Opening up the world for a new generation of young, rural South Africans
In 2005 Kate Groch and I built a preschool in the remote South African town of Philippolis, with nothing more than a building manual, a faulty water pipe and a small beat-up car.
As we arrived at the building site on day one, I turned to my former teacher and said “Great Kate, so where’s the team?” And I’ll never forget her reply: “We’re it, Boyd.”
We have come a long way since building that first preschool. Kate founded the Good Work Foundation, its mission to revolutionize education in rural South Africa. Since then, thousands of individuals from around the world have rallied a tribe that is supporting the cause. Good Work Foundation has leap-frogged tradition, focusing on digital, English, environmental and creative literacy. The GWF is bringing innovative technology and curricula, from mobile inquiry-based learning environments, to digital whiteboards and Math on iPads, to underserved schools.
The foundation has set up four digital learning centers and has helped thousands of rural people to become digitally literate, from toddlers all the way up to grandparents. Kate and I are at our most proud when we see a “Gogo” (the Zulu word for grandmother) and her grandchild in the same class, both learning to plug into the world on Google.
I would urge you to visit the Good Work Foundation website and join the tribe. And if you would like to make a donation to a one of the foundation’s truly world-class digital learning centers, you can do that by clicking here.