KHANYA PROJECT: Western Cape Department of Education

(Western Cape Government)
The Khanya project is to promote learning and maximise educator capacity by integrating the use of appropriate, available and affordable technology (mainly computer technology) into the curriculum delivery process. This is done by installing computer facilities (typically computer laboratories) in schools. Working mainly with poor schools serving previously disadvantaged communities, the project aims to remove the digital divide between rich and poor schools and to empower educators, learners and community members to use technology optimally.

The vision of the project is contained in the Business Plan which was approved in April 2002 by Cabinet and the vision aims that by the start of the 2012 academic year, every educator in every school of the Western Cape will be empowered to use appropriate and available technology to deliver curriculum to each and very learner in the Western Cape.

It should be noted that the main aim of providing technology to schools is not simply for computer literacy purposes, but rather to use the technology to improve teaching and learning in all areas (maths, science, languages, history). Great care is taken to recruit staff members who have a passion for empowerment.

The entire school community, including educators, learners and the principal, must buy into the project. Governing bodies have to approve the project before installation and have to agree to work towards sustaining the project.

At present Khanya has completed computer facilities in 574 schools throughout the province and facilities at a further 277 schools are in progress.

Khanya maintains a flat organisational structure with specialists working in different fields to cater for the demands of this multi-disciplinary project.

There are a number of societal factors that impact on their service delivery. Khanya focuses on assisting the poorest of the poor schools, in both urban and rural communities.

In many of these schools considerable upgrading of school infrastructure must be done before an expensive computer facility can be installed for example:

  • Upgrading of security measures to ensure that the facility is protected;
  • Communities have various levels of understanding of technology and it is a challenge to inform and educate some communities regarding the value of technology for the school.
The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014