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Edupac has participated in the following co-sponsored and social responsibility projects:

  • HP South Africa: NEPAD e-Schools Africa Project
  • NBI; Impala Platinum: School Management Project, Kwa-Thema
  • Gauteng-on-Line: Computer Literacy Training (Tswela Services)
  • University Witwatersrand: Executive Leadership for Principals

Edupac has integrated added-value services from strategic business partners to supply our clients with leading edge ICT, Administrative and Financial services.

  • Tswela Services (Timetable, Development, Computer Literacy Training)
  • Enyuka Group (Internet & Hardware)
  • DebitSure and Netcash (Integrated Debit orders)
  • EasyPay
  • MySchool (Administrative Loyalty program)
2012 - 2013 Namibia School Management Business Unit

Edupac is contracted to establish, grow and manage a Namibia Helpdesk Business Unit in Windhoek from 1 January 2012 until 31 December 2013.

The appointed Specialist Trainers at the Helpdesk Business Unit will deliver expertise assistance in their respective fields and support the 60+ Regional Master Trainers on ongoing basis to deploy training to 200+ schools as well as be their “back-up” Trainers.

The Edupac SchoolLink Business Unit Manager, Helpdesk Manager as well as Training Manager will monitor and measure the implementation progress at schools via the Regional Master Trainers.

  22 Jul 2012 20 Aug 2012 13 Sep 2012 23 Nov 2012 31 Jan 2013 19 Mar 2013 22 Apr 2013 30 May 2013
Namibia Project Schools - Phase 1 (200 schools)
Learner Profiles Captured 13,083 31,154 38,805 61,117 63,778 73,288 79,232 80,017

 

2010 - Improving Namibian School Management

Official Press Release: 6 SEPTEMBER 2010

“Try to imagine a country where ALL of our schools are connected to a Central Educational Management Information System.”

The Namibian agreement

…”In a groundbreaking agreement between The Government of the Republic of Namibia, acting through the Ministry of Education, and Edupac Software Support Services (Pty) Limited, selected schools in all regions of Namibia are going live in January 2011 with the Edupac Web Solution procured.

In September 2009, the Ministry selected EDUPAC as the sole and official provider to supply a School Management Information Solution, branded as SchoolLink, to all the schools in Namibia through an agreement which includes the licensing, intellectual property, customization, support and training of Educational institutions and schools.

The Namibian Ministry has a vision to establish a demand-responsive and self-sustainable centralized web-based education management information system which is based on the integration of decentralised sub-systems, guided by partnerships with stakeholders at both national and regional levels…”

2010 - SA-SAMS and LURITS

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School Management Information Systems ( EMIS )

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) provides a package called SA-SAMS to schools to use on a voluntary basis only.

Schools are allowed to use more advanced industry products of their own choice.

The DBE does not compete with third party suppliers of School Management Information Systems.

The DBE provide SA-SAMS to schools at no initial or annual licensing costs to ensure that all schools (not just well resourced schools) have an equal opportunity to access a computerized administration system.

Schools are encouraged to use any product that meets the reporting requirements of provinces as provinces are the authorities on reporting requirements for their schools.

Schools are mandated to use certain data exchange formats such as the learner tracking system format for learner data records.

To ensure that third parties are not excluded, the DBE has provided a full specification for third party packages to send data to LURITS.

The mandate is the Education Information policy which is attached.

Is LURITS replacing School Administration?

  • Definitely not; LURITS is a central national database system that works in conjunction with school administration systems.
  • LURITS relies on school systems to send data to the central database.
  • In fact LURITS cannot exist without school administration management systemsl.

Is the use of the LURITS upload utility compulsory for connected schools?

  • It is a requirement at this stage to use the upload engine provided by SITA for the transport of files to and from within the school's Management Software.

Many districts enforce / claim that it is compulsory for their schools to use SASAMS.  What is the Department’s position on this?

  • The Education Information Policy states that different software packages may be used in schools as long as they conform to the national standards and requirements.
  • At this stage the national data requirements are the survey requirements and the interface with the LURITS system

How was the above communicated to Provincial level?

  • The National Department of Education has sent a letter to all provinces reminding them of the policy that the SA-SAMS software is not compulsory.

 

2009 - Lurits Compliancy - Department of Education

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From:          Bulling, Pat [mailto: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ]
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Subject: Uploads to LURITS

Dear Colleagues

We have been informed by SITA that your software complies with the LURITS upload requirements and would like to congratulate you on this.

Please provide us with the following information so that we can move to the next step:

  1. The list of schools (and EMIS numbers where possible) that are using EDUPAC Software

You have two options available for this year: (2009)

  1. Your schools can deliver/email their xml files to the provincial EMIS office for upload to LURITS
  2. You can obtain the upload engine from SITA and provide this to your schools for direct upload to LURITS (not available for schools in Western Cape or Free State)

Please let us know which option you would like to use for this year’s data submission.

Thank you very much

Regards
Pat Bulling

EMS: Education Management Systems
Department of Education
Room 156, Waterbron Building
191 Schoeman Street
Pretoria
Tel: 012-312 6080

2006 - NBI Article September

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Quick Brief: 6 September 2006

Competing mining companies in the same team for education development

The National Business Initiative (NBI) through its Education Quality Improvement Partnerships (EQUIP) programme is mobilizing business leadership and companies to make a difference in the education sector by supporting quality teaching and schooling. In an initiative to strengthen human capital development through education and skills development, Kumba Resources has partnered with Implats (one of its major competitors) for the benefit of five disadvantaged schools in KwaThema, east of Johannesburg.

Under an agreement with the NBI, Kumba Resources has been supporting the EQUIP programme since May this year. EQUIP is a three year school development programme focusing on the improvement of school leadership, management and governance as well as on the management and delivery of the curriculum, with a particular focus on the professional development of Maths and Science teachers, and direct support of their work in the classroom. The programme is delivered in close and formalised partnerships with the relevant provincial education departments. In this case, EQUIP works closely with officials from the Ekurhuleni East District of the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE).

To enhance the programme, Kumba Resources supported by the District encouraged the NBI to negotiate programme integration with two service providers additional to the primary delivery organisation which EQUIP manages in the KwaThema project. These are Edupac, which offers installation of and training in a comprehensive school management information system, and Junior Achievement South Africa, that provides economic awareness, business education and entrepreneurship training in imaginative and competitive ways to teachers and learners in target schools.

After EQUIP’s team had drafted an integrated partnership business plan to Kumba Resource’s approval, the company made the unusual move to suggest approaches to potential funding partners to carry the additional costs that would arise from the envisaged addition to the standard EQUIP offerings. Kumba Resources requested the NBI to draft an adjusted partnership proposal and then initiated discussions with Impats, which also has mining interests in the areas around Springs and KwaThema. Implats came on board after short presentations done by key role payers, which included EQUIP facilitators, GDE and Kumba Resources representatives. This partnership will bring a new dimension to development delivery for EQUIP and opens the way for the development of a replicable model to be implemented in other areas.

Kumba Resources has also made it clear that it views this project as a piloting exercise which will be taken forward to school clusters in the company’s operations around Delmas and the Midvaal. Helmut Bertelsmann, EQUIP programme manager commented: “This is the first time in EQUIP’s history of almost ten years that it will operate within a jointly funded project  “a project by which Kumba Resources may well have set an example of putting development as a priority.”

The official launch of the new partnership will coincide with the presentation of the comprehensive baseline report on the functionality and effectiveness of the four primary schools and one high school, at which this historic event will be given formal recognition by all stakeholders, including the school communities who are to benefit from this brave new way of doing things in school development support.

For more information about EQUIP programme, contact Helmut Bertelsmann on +27 11 544 6000 or email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

2005 - Ugandan President launches first NEPAD Demo

Ugandan President launches first NEPAD Demo e-School

NEPAD'S E-PLAN IN AFRICA

Hope that illiteracy may be eradicated
Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni officially launched the first NEPAD e-School on the African continent on July 18 2005. The Bugulumbya Secondary School at Busobya Village in a rural area, is one of many schools across the continent to benefit in a pilot programme.

It now has computers and accessories, a server, Internet, electricity, mobile telephone booster mast, computer desks, DSTV, TV screen and decoder, ehealth facility, and trained children and teachers in ICT.
'This technology will enable the young people of this village to tap into the global mainstream information and knowledge'
Hewlett Packard (HP) first announced launch plans for the Bugulumbya e-School at the World Economic Forum Africa Summit in Cape Town, followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between HP, NEPAD e-Africa Commission and the Government of Uganda on July l 2005. Since then, Bugulumbya Secondary School, situated in deep rural Uganda, has undergone radical transformation.
Partners to the HP e-Schools consortium are Mindset, EduTouch, Edupac, Mergent Technologies, Multichoice, Eskom, ZSE, Canonical, Intel, Computech, Venture Communication and Transtel, supported by HP channel partners.

The HP consortium and a number of other private companies have committed to sponsoring the demonstration project, consisting of six schools in each of the 16 participating countries, for a period of 12 to 18 months, Participating countries are: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda.



To learn more about Nepad, visit www.nepad.org and about Nepad e-Africa commission, visit their website.

Information extracted from:
The Star - Business Report • Friday 29th July 2005
Sowetan • Friday 29th July 2005

 


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