The Reach Trust today announced the release of Version 1 of LevelUp, with a live broadcast from Hectic Nine-9's studios in Cape Town.
LevelUp tackles some of the most critical education challenges in South Africa and will help high school learners to improve their academic performance, strengthen their social skills and foster good learning behaviour. Harnessing the power of mobile connectivity, the solution is available to almost every learner in the country as an Android app from the Google Play Store and a mobi site: www.mylevelup.mobi
Designed and developed from key learnings of two recent projects, The Ukufunda Virtual School with more than 160 000 learners and the Learn2Earn pilot, LevelUp is modelled on schools of excellence with a holistic approach to learner wellbeing. “There’s been a lot of general emphasis on access to information being key to unlocking a learner’s potential. And while it is vital, we believe that inspiration, motivation and rewards play equally important roles,” says Andrew Rudge, CEO of The Reach Trust.
The launch coincides with a national marketing and awareness campaign of LevelUp in collaboration with the SABC’s flagship youth entertainment show, Hectic Nine-9. A number of local role models have also come on board to support the drive, and these include surfing pro Roxy Louw, ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood, and Mandla Maseko, the first black African astronaut in space.
Together with them, Reach is asking the public to help a performing learner stay informed, be motivated and get rewarded for as little R100 per year. Donations can be made online via the Trust’s website.