The Kagiso Trust Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme
(BNSDP) sought advice from SAIDE on developing a framework for the
integration of ICTs into whole school development. Gerald Roos provides
The rationale for computers in schools is as diverse as the range
of applications of ICT in everyday life. The e-Education White Paper
supports the roles of curriculum delivery and ICT integration, ultimately
enhancing learning through the development of deeper understanding,
information skills, higher order thinking skills, self- direction
Several options were presented and analysed for the development
of the framework. Critical to this decision-making is the need to:
- Engage with partners such as the Department of Education and
- Establish a clear and shared vision;
- Seek sustainability in terms of finances, leadership, technical
support and professional development;
- Consider strategic implementation of ICT in schools in which
each phase is carefully managed.
The principle of community access to school ICT facilities is upheld
by BNSDP. The primary role of ICT in the school is to enhance teaching
and learning and possible tensions and/or synergies between school
and community use are subject to local community capacity and perceptions
of the value of ICT.
A successful ICT facility in schools is driven by stakeholders who
clearly understand the value of ICT in their contexts. A structured
professional development strategy is outlined, which aligns to the
5 levels of professional development outlined in the Guidelines
for Teacher Training and Professional Development in ICT. Teacher
laptop initiatives will greatly enhance teacher access to ICT, which
will provide a boost for ICT in schools projects.
here to view the full framework report.