“The Classroom of the Future”. “The Smart Schools Programme”. “Wired for Life”. “The Paperless Schools Project”. These are just some of the names by which the Gauteng Provincial Government’s R17-billion digital education project is known. Call it what you will, the initiative aims to use mobile technology to boost education efforts and enable learners to enter the workplace as tech-savvy, confidently skilled, and hopefully entrepreneurially inclined, contributors to the economy.
The aim of the initiative, launched on 14 January 2015 at Boitumelong Secondary School in Tembisa, is to ensure that learners at eventually all of Gauteng’s 2 000 schools will have access to learning materials, workbooks and other subject matter through government-supplied tablets. In total, seven schools started the 2015 academic year paperless, migrating instead to e-learning solutions.