KEEP UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE IMPORTANT COVID-19 INFORMATIONCOVID-19 RESOURCE PORTAL

FANews
FANews
RELATED CATEGORIES

GIFS partnership leads to innovative SMART Learning Platform

21 May 2020 Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS)

The Graduate Institute of Financial Sciences (GIFS) has partnered with SMART to provide innovative online educational material and tools aimed at assisting learners between Grade 0-12 with their daily learning activities during lockdown.

This GIFS-enabled learning platform is a long-term endeavour and will continue after lockdown has ended, but these online learning tools have never been more relevant in helping parents, teachers, and students cope during these challenging times.

“With this tool, we aim to meet a need in the public schooling system, where there is limited access to learning material and online resources during the lockdown,” says Dr Kershen Pillay, CEO of GIFS.

SMART, short for Simply Managing Academic Related Tasks, was developed by clinical sociologist Dr Mariam Seedat-Khan to help teachers and parents find digital resources and learning tools for students during social distancing.

The learning material will be hosted on the GIFS platform and forms part of the #GIFSCares initiative, which also entails the designation of two GIFS courses for free learning to the South African public. This includes a course on Financial Literacy and an informative COVID-19 course.

“Our #GIFSCares initiative is our way of paying it forward and helping South Africa in every way we can, especially during the current climate,” says Pillay.

Seedat-Khan explains that access to resources and teaching material during lockdown is a massive challenge to teachers, learners and parents. The closure of academic institutions left educators little time to formulate a home-schooling strategy, and the situation is further exacerbated by the digital divide and inequality in the country.

These tools provide teachers, learners and parents with the indispensable core and academic materials to assist with learning during the lockdown.

“Those of us who are in the fortunate position to help must do all we can in this period of uncertainty,” says Pillay. “We need to ensure that all of us as parents, business owners, teachers and learners have a winning chance of moving forward once we have overcome this pandemic.”

Quick Polls

QUESTION

Many legacy RAs allow an insurer to take up to 30% of the accumulated capital upon early exit. “This is just one of countless examples of shocking product design that is 100% engineered by insurers to extract punitive fees from clients...".

ANSWER

Agree
Disagree
fanews magazine
FAnews June 2020 Get the latest issue of FAnews

This month's headlines

The crisis is not over
Ethics of lockdown - What value is attached to a human life?
Pandemic redefines the commercial and legal risk landscape
New partnerships needed to create an epidemic and pandemic risk programme
Credible statistics create much needed certainty
SA fixed income: Searching for value in a sea of pandemic risk
Subscribe now