The South African Education system has recently introduced a new learning model called CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements). It is a revision of the current National Curriculum Statement (NCS). With the introduction of CAPS, every subject in each grade will have a comprehensive policy document that provides details on what teachers need to teach and assess on a grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject basis within a specific period.
Based on the content-driven curriculum, many students find themselves in difficult situations in keeping up with schoolwork, to the extent that they drop out. As young people undergo various adolescent phases, the development in identity formation plays an important role in their success.
Most young people growing up in urban and rural areas are indeed faced with challenges such as gangsterism, gang violence and substance abuse. With the adolescent transformation, community challenges and the load of educational pressure, many young people quit school because they cannot handle these challenges. Often, due to a lack of support, young people make decisions that end destructively.
The above situation outlines the fate of young people who lack the required, and proper support to make a success of their lives.
Therefore G-CITI has initiated a skills programmes that will empower young people with innovative study patterns to address learning challenges, through technology.
Tech Talk Radio (Weekly)
Each Tuesday on Radio 786 from 12h20 – 12h50, Llewellyn Scholtz share insight into the technology world. The program involves discussion on current tech issues and gadgets. Listeners find value in the discussions, as they are educated about technology and usage.
I-CAN Matric Ball Competition
Many matriculants face financial challenges during the final year of their High Schooling. The I-CAN Centre hosted a Matric Ball Competition in aid to fund a candidate to the value of R2000.00. Reygen Albertyn, Elsies River High School student, won the draw which took place on the 30 August 2018 towards the planning of her Matric Ball.
I-CAN After School Programme
The I-CAN After School Programme was hosted during the month of September 2018. Students were empowered in how to research online in ensuring that information collected are correct and sufficient for their projects.
Web Rangers Project
Web Rangers, an initiative of Media Monitoring Africa, is a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety that they use to create innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. The programme is about creating young digital citizens who know how to use the internet responsibly and encourage their peers to do the same.
Media Monitoring Africa partnered with the I-CAN Centre to train 35 young children about cyber safety. The project entailed candidates to create videos in demonstrating their knowledge about Cyber Safety. Two videos were created. See Video 1 – Click Here | See Video 2 – Click Here
Minecraft: Hour Of Code Training
The Hour of Code is a global movement by Computer Science Education Week and Code.org reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries through an one-hour introduction to computer science and computer programming. The I-CAN Centre empowers young children to obtain these certifications through the access of Smart Cape Technology. Coding is a basic literacy in the digital age, and it is important for kids to understand and be able to work with and understand the technology around them. Having children learn coding at a young age prepares them for the future. Coding helps children with communication, creativity, mathematics, writing and confidence.
Career Expo Elsies River, Leonsdale
The I-CAN Centre presented their short & semester course offerings to the community of Leonsdale. This was in partnership with Pillar 5 Group in May 2018.
E-Learning Conference CTLI
The I-CAN Centre staff empowered Teachers at CTLI KuilsRiver with Cyber Safety aspects for Classroom environment in May 2018. This was in partnership with the E-Learning Department of WCED.
E-Learning Conference In Rwanda
Llewellyn Scholtz attended the E-Learning Conference hosted in Rwanda, Kigali as a speaker and participant. He shared his journey of E-Learning of how he built an educational mobile app in 2012. As mobile devices were expensive, the mobile app access was not maximized in usage as projected. Only in 2014, the mobile app was extensively penetrated by Grade 12 students. Also, the journey of the I-CAN Centre was communicated how a displaced community “Elsies River” was transformed through access of technology. The impact (Stats and Success Stories) was visually demonstrated in a networking session. Llewellyn placed great emphasis on various E-Learning models tested at the I-CAN Centre that resulted in citizens in adopting technology for better living conditions.
Speaking Engagement at Microsoft (Education)
Llewellyn Scholtz shared his story about using Microsoft Imagine Academy (MIA) as a Learning Management System for empowerment. As the I-CAN Centre is a public access facility, citizens with various learnings needs are accommodated through direct facilitation, online learning and blended learning. The courses within the MIA has supported the I-CAN Centre in all aspects of empowerment.
MBA Harvard Students Visiting The I-CAN
MBA Harvard Students in partnership with The Training Room Online visited the I-CAN Centre. Citizens were interviewed regarding Educational issues existing in Schools. The findings will form part of a national project with Department of Basic Education shifting education online.
Holiday Outreach Programme with Sanzaf – 2017
The I-CAN Centre extended their programmes (Life Skills Programme) to support & empower the youth of Manenberg during the July School holidays. Sanzaf hosted the programme in Manenberg with the support of the I-CAN Team. See Facebook Album.
City of Cape Town Career Expo – 2017
City of Cape Town (Social Development) hosted a Career Expo in Belhar. The I-CAN Centre demonstrated their course offerings and funding opportunities. Many participants (Grade 12 Students) were fascinated with disruptive technologies such as Web Design, Mobile App Development, Robotics, 3-D Printing and Digital Animation. See Facebook Album
I-CAN Digital Winter School – 2017
The aim of the I-CAN Digital Winter School was to add value, support learning, improve results and ignite a passion to Grade 11 & 12 CAT (Computer Application Technology) students. Students who completed the programme received International Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. Fifty one (51) High School students’ lives were change through exposure and empowerment of technology! See Website for project results!
Web Rangers Project
Web Rangers is a digital literacy programme designed to allow young people to gain critical skills and knowledge around online safety that they use to create innovative campaigns that promote safe internet usage and champion their rights in the digital world. The pilot programme developed by Film and Publication Board are in partnership with the I-CAN Centre and to empower 60 children in cyber bullying within the Western Cape. In addition, the I-CAN Centre celebrated “Internet Safer Day” with various schools within Elsies River on the 6th February 2018.
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Digital Skills Initiative
Google Computer Science First Pilot Project
The Google project is a great way to introduce Computer Science to students at Primary School level. The project develops computational and creative thinking within learners. Three (3) schools in Elsies River, Balvenie Primary, JS Kloppers & Norwood Central Primary participated in the project.