile Dabi DTDC DLC Certification awards ceremony

Fezile Dabi DTDC's pride lies with the success of 67 Out-of-School youth. They successfully completed their Microsoft Digital Literacy Certification (DLC). 

Microsoft Digital Literacy is an essential computing skills curriculum that builds basic knowledge and concepts about computing today. The course topics covered include:

  • Computer Basics
  • The Internet and World Wide Web
  • Productivity Programs
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Digital Lifestyles

Seated with the succesfully certified youth  is Fezile Dabi Centre Manager Mme Potsane and the Microsoft Student to Business (S2B) intern Mofokeng Mohau. The event was a great success.

UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017

Towards sustainable future through Multilingual Education

“On the occasion of this Day, an appeal has been launched for the potential of multilingual education to be acknowledged everywhere, in education and administrative system, in cultural expressions and the media, cyberspace and trade.”

                                                                                          Irina bokova,UNESCO Director-General

UNESCO celebrates International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 21, 2017 under the theme “Towards Sustainable Future through Multilingual Education”. To foster sustainable development, learners must have access to education in their mother tongue and in other languages. It is through the mastery of the first language or mother tongue that the basic skills of reading, writing and numeracy are acquired. Local languages, especially minority and indigenous, transmit culture, value and traditional knowledge, thus playing

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Xhariep District celebrates top achievements!

The Xhariep District kicked off the 2017 academic year with Start-Up workshops held for the various phases.

The Xhariep District's achievement were highlighted by the Director, Mr MJ Mothebe. The Xhariep District celebrated with the following achievements:

  • Top performing district in the Province!
  • Top performing circuit (Mohokare) in the Province!
  • Second-best performing district in the Country!

This certainly contributed to the Free State Province achieving the top spot in the country.

Last year the District's motto was "Xhariep learners deserve better: Act now!". Given the 2016 Grade 12 results, this motto has been changed to "Xhariep learners deserve the best!"

Everyone in our District will certainly work to ensure that our learners receive the best.

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Intel Tablet Training
Staff from Lere La Thuto Secondary, Zastron, attended the first part of the Intel Education: Tablets in the Classroom training course. The teachers were treated to a short workshop on the use of the E-Beam interactive system that allows any whiteboard to become an interactive one.
The teachers were ably assisted by Mr Wynand Viljoen from the Central University of Technology (CUT). As an experienced user of the E-Beam system, Mr. Viljoen was able to share innovative tips and tricks to make lessons more interesting, captivating and more fun for both learners and teachers.
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Fezile Dabi DTDC Closing Meeting

Staff meeting of DTDC

 Fezile Dabi DTDC Closing Extravagant meeting, closing the year 2016 with an impact.

Venue: public library (Kroonstad)

Time: 10:00 – 14:30

Opening prayer was conducted by Ms. Tlelima.

PROGRAMME PART 1 (10:00 – 11:00)

  1. Opening and welcome  by Mrs DA Potsane

  2.  NTA by Dr Khambule

  3. Way foraward 2017

PROGRAMME PART 2 (11:00 – 13:00)

  1. Introduction of Guest Speaker by Mrs S Swanepoel

  2.  Motivational Session by Dr Tholoana

  3. Toast By Mrs DA Potsane

PROGRAMME PART 3 (14:00 – 14:30)

  1. Issuing of Digital literacy Certificates by Mr T Molelekoa
  2.  Vote of Thanks by Mrs T Ndumndum

  3. Closure

"We need to internalise this idea of excellence. Not many folks spend a lot of time trying to be excellent." - Barak Obama.

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E-Learning & DTDC Digital Content Distribution Strategy

In addition to the ICT professional development of teachers, the FSDoE e-learning and DTDC unit also has the mandate to develop and distribute digital resources. The increase in access to computers has led to a greater need for electronic educational content at school level.

There is an overwhelming amount of subject matter available via electronic media, but the content is not always suitable in the South African context, nor is it necessarily packaged and categorized in a way that teachers can quickly get what they need.

Hence the need for digital subject material to be selected, adapted and presented in a format that is easily navigated not necessarily by computer and web experts but by ordinary teachers. This will avoid

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TeachMeets in Xhariep

The Xhariep DTDC has hosted its first TeachMeets!

TeachMeets are informal meetings where teachers share resources, tools and best practices to enhance teaching and learning.

Three TeachMeets were held in Koffiefontein, Springfontein and Rouxville, mainly focusing on the services and support provided by the Xhariep DTDC and resources available (for free!!) for examination revision on the Vodacom Digital Classroom website (

For those who missed out, more TeachMeets will be arranged next year.

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Mobile Library

On 25 October 2016 the Fezile Dabi Disitrict was visited by Mr. Fujimura, First Secretary, Economic and Social Development for the Japanese Embassy in South Africa and Mr. Hasunuma and Mme. Sogai, both from the South African Primary Education Support Initiative (SAPESI).

The purpose of the visit was for Mr. Fujimara and Mme Sogai to gain first hand experiece of the operation of the Mobile Libraries which are sponsored by SAPESI Japan.


SAPESI Laptop Bus Project

The SAPESI (South African Primary Education Support Initiative) Laptop Bus Project is an initiative of the Department of Basic Education in partnership with Japan.  The project has been in operation since 2012. It aims at the development of learners’ basic computer skills and to improve their numeracy and literacy skills.  About nine (9) primary schools in the Thabo Mofutsanyana district are the beneficiaries of this project.

In the picture: Ms. L Ndaba, the E-Learning Facilitator is in action as the Grade 1 learners from Mabewana Primary School are actively engaged in the Skills builder’s  memory activity in the laptops.  The classroom is filled with exhilaration and impulsive excitement of the learners as can be witnessed in this short video.    

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Readathon 2016

Tshiya District Teacher Development Centre (DTDC) in the Thabo Mofutsanyana Education District celebrated Readathon 2016 for primary farm schools falling under the Hostel Project at Majoeng Hostel Farm School.  

The event was held under the theme "Read A Book, Share A Book".  The following schools participated:  learners for farm schools accommodated at Mathatisi, Tseki, Sekgutlong and inclusive  of learners for Majoeng.

Reading for their Future!!

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The FunDza reading project is running at full steam in the Xhariep District!

Learners at Reikaeletse Secondary School in Koffiefontein participated in a reading session on 28 September 2016.

Learners were asked to listen to a story that was read to them while following the story in their books. Thereafter, learners were asked to highlight three sentences from the story that made an impact on them. Learners were also asked to draw a mindmap displaying 10 words that reminded them of the story content. The aim of the exercise was to improve learners' ability to read with comprehension, a skill found to be difficult amongst many learners.

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Educational resources at your fingertips

Easy access to educational resources is crucial to the continuing professional development of teachers. Additional to the learning and teaching materials already available at the Free State District Teacher Development Centres (DTDC), teachers can now also access information on the interactive kiosks or Breadbins.


VVOB supports the Free State Department of Education with the procurement of 6 distribution points for digital content, also called Breadbins, to support the access of educators and office based officials to open educational resources in the DTDCs/Vodacom ICT Centres.

The Breadbins are customised kiosks which serve as distribution points for the sourcing and delivery of digital content (text, pictures, sound & video). The Kiosks run on an open source operating system that enables content

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Analysing educational datasets with subject advisors in Free State – more fun than it sounds

In February 2015, 45 subject advisors from the Free State engaged in a trajectory to strengthen their research skills. From 17-19 August 2016 the third and last workshop in this trajectory was held at the DTDC in Kroonstad. This workshop had two tracks: an advanced and a basic track.

The case study for the learning trajectory is a longitudinal research project from the University of Antwerp, Belgium in collaboration with the Free State Department of Education (FS DOE) and VVOB.  The central research question of this research is whether there is a relation between participation in teacher professional development, learning outcomes and attitudes towards learning in teaching. 

This third workshop followed a hands-on approach. The skills acquired during the first

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Craig Wilkinson visits our Centre

Craig Wilkinson, the founder of the Father A Nation (FAN) programme, visited the Xhariep District Teacher Development Centre to address male teachers on topics related to fatherhood and masculinity.

Mr Wilkinson (pictured second from the right, next to Centre Manager, Mampho Mxaka) develop the FAN programme to develop men into excellent fathers and positive role models.

Another important challenge that FAN aims to address is the vast number of orphans and vulnerable children as well as sibling-led households who survive without positive and inspirational role-models. FAN trains and empowers men in their communities to act as mentors and surrogate fathers to those children.

Mr Wilkinson’s visit to Koffiefontein was initiated by Mr Ian Burns, an educator at Luckhoff Combined School.

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