Access to and the costs, of basic quality education, have been the subject of intense research and public debate recently in South Africa.
MatricMag is a print publication aimed at the bridging digital divide that is currently barring learners in rural and peri-urban areas from accessing critical information that can help lift them out of poverty and assist them with building better futures for themselves.
Only 8% of South Africa’s public schools have libraries and 51% have access to digital technology.
Aimed at Grade 10, 11 and 12, MatricMag will be distributed to learners who do not have access to digital technology or libraries to supplement their information needs.
“MatricMag features content covering various topics that encourage a love of learning while providing practical guidance on real options whether a learner goes on to higher education or does not have that opportunity,” says 25-year-old editor Nomvelo Miya, a Media Studies graduate from UKZN who started work on MatricMag as an editorial assistant. She has played a key role in developing the magazine’s editorial direction and been responsible for sourcing content and developing a database of writers for the publication.
“Even though MatricMag is not a curriculum based text book, we see the content as a tool to empower learners with information that will assist them to make better-informed decisions to help plan their futures.
Learners in rural and peri-urban areas who are among the 70% who do not get absorbed into the higher education system and also have limited or no digital access are the most marginalized in terms of exposure to opportunities. MatricMag will aggregate information that will equip them to become more employable or to start their own sustainable businesses.”
Miya continues: “Our approach to the distribution of critical information is one that acknowledges the realities of South Africa. Given the very apparent geographic limitations of digital reach at this stage, MatricMag is a resource that can reach learners in both printed and digital formats.”
In order to reach all schools in rural and peri-urban areas, MatricMag is seeking the participation of Global South Africans to sponsor the distribution of the magazine.
Sponsoring one learner for a year costs only R60 and sponsoring one school (300 learners) for a year only costs R18000.
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For more information visit www.matricmag.com