Teacher Training | Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust

South Africa

Teacher Training | Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust (GSDT)

August 2015

Teacher Training

Team4Tech volunteers from Autodesk trained teachers in the Kayamandi Township, which is located near Stellenbosch and 20 miles outside of Cape Town, South Africa. Kayamandi’s 35,000 residents live in an area of informal housing and historically have had low economic and educational opportunities.

In partnership with the Greater Stellenbosch Development Trust, a nonprofit organization that aims to bridge material and cultural divides, volunteers trained 27 teachers in digital literacy, 21st century education and STEM topics supported by Autodesk software and hardware. The group set up 36 new laptops, engaged teachers in 21st century teaching methods, and helped develop lesson plans that integrate technology into the classroom. 

Aside from teacher training, this project helped spark collaboration between schools and communities, which were historically segregated. Stellenbosch University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders assisted Autodesk volunteers in teaching Autodesk software to the students, including Tinkercad, photography, and circuit board activities. In addition, teachers from neighboring schools and communities participated in the two-week training, and Autodesk made a donation of two 3D printers to the township. 

In Collaboration With

Greater Stellenbosch Development TrustAutodesk