How does Sifunda Kunye choose its partner schools?
Sifunda Kunye works with the Department of Basic Education and its district directors to identify schools with a large need, strong leadership from the administrative staff as well as the faculty, and a desire and willingness to embrace technology as a means to improving the quality of education they provide. Sifunda Kunye managers and board members visit each recommended school to perform an assessment. We spend time with the headmaster/headmistress, the language and maths department heads, and try to get a feel for the atmosphere and attitude of the learners. We also assess the physical spaces ensuring that there is enough room to accommodate a lab, that there is reliable electricity and a way to bring in internet access, and finally that we can adequately secure the lab and the equipment. If a school meets our criteria and is interested in partnering with us for technology and special project support, we sign a service agreement with them and begin installing the lab.