Western Cape Schools to Benefit from Education Pilot Programme
4 July 2011
- More than 40 schools across the Western Cape will take part in a pilot programme this winter to trial world-leading educational resources from Encyclopædia Britannica.
- The programme, launched by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED), and the world’s most reliable encyclopedia and education company Sangari, will provide schools and learners with unlimited access to millions of interactive learning resources through the WCED’s Learning Management System. Britannica will also provide DVDs to schools in those areas which do not currently have access to broadband services.
- All images are age-appropriate and rights-cleared for educational use, so students and teachers can use them for school projects without fear of copyright infringement.
- Initially a mixture of 46 primary and high schools covering grades 1 – 12 will take part in the pilot which is officially launched on 4 July in Cape Town. The programme will begin with a gala reception hosted by the Ministry of Education and the Superintendent-General of Education.
- As part of the programme, Britannica will also be visiting Cape Town in July to train teachers from the pilot schools to use the service in a series of interactive sessions. These sessions will ensure teachers can help their learners benefit from the extensive range of research materials available in Britannica Online and help to drive educational standards across the region.
- If the pilot is successful, the programme may be rolled-out to other schools in the region.
- Donald Grant, Minister of Education in the Western Cape, said: “In its desire to improve learner outcomes, the education system in the Western Cape continues to explore a wide range of sources of information and learning support material. The availability of the Encyclopædia Britannica in an electronic format is in line with the strategic vision for education in this province, which includes the expansion of ICT access to all schools.”
- Caroline Kennard, Director of Education at Encyclopædia Britannica, said: “As one of the world's most trusted sources of information, we believe that through this pilot we can have a positive impact in schools throughout the Western Cape and help to raise educational standards.”
- “With our shared goals of improving the quality of education provision throughout the region, we’re delighted to be working with the Western Cape Education Department to inspire a new generation of learners.”
- Encyclopædia Britannica was founded in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1768 with the aim of publishing clear, current and correct information, based on a scientific approach to knowledge. With more than 240 years of history, it is the world’s most trusted online encyclopedia and has a diverse range of online and mobile products, all adhering to its founding principles.
Notes to editors:
- About Encyclopædia Britannica:
Britannica was founded in Edinburgh in 1768 at the height of the period of European history known as the “Enlightenment”. Its aim was to publish clear, current and correct information, based on a scientific approach to knowledge.
- It is the most comprehensive and oldest continuously published reference work in the English language and is revered worldwide for its editorial integrity. Britannica strives to help its users become confident global citizens, by delivering expert and up-to-date knowledge and being global leaders in providing a source for life-long learning.
- Encycloppædia Britannica (UK) Ltd is a subsidiary of Encycloppædia Britannica Inc. who are leading providers of learning and knowledge products. Britannica is proud to be one of the world's most trusted sources of information.
- In 2011 Encyclopædia Britannica was named as one of the UK’s most respected brands in the annual Consumer Superbrand Survey. Britannica was one of only eight media reference companies to make the top 500 brands in the UK and was the only one to be listed in the top 50.
- About Britannica Online & Mobile:
Today Encyclopædia Britannica has a larger and more diverse line of online and mobile products than ever before. Our outlook is shaped by our tradition of excellence and an understanding of what knowledge seekers need in the digital age.
- Britannica's most comprehensive online product is Britannica Online Academic Edition, which delivers relevant, web-based content for further and higher education. It is continuously updated, revised and developed with new articles, allowing its users to research confidently with expert information and a host of research tools designed to support advanced study.
- Beyond the Online Academic Edition, Britannica continues to develop an extensive range of online products aimed at all levels of the curriculum.
- In 2002 Britannica introduced Britannica Online School Edition, a comprehensive reference and education service specially designed for primary and secondary schools. It has undergone several significant upgrades in the years since. Aspects of the product are available on the Guardian’s Teacher Resources site
- In 2006 Britannica introduced Britannica Online Public Library Edition, delivering three products in one, including separate home pages for adults, students, and children. The product allows libraries to tailor the product to their patrons' needs.
- In 2011 Britannica launched six titles in a series of educational mobile applications for children. The Ancient Romans, Ancient Egypt, Solar System, Volcanoes, Rainforests and Dinosaurs apps will be followed by a further 60 project-based programmes later in the year.
- Image Quest was launched in January 2011 to provide one million digital images to universities, colleges and schools. Fully rights-cleared for educational use, Image Quest brings together collections from the National Geographic, Getty Images, and Oxford Scientific and many others, into an easy-to-use online portal.
- For further information about Britannica and its products, please visit:
Follow Britannica on Twitter: @Britannica_UK
Britannica Flickr Feed: www.flickr.com/photos/britannica_image_quest/
- About the Western Cape Education Department:
The Western Cape Education Department is responsible for General and Further Education in schools (GET and FET, Grades R to 12), vocational and technical training in FET colleges and associated support, including education for learners with special education needs, early childhood development and adult education and training.
- About Sangari:
Sangari South Africa is part of the Sangari Group of companies with offices in Europe, the Middle-East, Africa and South America. The group has over 40 years experience in the development of pioneering educational solutions, specializing in the field of Science, Technology and Engineering. Sangari South Africa was established in 1995 to provide services to SADC countries.
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(0044) (0)20 7500 7800
Chief Education Specialist (CES): e-Learning
Directorate: FET Curriculum Western Cape Education Department
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