Community-driven projects: reflections on a success story tells the remarkable tale of an African community empowering itself with education and ICT. The Siyabuswa Educational Improvement and Development Trust (SEIDET), the product of a local initiative in South Africa's Mpumalanga province, was initially conceived to remedy the shortcomings of science education at the local schools, but grew into a vibrant effort which continues to provide teenagers and adults with vital skills for participating in the modern economy.
While the first part of the book tells the story of the people, mostly volunteers, the second and third parts provide academic analyses of the reasons for SEIDET's success, drawing and expanding on theories such as Innovation Theory, Learning Selection and Activity Theory. Clearly conceived and expressed, the different parts of this book bring out illuminating perspectives on the events.
This inspiring and informative book will be delightful reading for academics interested in the theories exemplified, and for governmental and non-governmental organisations concerned with the upliftment and empowerment of rural or hitherto disadvantaged communities. SEIDET was not a project through which well-meaning outsiders sought to achieve induced development; rather, it was the local community that felt the need for education and initiated and embraced ICT and other training. This is the secret of its success.
The SEIDET People: a roll of honour
PART I: The sociology of the Siyabuswa Educational Improvement and Development Trust (SEIDET)
Chapter 1: The origin, philosophy and management of SEIDET
Chapter 2: As they see it, as it is, what they think about it
PART II: Explaining the developmental impact and success of SEIDET
Chapter 3: A review of the developmental impact of SEIDET
Chapter 4: How SEIDET achieved success: an exploration from the perspective of innovation theory
Chapter 5: Why people volunteer for SEIDET: an analysis of motivations
PART III: Academic research at SEIDET: lessons learned and attempts to generalise
Chapter 6: ICT and socio-economic interventions at SEIDET
Chapter 7: An Activity Theory perspective on action research, LAN and Internet development interventions at SEIDET
Chapter 8: Collaboration: adding a commercial face to the SEIDET profile
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