by TINTSWALO BALOYI
JOHANNESBURG – THE digitisation of education in South Africa, which is anticipated to enhance the country’s long-term economic growth and prosperity, is intensifying.
The latest step in this digitisation is a partnership between Vodacom Business and Microsoft South Africa to provide access to continuous, connected digital learning for education institutions, educators and learners through their Connected Digital Education initiative.
This is in response to the growing need for affordable online learning solutions that meet the educational needs of today’s learners through a secure combination of connectivity, collaboration, communication and educational tools and resources, while also considering the long-term need to transform education.
Shameel Joosub, Chief Executive Officer of the Vodacom Group, said they were leveraging an ongoing partnership with Microsoft to provide educational institutions, from schools through to universities, with an education bundle of data at an affordable rate to participating institutions.
“We are fundamentally accelerating digital transformation in education through online learning now and well into the future,” Joosub said.
According to the companies, the solution also provides access to cost-effective data and educational apps and resources through Vodacom Business’s Edu Data Bundle and Microsoft Office 365 Education.
The latter is a cloud-based service that offers the key Microsoft productivity apps like Teams, OneNote, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Lillian Barnard, Managing Director at Microsoft South Africa, said the partnership empowered educators and learners and enabled learning to continue in a seamless manner.
A priority for Microsoft is to ensure that South African learners were equipped with the right tools and skills needed to make them future-ready.
“The ability to bring together learning into one hub or solution is invaluable, and forms an important part of our commitment to building a complete education solution with critical partnerships with organisations like Vodacom Business,” Barnard said.
– CAJ News