Posted on June 13, 2010 · Posted in Siyavula

Neels van der Westhuizen and I met with Mothusi Sebogwa and Jors de Ridder from the North West Education Department On Wednesday and Thursday last week (9th and 10th June) to discuss what the next steps would be in our collaboration this year would be.

We spent time just brainstorming and discussing ideas, challenges and opportunities with some of the main topics being:

  • FullMarks – Siyavula’s open on-line assessment bank for exam questions and answers
  • Gathering and reporting on exam performance in the North West Province
  • Additional subject English for mother tongue Foundation Phase learners
  • Translation of Siyavula resources in to Tswana for Foundation Phase learnersPresentation to the principals and distribution of the DVDs with Siyavula workbooks
  • Pilot with the workbooks in Grade 5

In the end we are going to help them prepare a plan for a Grade 5 pilot of the openly licensed workbooks made available through Siyavula and prepare a plan for the use of FullMarks to assist with their systemic assessment activities. I captured some thoughts on the pilot in this vlog:

North West Province Pilot Ideas from Mark Horner on Vimeo.

About the Author

Mark Horner is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise working in the school sector in South Africa. While working as the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative Resources, Mark was able to transform the Free High School Science Texts (FHSST) project, which he co-founded, into Siyavula Education. In this process, openly-licensed, collaboratively authored textbooks have been printed and distributed nationally in South Africa. Working at the intersection of community, openness and technology; Mark intends to leverage this success to make Siyavula an innovative, technology provider in education that works effectively as part of the education community to ensure better learning opportunities for all. A recent notable event being the delivery of Siyavula's textbooks over Mxit, the most popular mobile chat solution in South Africa. Mark has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town and conducted his research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on the results from the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York. His work is carried out in the belief that the liberation of information and support of education in South Africa will lead to a peaceful and prosperous future for all South Africans.