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21 November, 2007

WCED's Khanya project wins national award for service delivery

The Khanya Project of the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has won another top national award for service delivery.

Khanya is responsible for supporting and enhancing teaching and learning in schools using information and communication technologies (ICT).

The project received the CPSI Public Sector Innovation Award for "Innovative use of ICT for Effective Service Delivery" at an awards ceremony in Gauteng last night (Tuesday, 20 November 2007).

The award is the latest in a series of awards that have recognised Khanya as an example of best practice nationally and internationally.

Khanya's work includes installing computer laboratories at schools and training and supporting teachers who are using ICT to enhance teaching and learning.

The Minister for Public Service Administation established the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI) in 2003 to develop innovative, sustainable and responsive models for improved service delivery.

We congratulate Kobus van Wyk, Khanya's Manager, and his team on yet another award for excellence. Khanya provides an excellent example of our commitment to innovation to improve the quality of education in the province.

Thanks to Khanya, every high school in the Western Cape has at least one computer laboratory. Khanya is making steady progress in its efforts to provide ICT support for teaching and learning in all primary schools.

The judges assessed 13 finalists for the awards in six categories. Khanya was the only finalist from the Western Cape. All the finalists attended a two-day workshop on innovation in the public service, as well as a one-day conference, sponsored by the Department of Public Service Administration.

The purpose of the CPSI Public Sector Innovation Awards is to promote and encourage best practice in the public sector innovation and service delivery.

The awards recognise successful and effective service delivery projects and initiatives that have been achieved through the application of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools. They provide opportunities for knowledge sharing, lessons learning, partnerships and the replication of successful partnerships.

The six categories for the awards are:

  • Public Sector Innovator of the Year (team or individual)
  • Innovative partnership in service delivery.( government with government, government with private sector and CBO/NGO with government
  • Innovative use of ICT for effective service delivery
  • Innovative service delivery institutions (for example, schools, hospitals, clinics, police stations, courts)
  • Innovative enhancements on internal systems within government, and
  • Innovative service delivery projects involving the SA government in partnership with other African governments (the project must benefit South Africans and enhance the NEPAD goals)

For further inquiries, telephone Kobus van Wyk at 083-374-4853.

Issued by:
Paddy Attwell
Director: Communication
Western Cape Education Department
Tel: 021 467 2531
Fax: 021 461 3694
Email: pattwell@pgwc.gov.za

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