A programme to promote integration of ICTs in all its operations in order to enhance education service delivery in the province of the Eastern Cape has been initiated by The Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE).
Imbewu is an ECDOE initiative, sponsored by the British donor agency, DFID that seeks to improve learning and educational services provision in South Africa. This programme aims to streamline ICT usage in the areas of educational management, governance, reporting and consultation as a way of improving service delivery in the sector as stated by the ECDOE Imbewu 2 co-coordinator, Mr. John Bartlett. This programme has been on the forefront of ICT roll out strategy document development which has recently been approved by the national government. One of the major areas of focus proposed in the document include the piloting of the electronic interactive whiteboard and e-Beam projects. Both of these are teaching aids that will enable teachers to conduct interactive demonstrations on a white board which is linked to a computer and a projector. At the heart of this programme is providing training programmes for the recipients of these computers and we are currently working with the South African Schools Management System (SASMS) to provide basic training services to targeted participants.