Our Work in Action

Our unique digital learning system creates access to educational content through our “Syafunda Digital Library / Network” (SDL/N).

This content is continually grown and evolved to remain relevant, appropriate and locally accessible. Lessons by leading local teachers are captured as video/ audio content and loaded onto the platform. Additional sourced content includes workbooks, past papers, open source textbooks and other learning materials – everything that learners need to give them a real chance at succeeding in their studies.

This content is loaded onto the SDL/N and these libraries/ networks are then deployed at schools with limited or no internet connectivity.  This includes previously disadvantaged townships and rural villages, schools and libraries.

Our solution enhances and supplements learning and teaching in these classrooms and extends learning beyond them – using mobile / digital technology to enable individualised learning. We essentially  create an interactive digital environment where learners, teachers and the community can effectively learn at their own pace, in their own time and when it is convenient.

Our work

  • Increases uptake and interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects
  • Increases performance in STEM-related subjects

With STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related subjects as our core focus, our content development has centred on content development for grades 8 – 12.

Working in collaboration with maths teachers from the Association for Mathematics Education of South Africa (AMESA), KwaZulu-Natal regional subject advisors, and district and school management, Syafunda has developed and completed the grade 8 to 12 CAPS-aligned maths and science curriculum. This has been done in English and IsiZulu with the support of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Basic Education and the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT).

Our video tutorials are localised in terms of both context and languages. Our Zulu teachers switch between English and Zulu during the lessons to better define and contextualise terms to overcome language barriers. They also use local relevant examples that learners can relate to, typically drawing on township or rural settings for better comprehension and practical application.

Teachers can upload, access and share material and content with other teachers and learners on our platform. This allows for peer learning, community engagement and student engagement with a wide variety of crowd-sourced content from multiple teachers.

Impact to Date

Improve matric science results by 18%

Improved matric marks by 8.9%

Increased number of matric bachelor passes by 8%

Unlocked access to over 37,000 new users in response to Covid-19

Applied for a technology patent

A little over 5 years since founding in February 2015 Syafunda has

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