Mustek has appointed Kobus van Wyk, former head of the Khanya technology based education project to head up its newly established eLearning division.
As former head of The Khanya Project, a Western Cape based eLearning initiative, and with decades of IT and software development experience, Kobus van Wyk plans to advance the use of technology to reach and teach learners nationwide, as he heads up Mustek’s newly established eLearning division.
In short, eLearning is the application of technology to the educational sector with a view to addressing and solving existing issues such as a lack of teaching skills or access to a centralised curriculum.
With Kobus’s expert guidance, The Khanya Project became the most successful technology based educational development effort ever to take place on the African continent. In just under a decade, the team was able to roll out 45,000 computers to 1,400 schools, trained 27,000 teachers in how to use modern technology in an educational setting and impacted over 900,000 learners’ lives.
Mustek played an important role in the initiative’s success by supplying technology solutions to schools on behalf of The Khanya Project. The success of this partnership has led to the eLearning environment becoming a key focus and growth area for Mustek.
‚The Departments of Education as well as governments as a whole is doomed to struggle to make a success of technology in education due to a significant lack of resources. As a result, the private sector needs to play a dominant role here. Mustek, as one of the largest distributors of technology in Africa, is ideally placed to assist the relevant parties across the continent in delivering this service to teachers and learners alike,‚ says van Wyk.
Going forward, van Wyk will be working with Governmental departments and NGOs alike to ensure that the education sector in South Africa has access to technology. Simultaneously, he will focus on securing distribution partnerships for Mustek within these developmental efforts.
‚Mustek’s eLearning focus will enable us to work closely with Governmental departments and NGOs. Through this, we look forward to the opportunities to champion key technology initiatives and ensure that the education sector in South Africa has access to technology,‚ said van Wyk.