Luckey, a 15-year-old student at a school called Phofung in South Africa, lives in one of the most rural areas of the Free State province. He comes from a community in the mountains that border South Africa and Lesotho.
“My family is a very destitute family. It’s not very wealthy. They cannot even support me with money to register for universities,” Luckey said. “I lost my mom in 2004. I was about eight years old.”
Despite the hardship in his community, Luckey, motivated by support from his grandfather, made the decision to embrace education.
In grade 11, Luckey became interested in something called the Internet Broadcast Project, a collaboration between the University of the Free State and the education department within the province.
Luckey is one of more than 54,000 learners and 3,000 teachers who participate on a weekly basis. Subject experts present lessons from a studio on the university’s campus, and they’ve broadcast live via Mediasite to 70 schools across the province. Each participating school is equipped with unlimited internet access and a device called the iBox.
“When I started using iBox, I became number one,” Luckey said, adding that he’s preparing for his exit exam and entry into a university.
The ICT Innovation in School Education at the University of the Free State is a finalist for a Video in Education Scholarship through the Enterprise Video Awards. Hear from Luckey himself and see the initiative in action in the nomination video.
This is part of a continuing series about our 2015 Enterprise Video Award finalists. The award program recognizes Mediasite users for revolutionizing video in their organizations. Winners will be announced during Unleash 2015, our Mediasite User Conference April 27-29 in Madison, Wis.