Project Background

Muslim girls exploring the 3D virtual learning environment
Education and technology are intimately connected. The advent of the printing press that resulted in widespread dissemination of knowledge was followed by explosive growth not only in knowledge, but in its application throughout society as well. Now, computer & communication technology is poised to bring about another major transformation in education.

Let-Us-Learn works closely with local education stakeholders to ensure that teachers play a critical role in embedding the curriculum and all culturally relevant content. Slowly, educators are beginning to realize that the best role teachers can play in education is as mentors. When students who have access to technology and teachers who can answer questions when they are stuck are allowed to explore information-laden worlds on their own, guided by their innate curiosity consistently learn more effectively than students taught using a traditional didactic approach. Professor Sugata Mitra, in his now internationally recognized groundbreaking "Hole-in-the-Wall" experiments, has shown the positive impact of this approach in many countries of the world. This approach more effective and well suited to the typical conditions found in schools in developing countries where there is a lack of well trained teachers and limited resources.

teachers undertaking training with project team membersTo get buy-in from educators, Let-Us-Learn engages in in-depth workshops with the teachers and educators themselves in order to teach them this constructivist MIE paradigm. To achieve their full potential, technologies must be carefully combined with an intimate knowledge of both the needs and the educational level of the local community, enthusiastic educational partners, the latest education & pedagogy methodology and economic considerations.

Let-Us-Learn is developing sustainable models by working with local educational partners, universities and engaging the global Open Source community to contribute to the rich content of these virtual worlds.

Project team members meeting with Limpopo Province Department of Education officialsStudents who have benefited from the program will in turn become builders and mentors for the next group of students. This high level of engagement creates the very human resources necessary to make the program successful. It also naturally teaches cooperation and introduces children to some of the most important foundational skills in a knowledge-based economy such as programming.

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