Tutors use WhatsApp as a tool to help learners in underfunded communities
Cape Town – To support learners in rural areas and townships during the closure of schools under Lockdown Level 4 of Covid-19, a group of university students from Dub’s math program developed the e-learning program Quarantine for Grade 11 and 12 learners using WhatsApp.
The founder of Dub’s math program and final year math student at UCT, Mthandeni Sithole, said their non-profit organization was formed by Stem students from different universities across the country to empower community learners. disadvantaged through education.
The group originally planned to host contact winter courses for learners, but due to Covid-19 alert level 4 regulations, they had to rethink the way their tutoring services were delivered. , which led them to use WhatsApp as a tool to facilitate online learning.
“Despite the fact that learners in rural communities did not have access to different types of technology, WhatsApp seemed to be the most accessible, affordable and widely used technology in rural communities.
“This is because WhatsApp itself is free and the network providers have managed to make WhatsApp data slightly cheaper compared to normal internet data,” Sithole said.
“Some of these learners would not have gone to school while the schools were closed if our program had not helped them,” Sithole said.
The group also recently held a careers exhibition on WhatsApp after realizing that many learners were misinformed about the professions currently in demand in South Africa and only aware of careers in medical fields. , nursing, law, education and engineering. Siemens Digital Industries Software, Sehlukosami Foundation, Yezori Wellness Center, Matimatolo Youth In Action and Durban University of Technology.
Zolethemba high school student Yonela Jonas started the program last month and has received help with English, physical sciences and math.
Mabuduga Phuluso, a student at Dzata secondary school, said: “They helped us tirelessly and sometimes in the evenings. I will be eternally grateful to them because they took their time just to teach us.
Sithole said, “We are asking individuals, businesses and the Ministry of Education to help our organization with donations to expand our WhatsApp tutoring system as we believe this is a quick fix and inexpensive to the learning difficulties faced by learners from disadvantaged communities across South Africa. “