Education needs mobility and collaboration

The debate around the delivery of effective education, quality education, educators and tools for education, is one that abounds locally.


No matter how we unpick it, the reality is that the way in which we have managed it in the past has to change. What is the answer? While there is no silver bullet that will change the entire face of education in the short term – mobility and collaboration seem to be key to helping government, academic institutions and educators alike in getting the right tools into the hands of the students.


When Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, supported by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, launched the new paperless education system pilot project, The Big Switch On, at Boitumelong Secondary School in Sedibeng Section, Tembisa earlier this year, South Africans suddenly sat up and took notice of the opportunities that mobility yield for education in our country.


But what is driving this?

  • Mobile phone adoption
  • A lack of effective service delivery
  • The social dynamic of mobility as a day-to-day tool and not just a status symbol
  • Reduced costs in the long term


If your customers are in the education sector then you should be helping them answer the following questions:

  • What budget do they have, what is their goal for the future and what do they want to see in their classrooms?
  • What is their appetite for cloud, mobility and collaboration?
  • Do they have existing partnerships with software vendors that can be streamlined?
  • Would they be willing to share resources and collaborate across multiple devices?


Remember the need to open up access to education is a global driver. In South Africa access to information is in dire need. Through mobility, access to information and even Internet-based distance learning, becomes a reality.


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