The Admiral Travel International team is "All Heart" for South Africa. After all, it's where Owners Malaka and Ryan Hilton first met 20+ years ago and the native country of our Advisor Taryn Daley. Our team members have made remarkable memories in South Africa, so we love introducing clients to the magic of this special land.
In recent years, we've loved seeing our partners from Michael's On East, Michael & Terri Klauber, fall madly in love with this destination as we've led Gulf Coast Connoisseur Club journeys together and now we pause to celebrate the impact some of our travelers have made on the children of South Africa.
The All Heart Fund established and supported by local efforts in Sarasota, is managed by South Africa's The Good Work Foundation
. This spring, we join in the celebration of the Good Work Foundation's most rural digital learning campus. The launch of the Justicia Digital Learning Campus in South Africa was made possible thanks to the supoprt of many generous donors, including All Heart Fund supporters. The All Heart Fund was created to provide the resources and education necessary to enhance the lives of rural African families in memory of Leanna Knopik, a young student from Sarasota with a passion for Africa who tragically passed away before her opportunity to volunteer in the continent as she had planned to do.
"Terri and I are so proud to see such dramatic results from the generosity of so many in support of the All Heart Fund," said Michael Klauber. "We can't wait to return to South Africa for our next journey and visit the new Justicia Digital Learning Campus."
We agree, Michael! Congratulations to our friends in South Africa on the opening of this new digital learning campus. We look forward to helping our travelers visit the school on future travels to the region!
Read on for full details:
Friday 18th March. – Following three and half years of measurable impact at the Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, South African non-profit Good Work Foundation (GWF), recently launched one of Africa’s most rural digital campuses: the Justicia Digital Learning Campus, situated under the marula trees at Madlala High School and endorsed by the Mpumalanga Department of Education.
Perched on the very edge of the Greater Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga province, and supported by the Dulini Lodge Community Trust, Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Rhino Africa, the All Heart Fund and Airlink, the campus will continue to prove that, using principles of education technology, it is possible to leapfrog rural education challenges and deliver affordable digital learning to both adults and children living in isolated communities.
“When Mr. Trevor Manuel, previous South African Minister in the Presidency, came to the launch of Hazyview Digital Learning Campus in 2012, he left us with a challenge,” remarked GWF’s Founder and CEO, Ms. Kate Groch. “He simply said: ‘Make this thing work.’ It gives me great pleasure to report Mr Manuel, that not only is Hazyview an award-winning campus, but its success has led to where we are today able to celebrate the opening of another campus, even more rural, where we will continue to lead this education revolution, challenging what we learn, how we learn and, most important, who has access to that learning.”
GWF’s Hazyview Digital Learning Campus, the inspiration for the new campus in Justicia, is a campus powered by educators recruited from the local community. More than 2000 local schoolchildren access digital learning focusing on English and mathematics every week, and, since 2012, 750 adults have graduated with internationally recognised qualifications in ICT literacy.
Ms. Michelle Tibeila, ICT Director for Mpumalanga’s Department of Education, mentioned the Hazyview Campus in her speech at the Justicia Digital Learning Campus launch, in particular the unprecedented 30 percent mathematics and English improvement in grade four learners from eight schools who have attended the Open Learning Academy at Hazyview Digital Learning Campus.
“We have no choice but to develop our children in science and technology innovation,” said Ms. Tibeila. “As a department we are inspired and confident that this campus will also be an information hub that will assist the young people of this area.”
After the challenge that he laid down in 2012, Trevor Manuel was invited back to Mpumalanga to celebrate the opening of the Justicia campus. Echoing sentiments that are very much part of South Africa’s 2030 National Development Plan, Mr. Manuel said at the opening:
“The ultimate goal is that our children should at all times be exposed to an enhanced education process, one that will free them from the sorry state of poverty, ignorance and helplessness as well as allow them to be part of the digitization that is happening worldwide. GWF is helping these rural young people do just that. You should be called Splendid Work Foundation because your work is more than just good.”
With the addition of the Justicia Campus, GWF now manages three centres of learning in Mpumalanga and one in the Free State town of Philippolis. Another campus is planned to open in Mpumalanga later in 2016.
Good Work Foundation would like to extend its sincere thanks to the following partners and supporters who have been part of the dream to establish South Africa’s most rural digital campus: Mrs. Reginah Mhaule, MEC Mpumalanga Department of Education; Mr. Perry Sambo and Madlala High School; The Dulini Community Trust; Londolozi Private Game Reserve; Mr. David Ryan and Rhino Africa; Airlink; Absa Bank; T-Systems; The Sabi Sand Pfunanani Trust; and Leanna Knopik and the All Heart Fund.
About Good Work Foundation
Good Work Foundation (GWF) has been working with grassroots education in Africa since 2003. The mission of GWF is to uplift rural communities through access to world-class education and, to this end, GWF was one of the first organisations in Africa to bring tablet computing and learning apps to rural learners, and now, they are the only sub-Saharan organisation working with Stanford University on cloud-based learning.
GWF currently operates four digital learning campuses where each campus is made up of academies that deliver basic literacy and career training to school-aged and adult learners. Open Learning Academies focus on English literacy, math’s literacy, digital literacy and life skills for school-aged learners. Bridging Academies provide vocational skills courses and digital literacy tuition to adult learners. In all areas, and collaborating with strategic partners, GWF focuses on delivering digital curriculums, state-of-the-art facilities and expert tuition.