Edunova’s core focus is on the application of technologies into learning and teaching. But also crucial to its effectiveness is Edunova's cost-effective human resourcing model for providing ICT support in schools. This has been accomplised by employing young adults that are local to the school community, and then training, guiding, and mentoring them to support schools who have acquired ICT facilities and equipment. This aids in developing a sustainable source of skills and employment opportunities specifically aimed at schools and their surrounding communities.
Edunova develops ICT human resource capacity by recruiting unemployed youth in the school community, providing them with an intensive training programme (including ongoing mentoring) to familiarize them with the school environment and Edunova’s Learning-Led approach. Edunova works with the provincial Department of Education in order to maintain a strategic relationship and direction for schools. Trainees are equipped to engage effectively with learners, educators, district officials, and other educational stakeholders. As a result, Edunova extends employment opportunities while providing an ongoing stream of well-qualified, confident facilitators to schools in a structured and sustainable manner.
The target market for the trainees is typically disadvantaged schools that have been provided with an ICT facility. Support for the trainees and ICT leaders in schools is made available through conventional communications such as regular ICT forums, weekly facilitator meetings, email, cell phones, faxing, and hard copy materials. Edunova provides an online Learning Environment to grant all participants in its programs easy access to resource materials. This system improves support for schools and gives rapid access to best practices and peer collaboration mechanisms.
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CEI approaches in action
ICT and entrepreneurship training - organisational capacity to deliver training and support mentors.
Recruitment of unemployed members of poor communities.
Edunova started with one school in the Western Cape. It has now been replicated in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, and Gauteng.
It is envisaged that learning centers run by ICT entrepreneurs and those trained by Edunova's human resourcing programs will be developed in the communities Edunova aims to serve.Therefore, future growth will be linked to learning centers around the country.
Monitoring & Evaluation
M&E is not highly formalized at Edunova. Reporting and organizational structures are in place to oversee the program in a supervisory capacity and for quality assurance purposes. Exit points are a key measure: are those who successfully complete the program gaining employment?