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Theresa Muller
A bridge between online and offline worlds

Resource Directory

location_on South Africa
40% of South Africans never use the internet. Of the 60 % that do, many have only marginal access at work or on free sites, because of high data costs, poor or no reception, and intermittent or no electricity supply in rural and poor township areas. With the knowledge of the world increasingly moving online, millions of South Africans are being left behind.
Editor: Theresa Muller, CEO, South African Conversations (Pty) Ltd
A much-needed resource for South Africa ... anyone [can] find what they need to improve their lives ... should be in every school ... helps protect every citizen’s right to information. – Lumko Mtimde

Editor: Theresa Muller, CEO, South African Conversations (Pty) Ltd

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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Theresa Muller on June 22nd, 2021
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2020
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Why did you create this innovation?

Roughly 40% of South Africans NEVER use the internet. Of the 60 % that do, many have only marginal access at work or on free sites, because of high data costs, poor or no reception, and intermittent or no electricity supply in rural and poor township areas. This is so even though more than 90% of all phones in our country are smartphones: status symbols without substance.

How does your innovation work in practice?

We are PRINTING a Directory of non-profit, faith-based, civil society & government resources, services & solutions, making it possible for marginalised South Africans to access information. A teacher could use the Directory to:
Teach, give homework assignments and communicate remotely – even on WhatsApp
Compile lessons for ANY subject, using free, award-winning content from all over the world
Find affordable (or free) computers & solar power to run a computer lab
Start a library
Report corruption & mismanagement at their school
Sign up for free personal professional development programmes
Start a school garden & find solutions to malnourishment in the community
Report child molestation & follow through until justice is served
Help develop an anti-bullying programme
Help students: return to school after pregnancy; cope with depression; obtain a birth certificate; practice digital safety; decide what to study & get funding for it; access learning & earning opportunities after school ...

How has it been spreading?

We will print a new edition whenever we have a minimum of 6,000 pre-print orders. Endorsements:
“A comprehensive overview of good quality, (mostly free) online resources for students & teachers. Easily accessible. Includes in-depth resources on all subjects and areas of knowledge. Free online libraries and books. Very relevant. Up-to-date info on online teaching & home-schooling, career guidance, study opportunities, bursaries and scholarships for school-leavers. Invaluable.”
“… should be in every home that doesn’t have access to the internet. It’s like having access to Google, but in print and tailor-made for South Africa."
"An insanely detailed and meticulous listing to help communities without access to data ..."
"... so needed, especially in rural and township areas."

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Take a look at an electronic flip-book with sample pages offering an overview of all topics covered in the Directory, as well as the complete Disability section to see the depth of research as well as style of presentation: https://southafricanconversations.co.za/resource-directory/
Relevant order forms & contact information at the bottom of the same page.

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June 2021
Innovation page created on HundrED.org
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