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We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities



Africa! Ignite is one of KwaZulu-Natal’s leading rural development agencies. We use our extensive rural footprint to partner with communities, so that they can participate fairly in the economy and society, and make their voices heard. Our programmes help women and youths to earn a decent living; develop sustainable enterprises; learn usable skills; tell their stories; protect their health and environment; and improve their quality of life.


Africa! Ignite provides holistic support to about 1 000 crafters across KwaZulu-Natal’s impoverished heartland with its broken terrain, poor infrastructure, very high unemployment and high incidence of HIV/AIDS. The rural craft organisations are groups of mostly women, who organise together to produce craftwork and to access markets for their craft. The

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Siyafunda CTC provides information through our community knowledge centres



Siyafunda CTC provides information through our community knowledge centres, where people can access computers, the internet, and other digital technologies that enable them to gather information, create, learn, and communicate with others while they develop essential digital skills.

The focus is on the use of digital technologies to support community, economic, educational, and social development — reducing isolation, bridging the digital divide, promoting health issues, creating economic opportunities, and reaching out to youth. Provofing essential skills to the youth and the unemployed and people with disabilities, thereby making them employable and alleviating unemployment by networking with recruitment agencies, government agencies and businesses, thus becoming an enabler for job creation.

SIYAFUNDA CTC provides the management and operational skills and capacity,

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The Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME)


The Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Education (CASME) is a non-profit education development agency that strives to improve the quality of mathematics and science education. It achieves this through the professional development of educators and the provision of educational resources to historically disadvantaged communities.

Founded in 1985 the aim of the organisation from the start was to address systemic imbalances in mathematics and science education.

The organisation possesses a wealth of experience and expertise in teacher professional development and implements a range of interventions in partnership with government, corporate social investment programmes, universities and national development initiatives, amongst others.

CASME’s key focus is on the advancement of mathematics and science teachers’ subject competence and

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Count "Family Maths" is a Co-operative Organization for the Upgrading of Numeracy Training



Phungashe Education & Resource Centre works together with the Co-operative Organization for the Upgrading of Numeracy Training (Count) in order to improve maths desire within the South African communities,  KwaZulu-Natal, South Coast in particular!


Count (NPO) Profile

  • COUNT is a registered voluntary association not for gain (NPO Number: 019-196)
  • We have 25 years of experience in primary mathematics teacher development, learner support community mathematics education programmes.
  • As an independent service provider we are dedicated to improve mathematics teaching and learning in the primary school and engage ECD practitioners , youth and parents/caregivers in this drive.
  • We take on this challenge by constantly re-evaluating our programmes and approaches in order to find practical, achievable and imaginative solutions that meet the
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Training on Vodacom Digital Classroom

Subject Advisors were successfully trained on the content available in the Vodacom e-school portal and on the Digital Classroom.

Hopefully they will pass the information to their respective educators, and encourage them to make use of the portals.

The centre provides free internet access to Vodacom e-school content, which can be downloaded for later use in their schools.

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Phungashe Education Centre to work with Unisa ICT as from 2017

This is what will be going on at Phungashe Education Centre as Unisa ICT Class Room is ready to start running:

Assist with reception of students who visit a regional office and provide front line assistance including referrals. Assist with the administration of tutorial services duties inclusive of duties relating to:

  • Development of marketing material and the marketing of tutorials
  • Provision of information to students
  • Tutor enrolment
  • Tutor and student profiles
  • Venue administration
  • Student orientation and registration of tutorials
  • Administration of Tutor claims
  • Compilation of reports

Assist with the administration of work integrated learning support (WIL) Respond to academic related telephone/e-mail enquiries from students/staff and escalate to appropriate office where necessary Provide administration support with the management and administration of academic

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Operation Phakisa

Operation Phakisa is a South African methodolgy which was taken from the Malaysian government with the aim to achieve service delivery results within the shortest period of time. Operation Phakisa started with the ocean economy, then moved to the Health Department and then to the DBE for Operation Phakisa ICT in Education.

The aim of Operation Phakisa ICT in Education is to actualise e-education and achieve that within a reasonable immediate time frame.

Operation Phakisa ICT in Education is focused on five streams: e-education, IT lifecycle management, Teacher Development, Digital Content  and connectivity. 

Ndwedwe Education Centre has already started rolling out Operation Phakisa. We have done advocacy programmes for our Manco, Ndwedwe CMC, ICT coordinators and all district officials. We

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During the 3 day of training a lot of information was communicated. We as Centre managers were introduced and exposed to new technical ICT terms to familiarise ourselves with terms used when managing and leading educational technology. This training was an eye-opener to what is required of us as the departmental agents of change in our school communities. Therefore the information acquired in the training @ U.J. Campus has been profound and is going to assist us in improving service delivery in our Centres in empowering our leaners and youth in ICT skills.

Accessing resources to disadvantaged schools and communities in our centres will contribute to today's needed computer literacy skills. The oppurtunity afforded to Centre managers by DBE in

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