COVID-19 EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Below is an evolving list of free resources for learners, parents, and teachers that will continually be updated. To suggest resources to be added, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT CONVERSATIONS ON THE STATE OF EDUCATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
REOPENING: A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENTS AND STAKEHOLDERS
15 May 2020 by Mary Metcalfe and Shabir Madhi
HOW COVID-19 WILL AFFECT STUDENTS
23 April 2020 by Pedro Mzileni
Mail and Guardian
THE PRIVILEGE OF #PIVOTONLINE: A SOUTH AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
22 April 2020 by Taskeen Adam
Open Development and Education
LEARNING IN THE TIME OF COVID-19: EQUITABLE SUPPORT DURING SCHOOL CLOSURES DESPERATELY NEEDED
21 April 2020 by Motheo Brodie, Rone McFarlane & Nurina Ally
OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT WEBSITES
COVID-19 CORONA VIRUS SOUTH AFRICA RESOURCE PORTAL
This is the official online resource and news portal for COVID-19 in South Africa. Please consult the website for the most up to date risk-adjusted lockdown strategy and key points of contact for call centres and hotlines.
DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION
The DBE SA has put together useful online resources for parents, caregivers and learners to support learning at home for Grades R to matric. The website includes study material, multimedia and reading material available for download.
GAUTENG DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION
Learners in schools that have access to the Gauteng Department of Education Library can borrow books online for reading and studying.
SOUTH AFRICAN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Siyavula’s quality, curriculum-aligned maths and science textbooks span Grades 4-12. You can read them online, or download them — all totally for free. Plus, our books are open resources, so you can copy them, share them, or even modify and expand them. The website is also zero-rated for both MTN and Vodacom networks.
Mindset includes resources for Grades 10 to matric. Learners can explore content by subjects, such as Accounting, English First Additional Language, Maths Literacy, and Teacher Development.
SPARK SCHOOLS HOME LEARNING PORTAL
Spark Schools, an independent network affordable schools, has made home learning resources available on their online platform. There are resources available for both learners in Grade R to 9, and parents.
A one-stop-shop for the Vodacom digital classroom. It’s a reading corner for all ages, containing stories from Bookdash, Fundza, Nali’Bali, African Storybooks, etc. Books are available in all official languages. Are easy to download and as well as printable.
AFRICAN TEEN GEEKS
The African TeenGeeks has developed the E Lockdown School in response to the COVID19 pandemic. MsZora is an artificial intelligence based educational platform and has offered live classes since 30 March 2020.
Vodacom has a free e-School Portal. It covers the R-12 syllabus across all subjects.
SOUTH AFRICAN CAREER RESOURCES
Gradesmatch technology is designed to map career data to learners, teachers, and mentors, assisting in making well-incomed career decisions to improve long-term education and career outcomes. The website is free for all learners and zero-rated on all major network carriers.
BRIDGE APP BY GRADESMATCH
The new Bridge application assistant by Gradesmatch considers your career or qualification interests and gives you suggestions on where you should apply and how you should structure your application. The website is free for learners going to school in quintile 1 to 3.
MICROSOFT DIGITAL LITERACY COURSE
This free course equips you with the skills required to excel in the careers of today’s digital world. After passing the online exam, a certificate will be issued by Foundation for Professional Development, and will allow you to claim recognition of prior learning in Digital Literacy at any institution of higher learning.
SOUTH AFRICAN LITERACY COURSES
LOCKDOWN STORIES WITH GCINA MHLOPE
Africa’s legendary story-teller Gcina Mhlope will keep children educationally entertained for 10 days during the COVID-19 lockdown with a daily five-minute online story. “Lockdown must not only be about schoolwork for children. They also need time to set their minds free to imagine, dream and indulge in creativity. I have specifically chosen stories that will take children’s minds somewhere else during these dark and gloomy days”. – Gcina Mhlope
STORYTELLING WITH PLAY AFRICA
Every Tuesday at 14:30 SAST, join Play Africa on Facebook Live with professional storytellers sharing stories aimed at ages 4 to 8. Oral storytelling can improve children’s language fluency and help them grasp new concepts that underpin literacy and literature.
Book Dash believes that every child should own one hundred books by the age of five. Therefore, all Book Dash publications are available for free on their website. Search for your favorite children’s book in all of South Africa’s official languages as well as Español and Français.
FunDza is an e-reading platform that caters to teens and young adults, and offers literature in all 9 languages.
INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESOURCES
Ed.ted.com is a library of 1,000+ educational videos called TED-Ed Lessons. Subscribe to their newsletter to receive a daily email of lesson plans that span all subjects and age groups.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is open. Kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
Literacy Cloud by Room to Read offers hundreds of local language books for children all over the world, written and illustrated by local authors. The collection includes numerous South African titles, available in Xitsonga, isiZulu, Siswati, Sepedi and English.