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Google and Western Cape Schools launch online safety curriculum in SA


Google announced a partnership with the Western Cape Education Department to introduce an Online Safety Curriculum guideline which will be added to the public school’s life orientation syllabus for children in grades 8 to 12.

The curriculum guideline offers an interactive resource for both learners and teachers on online safety. It’s worth noting that Google has trained 500 Life orientation teachers drawn from across the province in preparation for the launch of the online safety curriculum guideline.

All guidelines are compliant with the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and can be linked to other subjects like IT, and CAT. More learners are encouraged to become responsible digital citizens. This is done by educating both learners and their teachers on topics such as cyberbullying,  inappropriate content, personal safety online, and the good and bad of social media.

Charles Murito, the director of government affairs and public policy at Google Africa said, “Google has trained more than 500 Life Orientation teachers across the province. We also held workshops with senior curriculum planners and eLearning advisors within the Western Cape Education Department to build capacity on the understanding of online safety and refining the curriculum guideline to be CAPS-compliant.

 Ismail Teladia from the Western Cape Education Department said, “This is the first online safety curriculum guideline of its kind to be integrated into schools in South Africa at this scale through Life Orientation.”

Source: Mossel Bay Advertiser


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