A Wisehub Leap to Brussels and Stockholm


31 October, 2017

The Academy will host several sessions during week 13-18 November in Brussels and Stockholm as a continuation of the enormous impact of the Wisehub summit in South Africa in October.

Aimed at adding to the exchange of sound practices within Mathematics education, the formal and informal sessions will bring together practictioners, researchers and corporates in an effort to raise the quality of Mathematics education.

Mr Paul Roborg-Sondergaard, who presented his revolutionary and groundbreaking solution for the South African context, will present at the sessions.

Delegates from Sweden and Cameroon will participate in the dialogue during the week. See more HERE

and read more about Mr Sondergaard's project HERE.


Wisehub Innovation Summit in Education 2017

Important Announcement

The Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa, will be home to the 4th Annual Wisehubb Innovation Summit in Education.

Read more HERE

November 2016 Summit Will Ignite South African Leaders

The Wisehub Project moves to Cape Town South Africa, where it will host leaders from Schools, Learning Organizations and Small Business around the idea that igniting a leader's curiosity holds unimaginable possibilities for the communities of learning.

Read more on the summit and how to register HERE

http://learningacademyworldwide.org/index.php/about-us

Summit gives voice to Leaders in Education

Learning Academy Worldwide's leadership development project, Wisehub, concluded 2015 with its Wisehub Summit in Bloemfontein, South Africa, giving Principals and Teachers a long-awaited chance to pitch projects for impact in the country's learning environment.

Read more HERE

http://learningacademyworldwide.org/index.php/about-us

Italian Donor Makes Difference for 20 Schools

The Worldbank Book Project received a substantial boost from South African service-based companies, Communications Management Support and Pro Staff and Labour Outsourcing to deliver 30 000 books to more than 20 schools in the Umlazi school district in the Kwazulu Natal province in South Africa.

The Margot Fonteyn Secondary school, who served as the distribution hub in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide, managed the substantial donation that benefited more then 20 schools.

School principals, School district officials and Library directors in the region gathered on 23 June at the Margot Fonteyn Secondary School to officially launch the project. Representing Learning Academy Worldwide, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter, reminded delegates of the importance of books in supporting literacy improvement in South Africa.

For many schools, the books provided a renewed interest to re-establish their Libraries as the resource center for learning in their schools. "This moment is also an opportunity to see the value that books bring to expanding the immagination and regain the lost art of listening", explained School Circuit Manager, Ms Mandraj.

Margot Fonteyn Secondary School principal, Mr Ndlovu (seen to the the left of Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter) considered the timing of the donation of books indicative of the value of the moment.

In his vote of thanks, Dawnridge Primary School principal, Mr Pillay carefully delineated the importance of books and promised to take the challenge of making the book donation count for his school and the communities that they serve.

Schools who attended the launch were offered websites funded and maintained for 1 year by Communications Management Support.


After more than a year-long collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, the 30 000 books donated by the World Bank Book Project are being distributed in the Durban area in South Africa.

Destined for more than 25 schools, most of the books are for Primary Schools. Several thousand books are also for Secondary School reference and textbook needs. The Margot Fonteyn Secondary Schoo from Klaarwater in the KwaZulu-Natal province is the distributing center for the books in collaboration with Learning Academy Worldwide.

The books form part of the Academy's literacy improvement initiatives in South Africa.

Several schools sites throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome (AOSR) after 20 MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy improvement initiatives in the country.

Head of School, Dr. Beth Pfannl together with Educational Technology Coordinator, Ms Tracy Arnold, handed over 20 MacBooks to Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Mr Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter in Rome this week.


f.l.t.r. - Ms Tracy Arnold, Mr Theophilus Van rensburg Lindzter and Dr Beth Pfannl. Far right, Mr van Rensburg Lindzter and Dr Pfannl at the school entrance in Rome.


The donation enables the creation of several media-production-centers (MPCs). These centers will be the hubs for teacher-lead, off-the-grid solutions that will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.

Mobile devices, largely recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, will "talk" via refurbished routers and the MacBooks, creating a local internet accessible within the parameters of the school. Rural schools, where unreliable internet connection is the norm, will be able to access curriculum-related content on any browser-based interface.

The MacBooks are also powerful production tools enabling students and teachers to create their own content for project requirements.



Read other news on the previous version of the LAWW site.

The SPRINT FOUNDATION, USA, donated 500 recycled mobile phones for the 4th Phase of Learning Academy’s literacy and numeracy improvement projects in South Africa.

Sprint has partnered with Learning Academy Worldwide since 2008, after the MacArthur Foundation awarded a grant of just over $60 000 for the M-Ubuntu project.

Learning Academy Worldwide currently collaborates with some 10 schools in 4 provinces in South Africa, creating an interest in the use of inexpensive mobile devices to deal with the literacy needs of the country's school-going children and young people.

Awards for Innovation Inspire Projects

IN TOP ROW, left picture - From left to right: Mr Riaan van der Walt and Mrs Marisa Venter receives their award from Dr Masinde. Right Picture: Royal Haskoning DHV Education Foundation Director, Mrs Pauline Makama present Mr Moeti and Mr Chandos with their awards assisted by Mr Terrence Martin, furthest to the right. IN BOTTOWM ROW, far right, Mr Desmond van Rensburg receives the award on behalf of the Kwavulindlebe Primary School's Sekuyasa Project.

Read more HERE


Money, Special Needs and the Art of Sniping

Every single one of the 22 leaders who gathered at the Wisehub Pre-Summit in Cape Town over the last weekend of June spoke with an affirming positive tone upon the value of their experiences as they interacted with national and Italian collaborators in preparation for their own summit in October, 2015.

It is most probably the first time that a group of school principals, teachers and leaders of learning organizations gathered to jointly prepare for the voice they desire to be in South African education. These men and women, as it became abundantly clear, while bravely frank about the deep concerns they have for South Africa and its vast needs within education, carved out precious time to source knowledge and skills in order to bring crisp clarity to the powerful ideas that they harbour for this land.

Their contemplations and reflections, dubbed 'unconferencing', fueled by interactions with collaborators from South Africa and Italy, provided a basis for powerful concepts to be refined where, during the Wisehub Innovation Summit in Education scheduled for 16-18 October in Bloemfontein, they will be pitched to a captive audience in order to propel them into practical and realistic projects for 2016. The three major areas that were selected, Fiscal Management, Special Needs Education and Leading as Mentors represent a set of categories based on concerns that these leaders have talked about emerging from the Innovation in Education conferences and the March-April 2015 search campaign conducted by Learning Academy Worldwide founder, Theophilus van Rensburg Lindzter.



On the first day of the conference, Paolo Russo, fiscal strategist from Rome Italy, helped Wisehubbers to think about the needs related to understanding investors, maximizing management and propelling projects for learning. In his Skype communication from Rome, he zoomed in on the need to be aware of financial paradoxes, highlighted the complexities of measuring progress and made a case for aiming at specific achievements within project-based initiatives.

Mrs Odette Swift, Director of Deaf Education South Africa and Developmental Neuropsychologist, Dr Giovanni Masciarelli from Italy, communicated with the Wisehub delegation during the second session of the first day. They aimed to gain an improved understanding of the extent to which students with special needs are being served in South African schools.

Terrence Martin, Deputy Principal of Allen Glen High School in Weltevereden Park, Gauteng, guided the Leading by Mentoring session on the 2nd day of the summit sourcing insights from interviews and unconferenced interaction from participants that pointed at the importance of trust relations over the ebb and flow of life experiences within learning and life. Injecting powerful probes that speaks at legacy, he provided a workable foundation to help Principals and Managers identify and snipe for the next generation of leaders.



This unique melting pot, called 'Wisehub', not only warmed the icy days of a Cape Town winter, but also accounted for the sweet aroma that is possible from diverse ingredients. Coming from 4 different provinces, representing Primary and Senior Secondary Schools, some of whom are Principals and others HODs, men and women and leaders from NGOs, they talked, thought, probed, disagreed, challenged and laughed together in a marvelous symphony of distinct voices for a revolution in education.

It is not the first time that they met each other. A good number of them have over a two year period of time connected at Innovation in Education conferences in Durban (2013) and Bloemfontein (2014). Also, since 2008, some of them have found common connections through the educational development work of the Swedish-based non-profit, Learning Academy Worldwide and its US partner, SPRINT, wherein they share in literacy improvement and professional teacher development initiatives through the M-Ubuntu Mobile Learning project.

Sponsorship from South African businesses for the event came from engineering and consultancy giant, Royal Haskoning DHV and Communications Management Support. All pictures courtesy Darren Stewart.

Lesotho Schools Book Project Challenge

30 000 Books for 25 Schools in Lesotho!

In collaboration with the World Bank Book Project, we secured a donation of 30 000 books carefully selected for 25 schools in Lesotho. The books arrived in South Africa. The World Bank donated port-to-port shipping of all the books from Washington DC to Durban, South Africa.

Now we need your help with local shipping from South Africa to Lesotho. We need to raise SEK 45 000 (US$ 6150). Thank you for allowing us to ask for your help.


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Off-the-grid solution

Mr James Williams demonstrated the Learning Academy Worldwide tech-solution for pre-reading strategies at the Unesco Mobile Learning Week in Paris last month.

Part of the M-Ubuntu project in South Africa, the teacher-lead, off-the-grid solution will stream curriculum-related media-rich content to mobile devices.

Using recycled phones donated by Sprint, USA, refurbished routers and MacBooks, Mr Williams created a local internet that works within the parameters of the school where, especially rural schools with unreliable internet connection, can access curriculum-related content in a browser-based interface.

Several schools in South Africa will switched on their own internet at the beginning of the 2nd quarter of the country’s academic year.

A professional development program for young Mobitechs and Teachers will also be launched as part of the roll out starting in April, 2014

Academy Project Types

  • Schools Connect

    Connecting schools for global collaboratives of learning.

  • Teachers Connect

    Building bridges to inspire innovative Teachers.

  • Innovation Hubs

    Creating space for innovative collaborative projects that solve real problems.

  • Mobile Learning

    Customizing inexpensive technologies as tools to improve literacy and numeracy.

  • Global Math & Science Labs

    Facilitating problem-solving Math and Science initiatives.

  • Millennials Mobile Educators

    Mobilizing young people as critical connectors for innovation in learning.

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Private School in Rome's Substantial Donation sets up 20 Media Centers in South Africa

Twenty schools sites throughout South Africa will benefit from a substantial donation from the American Overseas School of Rome after 20 MacBooks were donated to Learning Academy Worldwide's literacy imporovement initiatives in the country.

Our Mission

Give children and youth in Southern Africa a fair opportunity at participating in quality formal and informal learning experiences by:
  • providing quality teacher professional development support
  • leveraging inexpensive mobile-technologies for high-stakes Grade 12 examination preparation
  • developing and deploying young people as critical connectors to innovation in learning
  • design communications solutions for improved access to curriculum-related content for rural children and youth
  • mediating reciprocally beneficial exchange between schools and learning organizations

Another Problem-Solving Collaborative

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  • Deaf Education
  • Network
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Students with Special Needs

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Technology-assisted learning can bring possibilities to everyone.


Our recent work in a school for the deaf explores this possibility.


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Global

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Our recent presentation at the mEducation Alliance summit in Washington DC.


Youth Workforce Development must become a priority for innovation.


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Space to Collaborate

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See details of our recently completed Innovation in Education Summit, Bloemfontein


Creating a space for projects to collaborate extends impact.


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