KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Malcom Mooi

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM
THIS CASE STUDY

Policy / decision-makers
Practitioners / professionals
Funders

KEY CATEGORIES

Education

Youth

CONTACT CTIN

CASE STUDY

Zibuza: Addressing educational issues and making improvements

TYPE OF ORGANISATION RESPONSIBLE FOR THE INITIATIVE

NAME

EMAIL

WEBSITE

D.C.L. Smith Foundation

support@zibuza.net

STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

Live

South Africa

2009

BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CASE STUDY

Zibuza.net is an online professional learning community aimed at teachers, learners, parents, and organisations operating in the educational sector. The platform also provides access to 1000’s of educational resources including lesson plans and other related material. Zibuza is an online professional learning community (PLC) that aims to improve the quality of teaching in South Africa by means of discussions, collaborations and access to resources. Zibuza is personalised to meet the individual and collective needs of a teacher based on location, grade, subjects and interests. As well as networking with other like-minded professionals, Zibuza connects teachers with organisations and institutions that offer various opportunities, resources and rewards.

Zibuza.net aims to be a ‘voice for the teachers,’ by giving them a platform that enables teachers to share resources, career advice and curriculum support. Zibuza.net has signed up over 12, 000 teachers.

WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM AND APPROACH?

The Problem: 

Despite significant investments by the government and the private sector towards basic education in South Africa; There is a lot of fragmentation and silo-driven efforts amongst the many stakeholders within basic education, from the government to business, union, education agencies and even to professionals.
The second challenge is the teachers – there is not enough support for teachers especially when it comes to emerging learning technologies in the time of 4IR.

What was the approach taken to it?

An online professional learning community was created that connects all stakeholders within the basic education ecosystem, where we aim to enhance the combined knowledge, experience, and investment to make a significant impact in basic education.

Zibuza focuses on 3 pillars;

  • Professional development of teachers – Training teachers, providing teachers with access to quality resources as well as teacher placement.
  • Support to teachers – Both holistic support and curriculum support.
  • Appreciation – Zibusa is the only platform that recognises and rewards teachers for their participation and contributions to the greater South African teaching community.
CASE STUDIES SUCCESSES & CHALLENGES

Successes

Zibuza works closely with both the public and private sector, both locally and abroad. The startup’s prominent accolades include: 2020 Mastercard Foundation Edtech Fellow, 2020 FNB Social Entrepreneur Impact Lab Top 25 Winner, 2019 Finalist for Accelerate2030 SDG4 by the United Nations, 2018 MISK Challenge Award Winner, 2018 Melinda and Bill Gates Foundation Recipient and 2018 World Summit Awards Country Winner.

Challenges

Zibuza was initially established as a For-Profit organisation, but when founder Malcom approached the government and corporations for funding support, he was advised to register the start-up as a Non-Profit Organisation for them to be able to assist him.

In 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, Zibuza surveyed teachers from both public and private schools to assess education inequalities during the pandemic, read more Will the Pandemic Deepen the Divide Between Public and Private Schools?

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