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Amawele - South African/Irish Charity Develops School's Programme as ALISON Partner

Galway, IrelandLearning News

Education-orientated social enterprise Amawele has joined forces with ALISON to provide valuable online learning resources. This fresh initiative is set to benefit both Irish and South African schools currently participating in the Amawele educational exchange programme.

Twinned schools, including Ireland's Alexandra College and South Africa's Manenberg High School, may now share many online resources including recorded lessons and webinars. Central to this programme is ALISON's full e-learning suite of training and educational courseware complete with learner management toolkit: ALISON Manager.

Commenting on the new initiative, Billy O'Keeffe, CEO of Amawele stated "we facilitate partnerships between schools in Ireland and South Africa, to promote cultural and educational exchanges between the two countries. Each school is twinned with one other, and the students and teachers exchange information to gain insight into the practical realities facing their counterparts. Having a range of online courses made available to us via ALISON allows our tutors to encourage active online learning, therefore allowing students to grow their knowledge of IT, Business Skills and Language Skills in addition to more practical skills including Touch Typing."

"Promoting the free online opportunities provided by ALISON assists us in developing successful outcomes that will be shared by our participating schools. These schools can also choose to generate local income from the programme by rewarding accomplishments with Parchment certificates and branded merchandise" continued O'Keeffe. With the additional feature of FLASH testing, learners can be instantly quizzed on their skills at any time. This enables any Amawele school to become a local educational centre, thus catering to persons of all ages.

Commenting on the scheme's success, ALISON Commercial Manager Kenneth Finn stated "Having schools of the calibre of Alexandra College and Manenberg High School involved in using our online content is of great importance to ALISON. Schools can identify themselves with this successful programme, and through our FLASH testing, can become a focal point for delivering valuable training and education."

Finn continued: 'Through the ALISON learning platform we can assist people around the world in educating themselves. Amawele's work in fostering close twinned alliances and their work with ALISON gives us a solid belief that our mission will continue to succeed. We pledge to continue to develop, publish and distribute quality online interactive courseware."