Discover how BluPoint technology is changing lives in South Africa. Learn about the transformation first hand from the school children, teachers and principals.
BluPoint’s disruptive and revolutionary technology is a game changer and improving lives for these rural schools and communities. The project has increased student attendance. The teachers have benefited too, they are more confident and better prepared for their lessons. As a result, teacher attendance is up as well!
This project is supported by Dixons Carphone as part of their Corporate Responsibility Ambition. Working alongside the MRP Foundation, a public benefit organisation based in South Africa.
Professor Mike Santer, BluPoint:
“Hi, I’m Professor Mike Santer from BluPoint. I’m here to tell you a little bit about BluPoint’s system which is providing access to really good quality educational materials in South Africa in the Durban area.”
“We are delighted to have the Dixons Carphone team come out to support our project in fifteen schools in KwaDukuza, and also a really rural community in the Zulu tribe lands of KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) as well.”
Kesah Trowell, Dixons Carphone:
“At Dixons Carphone our Corporate Responsibility Ambition is about understanding how technology can be used to tackle social issues and leveraging our skills, experience and enormous reach to make a real and tangible difference.”
“BluPoint is one tech innovation that we’re using to help transform lives. It’s a revolutionary piece of kit which transmits Internet content to areas without reliable or affordable connectivity on any handset using WiFi, FM Radio or Bluetooth. And what’s more, it can even be powered by solar energy.”
Hamid Khan, Dixons Carphone:
“So we have just arrived at Banguni School. We’re going to split up into two groups, with the BluPoint guys. So, a set of us are going to speak to the learners and students. And a set of us are going to speak to the teachers, and get them up to speed on BluPoint, and what it actually does.”
Three months later…
Creeson Naiker, Mr Price Foundation:
“You’ll see different levels of programme implementation at each of the schools. And each of the schools also have a different order in which they’ve had the programmes come through from sports, to arts, drama, culture, leadership development, there is an environmental programme and obviously the technology.”
“You don’t see phones in the courtyards and at break time as much. A, because some schools didn’t let them have them and B, because there wasn’t access to, or data to use. And now that the BluPoint’s in Darnall for example, it now literally looks like a campus in southern California. All of the kids are on tiny devices or whatever they might be, accessing the content.”
What do the children think?
“I think it’s more easier using the BluPoint device, because we use it for free, and I think it was more work for the teachers, but now it is less work for the teachers, because we learn things and watch videos.”
Are you enjoying your lessons more?
“How can you ask that?”
“It’s so obvious, because we use laptop. Nowadays laptops and computers are so useful and nice.”
What do you want to be?
“I want to be a Doctor.”
“I want to be a Surgical Doctor.”
“I want to be a Dental Therapist.”
“I want to do Dramatic Music.”
Vuyani Tshabane, MRP Facilitator – Zilungisele School:
“Okay, the way I explain it to my kids is, it’s like a library, it’s like an online library. Whereby we have this small box, that has information inside. So what’s good about this small box is we have content that is free. Whereby we download for free, we watch videos for free, we do exercises for free. Yeah that’s all I can say.”
Mr Gumbi, Principal – Nyakana School:
“To me I think it’s a programme that we need to embrace as a school, and it’s also a back-up, especially when the Internet is not available.”
Mr Mbhele, Principal – Groutville High School:
“We have seen the enthusiasm, on the part of the teachers, they have started, to like their subject most, because they are getting a lot of help from the BluPoint. And we have also seen a great improvement in terms of results.”
Mr Ivason, Principal – Darnell Secondary School:
“The pace of learning is not restricted at all, you know in the old scenario of teaching and learning, it’s what the teacher will tell you that you will learn. When he stops you stop. But now learners don’t have to stop at all!”
Ndumiso Ngcobo, Teacher – Groutville High School:
“What I’ve noticed over the years, is that mathematics can be a very boring subject, but after the intergration of BluPoint when teaching, I’ve actually discovered that learners have got more interested in learning mathematics.”
Michael Flockhart, Executive Director – Sportstec:
“I think what we’ve found valuable is, we’ve wanted to use sport as a vehicle, to further enhance education, but since BluPoint has been here, we’ve actually identified that some of the kids are coming here for education purposes and not necessary for the sport. Which is a turnaround from what we originally anticipated. We don’t need to dangle a carrot now in sport, in order for kids to come here.”