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9 August 2014 – The Department of Basic Education, in partnership with Vodacom, will host the Teacher Centre Manager Workshop in Johannesburg Gauteng from 10 – 15 August. Over 120 Centre Managers and other education officials from all over the country will attend the Workshop which will be opened officially by the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga on Sunday 10 August 2014.


The opening ceremony can be watched here. The address from the Minister starts at 1:04:35. 


The nationwide Teacher Centres are part of the institutional mechanisms for the provision of quality training to teachers to improve their skills and competencies.

The theme for the Workshop is "Building Functional Teaching Centres and Competent Centre Managers to Support Quality Learning Outcomes". During the Workshop various DBE officials will share the strategies, resources and expectations for the Teacher Centres as hubs of teacher professional development. Schoolnet SA will facilitate the various collaborative sessions. 

Through the Mobile Education partnership, Vodacom has supported the DBE by equipping and connecting 40 teacher centres so far and undertaking to equip a further 20 centres before the end of the year.

These teacher centres are equipped with interactive boards, laptops, desktops, servers, data projectors, routers and printers. The centres provide spaces designed to train teachers on how to integrate ICT in the classroom. They also provide equipment and access to educational content. This will ensure a sustainable introduction of e-learning.


Members of the media are invited to attend the Centre Management Training as follows

Opening Ceremony:

Date: Sunday, 10 August 2014
Time: 18h00
Venue: Tsogo Sun OR Tambo International Airport

Workshop days:

Date: Monday, 11 – Friday, 15 August 2014
Time: 08h30 – 16h30
Venue: Tsogo Sun OR Tambo International Airport

For more information please also see the Media Releases by the Department of Basic Education.