The school felt that for the effective use of
the computers, teacher training in computer
literacy is vital. So the school management team
mandated that Mr Peter Makgato and Mr Michael
Thobejane to look out for appropriate
instruction for such training. Among those
contacted was Knowledge Network (previously
known as K-Net.)
What we found
fascinating about Knowledge Network was the way
they offer their training and their objectives.
Unlike most institutions, Knowledge Network
emphasises methodology of teaching and is not
skills based like other institutions. We
therefore sat as an SMT and looked at our
situation. Most educators were willing to
undergo the training but money was the major
impediment. We then contacted Alison and
informed her about our problem. Even if the SMT
sat and decided so send only Peter and Michael,
the school's funds were insufficient. She
promptly responded positively by supporting our
plan and promised to contact the Managing
Director, Mr Alexander Weissleder, to inform
him about this.
scheduled a meeting with William from Knowledge
Network, Alison and our SMT for presentation. We
were quite excited about it and decided to
undergo the training without delay. We therefore
sent Michael and Peter for the training which
started from 7th May 2001 at a cost of R3250.00 each of which was paid for by
Swiss Re. The report that we got from the two
educators who went for the training was:
school chose an ILAMM course with
Progressive Learning Programme (PLP).
entire school community is going to benefit
tremendously from the programme chosen. This
programme is project-based and childcentred.
It teaches the children lateral thinking,
creativity, problem-solving and cross
pollination of skills which promotes learner
Network will interact with the two educators
to help them solve whatever problem they
encounter in their teaching of the sessions
to the learners.
sessions they have received are for the
Grade 4s to the Grade 6s. Grade 1,2,3 and 7
will be phased in due course of time.
learners will be taught from the 21st May as
we are to draw up a timetable to cater for
the training of learners.
mentors (teachers) of Knowledge Network
teach with compassion and instil confidence
in the teachers who underwent the training
so as to teach to the learners with
- We are
now one of their partners in education and
our school will exchange ideas with other
partners on an ongoing basis.
- To seal
our relationship we have signed a contract
which stipulates that only teachers who have
undergone the training are the ones who have
to use the materials to teach the learners.
the use of the sessions by the educator, each
learner has to pay R15.00 a term. We have sent a
newsletter to the parents of the Grade 4 to 6 to
ask them to try and pay for their children to
help the school.
We are waiting
for Michael and Peter to start implementing
whatever they have learnt to the learners and
give us a report. These two educators are still
to undergo same training in other courses to
effectively impart the knowledge to the
learners. We also are to purchase some
programmes from Knowledge Network to help the
learners. Such outstanding things will be looked
at after receiving the report from the two
we would like to again thank you for being
involved in the uplifting of our children's
education. We hope that our entire community
will benefit from your involvement.
Mrs N. Makwela, Principal