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South Africa - Dainfern College is a private,
co-educational school situated on 14 hectares of
land bordering the suburb of Dainfern.
The College is
currently the only private school operating on a
debenture system which ensures a place at the
school for prospective pupils and provides the
required capital for the development of the
grounds and buildings.
endeavours to be a centre of academic excellence.
The most modern educational facilities are
provided for pupils such as a media centre,
lecture theatres and auditorium, as well as the
more traditional sporting facilities.
Whilst the College
focuses on the traditional subjects, there is a
realisation that pupils need to have a strong,
practical knowledge of modern technology,
particularly in the field of computers.
the need to develop those critical skills which
will be required by for our pupils to become
productive members of a changing society,"
says Dr P Turner, Principal of the College.
the Knowledge Network Partner Schools Programme at
the end of 1999 to equip learners for a
technologically enhanced working environment. In
order to adapt to this environment where each
person’s ability to think independently and
originally will be a necessity, the pupils’
creativity, lateral thinking and problem-solving
skills are nurtured by the programme.
corporations are currently investing millions of
dollars in staff development programmes to develop
their employees into creative thinkers who are
able to use technology to gain a competitive
advantage, to constantly re-invent themselves and
to create a culture of learning in their
Network curriculum with its strong business, IT
and creative thinking focus will develop such
skills for pupils at Dainfern. This will offer the
pupils not only the opportunity to excel at school
or university, but will prepare them to become
independent, creative-thinking knowledge workers
in their chosen careers.
Teachers at the
College were selected to attend the Knowledge
Network Integrated Learning and Mentoring
Methodology (ILAMM™) training programme,
following which the Knowledge Network IT
Curriculum was introduced into the College at the
beginning of the year.
the teacher of Information and Communication
Technology at Dainfern College attended the
Knowledge Network Training Course (ILAMM™).
"I found the methodology used very different
and yet extremely effective. We have been using
the curriculum for 5 weeks in the College and have
found that the learners were a bit resistant in
the beginning, but have now become accustomed to
the new method of learning as well as the
Knowledge Network sessions are effective for both
the teachers and learners, and the tasks are
always short but allowances are made for
creativity from each individual," says
from the College are currently on the ILAMM™
training course, and will implement the Knowledge
Network curriculum as from the 1st March 2000.
The teachers are
extremely excited having themselves gained vital
knowledge from the course, whilst parents have
reacted positively to the practical, business
focus of the outcomes-based Knowledge Network
"If only I
had this when I was at school," is the oft
heard comment from enthusiastic parents.
Both these parents
and their children, the learners at Dainfern
College, are aware of the enormous potential the
Knowledge Network curriculum has to offer each and
every learner, and it is with anticipation that
they look to the future.
First 5 weeks of the Knowledge Network Curriculum at Dainfern College
by Deirdre Proxenos, Educator at
As the teacher of
Information and Communication Technology, and having been on the Knowledge Network ILAMM
Training programme, I found the methodology used very different and yet extremely
We have been using the curriculum for 5 weeks in the
College and have found that the learners were a bit resistant in the beginning, but have
now become accustomed to the new method of teaching as well as the curriculum
The other teachers from our school are currently on the
training course, and will implement the curriculum as from the 1st March 2000. They are
also extremely excited and have learnt a lot themselves, whilst being on the course.
"If only I had this when I
was at school"
At various parents evenings, the greatest advantage from
their point of view seems to be the business focus that Knowledge Network has in mind for
the learners. The comment often arises, "if only I had this when I was at
Both parents and learners alike are impressed with our
progression so far, and look forward to the rest of the curriculum.