According to industry insiders few schools in South Africa have the ability to roll out effective e-learning programmes because of a lack of understanding of these platforms.
SPARK Schools has wagered on the future of education in South Africa by choosing itslearning – one of the world’s best learning management systems – as their learning platform.
In August 2018, itslearning and Google announced one of the most compelling partnerships in educational technology with a common vision of creating the world’s best learning management system (LMS) integration with G Suite. It didn’t take long for the news to reach South Africa, where SPARK Schools, users of Google Classroom, became interested in the itslearning LMS.
This week, the collaboration with SPARK Schools was announced as part of featured presentations by itslearning and Google at BETT 2019, the world’s leading global education technology show currently taking place in London (www.bettshow.com).
Starting as a Google Classroom customer for their 15 schools in 2017, SPARK Schools decided to move to an enterprise Learning Management System (LMS). A referral by Google for Education led to negotiations with the Norwegian-based itslearning in late 2018.
“We are proud to announce that we have partnered with SPARK Schools in South Africa. An initial base of more than 10 000 users may double as SPARK Schools has 21 schools today and is opening new schools every year,” said Thomas Gunleiksrud, Vice President of International Sales at itslearning.
Since its foundation in 2012, SPARK Schools and its co-founder and CEO Stacey Brewer have been recognised in South Africa for providing quality affordable primary school education. SPARK Schools opened its first high school in Johannesburg this year.
Some of the awards received by Brewer include All Africa Business Leader Award (AABLA) – Innovator of the Year (2016) and EOY Innovator of the Year Award (2016). These recognitions affirm the organisation’s belief that quality and affordability are not mutually exclusive when it comes to excellent education.
Gunleiksrud continues: “SPARK Schools is a really innovative network of private schools in South Africa. They aim to combine the best of education technology from around the world with best practices from the traditional classroom, to create world class education.”
Now, along with itslearning, SPARK Schools can integrate the best LMS for Grades R to 12 into their academic programmes and better adapt instruction to the needs of every student.
“SPARK’s vision is for South Africa to lead global education and we believe that by partnering with itslearning and Google we will be able to achieve the vision and mission of ensuring access to high quality education for all South Africans,” says Brewer.