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About the centre

The site identified as the centre is in Durban Street, previously occupied by the Christian Lifestyle Academy, close to the Cape Winelands Education District offices in Worcester. There are further developments just adjacent to the centre, which will house a satellite campus of the University of Stellenbosch, where training of nurses and healthcare workers will take place.

Worcester: general information

Worcester is a major town in the Cape Winelands District Municipality, which has access roads to Robertson, Montagu and Bonnievale; Ceres, Wolseley and Tulbagh; Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington; and Villiersdorp, Caledon and Grabouw. The town is a hub of teacher training, housing one of the region’s teacher training centres. It is also where one finds most of the Cape Winelands District’s special schools: De la Bat School of the Deaf, Nuwe Hoop Centre for the Hearing Impaired, Pioneer School for the Blind, Eden School for the Cerebral Handicapped and Erika Youth Centre. There are also 10 high schools in close proximity.

The Cape Winelands Education District is a one of the Western Cape Education Department’s rural districts, where there are a number of multi-grade and farm schools in a 20-kilometres radius from town. Many of the farm schools are currently having Khanya computer labs installed. The Cape Winelands District has over 280 schools under its jurisdiction.

In 2012, 17 e-school centres will be established in the Cape Winelands District where computer literacy and training for e-learning will take place.

We have 250 to 300 educators who will be trained in Web Quest in October and November 2011. Due to the high number of registrations, the staff of three schools will only be trained in January 2012. We also envisage using the Vodacom Mobile Centre on Saturdays for Web Quest and other e-learning training in the near future. Mr Clifton Frolick, our district director, is the champion or patron for e-learning in the Cape Winelands District. His enthusiasm, I believe, has played a major role in the high enrolment of the e-learning courses by educators.

Educational challenges in the region

Worcester 2Because of its rural nature, may of the schools are farm schools and multi-grade schools. Major challenges are literacy and numeracy, which can be mitigated by innovative strategies. Transport is another problem, given the great distances between schools and towns. Learners do not always have their teachers available as role models, as after school teachers have to travel back home, which can be 20 to 50 kilometres away.

The district is working to improve matric results in Mathematics and Physical Science through interventions such as the Rainbow Chickens Incubator Programme with Star Schools as the service provider for Grade 10 to 12 Mathematics, Physical Sciences and English as target subjects.

Plans for the programme

We believe in multi-stakeholder partnerships, which is evident in our director’s participation in a structure where the Cape Winelands District Municipality, the Cape Winelands Education District and the Regional Department of Health are stakeholders.

We see the optimal use of the centre as one of our key performance indicators. This is also evident in the number of e-schools that would be established in 2012, four of which will be in Worcester. We envisage a multitude of e-learning training programmes on different levels at the different centres, which, we feel, will include the use of the Vodacom Mobile Education ICT Resource Centre.

Our vision is to have a number of ICT integration programmes taking place simultaneously, open to educators, district officials, learners and the general public. We feel that this would be our contribution to the development of human capital in rural development.

Contribution to Science and Technology

Our district launched a huge campaign during National Science Week in early August 2011. The district was also a major stakeholder in the Cape Winelands District Municipality’s Youth and Environment Education Campaign in July 2011. The participation of the primary schools was so positive that the conference had to be held over two days to accommodate the schools.

For more information about the Cape Winelands Education District, visit our website at

– Leonard Cloete, Advisor: e-learning, Cape Winelands Education District, Worcester

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Contact the centre

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Lifestyle Building
3 Durban Street
Latitude: -33.641
Longitude: 19.458
Tel: 023 347 6000
Fax: 023 342 4138