Orlando Pirates learning Centre
- It began working with 12 schools in the area now its working with 14 primary schools and 14 high school.(Acer for Education video)
- Education focus on mathematics and English literacy
- Open 6 days a week
- Catering for pupils between the ages of 8 and 16 years
- 20 hour course
- After school program which works with the education department
- 1037 learners have benefited from the learning centre over 18 months (Acer for Education video)
- 568 hours were spent on improving mathematics and English literacy (Acer for Education video)
- Over 600 Microsoft documents were created by these learns (Acer for Education video)
- The teaching staff from the respective schools select the students that they think can benefit from the program
- It has 20 regular volunteers each week
- The centre gets +/- 150 students per week
- The centre has 56 computers and 2 smart boards
Facebook Page link
XD Virtual Tour of Learning Centre
Basic Education Department
- learner-educator ratio (LER) in Gauteng – 1 Teacher : 28.5 Learners
- learner-school ratio (LSR) in Gauteng – 1 School : 804 learners
Just out of interest fact, there are 758 more primary schools than secondary schools
primary school to secondary school ratio 2 Primary schools : 1 Secondary school
That is a scary statistic.
How effective is the Orlando Pirates learning Centre?
Learner-Educator ratio (LER) in Gauteng – 1 Teacher : 28.5 Learners
Learner-School ratio (LSR) in Gauteng – 1 School : 804 learners
- Therefore [ 804 / 28.5 = 28 ] 28 classes in total
- Primary school have 7 grades [ 28 / 7 = 4 ] 4 classes per grade
- Secondary school have 5 grades [ 28 / 5 = 5.6 ] (in this case I will round off to the lowest whole number) 5 classes per grade
- 12 schools have [ 12 x 804 = 9 648 ] 9 648 students
- 14 schools have [ 14 x 804 = 11 256 ] 11 256 students
- So if the centre is working with 14 primary and 14 secondary schools
- The total number of students in 28 schools equals to [ 11 256 x 2 = 22 512 ] 22 256 students
Limit – the learning centre caters for students between and equal to the age of 8 and 16 years. Which are students in Grade 2 to Grade 10.
- Primary school Gr 2 -7 = 6 grades with 4 classes each which equals to about [ 4 classes x 6 grades x 28.5 learners = 684 learners ] 684 learners per primary school.
- Secondary school Gr8 – 10 = 3 grades with 5 classes which equals to about [ 5 classes x 3 grades x 28.5 learners = 427.5 learners ] 427 learners per secondary school
There are round about 13 schools with in a 30 min walking radius from the Orlando stadium 5 secondary schools and 8 primary schools. So I will omit 1 primary school because it has the most number of learners, … and It began working with 12 schools in the area now its working with 14 primary schools and 14 high school.
- 12 Schools
[ 7 primary schools x 684 learners = 4 788 learners ]
[ 5 secondary schools x 427 learners = 2 135 learners ]
Total learners = 6 923 learners
- 28 schools 14 primary & 14 secondary schools
[ 14 primary schools x 684 learners = 9 576 learners ]
[ 14 secondary schools x 427 learners = 5 978 learners ]
Total learners = 15 554 learners
- 1037 learners have benefited from the learning centre over 18 months
- 568 hours were spent on improving mathematics and English literacy
How much time did each learner spend on the computers at the learning center in 1 month?
- 1037 learners
- 18 months
- 568 hours improving mathematics and English literacy
(round off to lowest whole number)
[ 1037 / 18 = 57.61 ] 57 learners per month
[ 568 / 18 = 31.5 ] 31.5 hours per month
[ 31.5/ 57 = 0.55 ] 0.55 hours per learner which is equal to [0.55 hours x 60 minutes = 33 minutes] 33 minutes per learner
So in one year the learning centre benefits [ 57 x 12 = 684 ] 684 students.
- 12 schools
684 learners out off 6 923 learners.
9.8 % learners will benefit
ratio 1 out of 10 students will benefit.
2.8 learners per class
Class A has 28.5 students in grade 2.8 by the time they complete grade 10 which is a 9 years period. 25 learners could be exposed to 33 minutes of improving mathematics and English literacy provided each student goes once.
4 classes x 2.8 learners x 6 grades = 67 learners per primary school x 7 =469 487 learners
5 classes x 2.8 learners x 3 grades = 42 learners per primary school x 5 =210 217learners
- 28 schools
684 learners out off 15 554 learners.
4.4 % learners will benefit
ratio 1 out of 23 students will benefit.
that is 1 learner per class
The qualities I took out of my readings and research that define my project.
The Ubuntu Symbiote
Ubuntu: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” (From a definition offered by Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee.)
A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, based from a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.
Tutu further explained Ubuntu in 2008:
One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.
We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole World. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food and attend him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?
The Symbiote from Wikipedia
Originally known as the Klyntar are a fictional race of amorphous extraterrestrial parasites which appear in the Marvel Comics shared universe. The Symbiotes envelop their hosts like costumes, creating a symbiotic bond through which the host’s mind can be influenced.
Wikia Klyntar history
The Klyntar, better known as the Symbiotes, are a species of amorphous symbiotic extraterrestrials from the Andromeda Galaxy. In their natural state, the Klyntar were benevolent, and endeavoured to create an intergalactic peacekeeping society by using the symbiosis they need to subsist in order to transform worthy hosts into the ultimate noble warriors.
The reason why I chose to call my project a symbiote is because of its abilities. Which I may have unconsciously been expressing through my intuitive design process.
Here is the list of a symbiote abilities from Wikia Marvel Universe
Some of which I think can be expressed architecturally others can be expressed through the values and intention of the intervention.
◾ Symbiotes can control the actions of their hosts at a certain point.
◾ Symbiotes that have fully bonded with their hosts have a more biologically complex symbiosis with their hosts, and can share thoughts and memories with them. Carnage has also been known to hide in its host’s blood stream.
◾ The symbiotes are said to have ‘genetic memory,’ and can read the memories of others of their kind by absorbing chunks of their material.
◾ Symbiotes tend to be dense, and can absorb even the force of bullets before they reach their hosts.
◾ All symbiotes have the ability to form tendril-like pseudopods. Venom has used this to great effect by forming weak tendrils and shields from his constituent matter. Carnage discharges tendrils of her constituent matter instead of webbing. Scream has numerous tendrils composing her costume’s “hair”, which she has used as a powerful whip.
◾ Terrestrial symbiotes additionally have the power to form solid appendages from their bodies, and have been shown to form spikes, talons, and blades. Carnage was known to throw axes from time to time, but the weapons quickly crumbled when separated from the symbiote. Venom’s ability to form webbing is probably a primitive form of this ability. Mac Gargan has been shown to be able to form a scorpion-like tail while hosting the symbiote, and the Venom symbiote of Earth-982 allowed host Norman Osborn to form solid appendages, such as a extra limbs. This shows that any symbiote can gain the ability to form more solid appendages if exposed to the Earth environment for a long enough period of time.
◾ Venom and his descendant symbiotes have been shown to be adept at controlling their coloration. This allows them to take on the appearance of normal clothing, to provide highly effective and complex camouflage, and to even disguise their hosts’ physical features.
◾ Symbiotes have the ability to process breathable gases when the host normally cannot breathe (for example, in water).
◾ Symbiotes can expand to any limit in order to cover any host or object.
◾ The Carnage symbiote has shown the ability to somehow convert negative emotions into biomass, enabling it to fully regenerate from a few cells.
◾ There is evidence to suggest that the relative power – or at least physical strength when bonded to a host of comparable build and musculature – increases with each generation, given that Toxin is known to be much stronger than his “mother”, Carnage, who in turn is known to be significantly more powerful than her progenitor, Venom.
◾ It is implied that the more successive hosts a symbiote has, the more powerful it becomes. Klaw speculates this to be the reason the Carnage symbiote has abandoned Cletus Kasady for more powerful hosts before returning to him, and Flash Thompson tells “Peter Parker” that the Venom symbiote was far stronger than it had been when it initially bonded to Spider-Man. This is supported by the Venom symbiote being able to form a scorpion-like tail when bonded to Mac Gargan and fully transforming into various forms of weaponry when bonded to Flash Thompson, an ability it was explicitly stated to lack when bonded to Eddie Brock.
- Wikipedia, (2015). Ubuntu (philosophy). [online] Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_%28philosophy%29 [Accessed 14 Oct. 2015].
Location – Fordsburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Building Program – Multi-Function. Depends on User Preference
How To Make Fordsburg and the Oriental Plaza seem as one place to an outsider?
How can one better and support the current economic culture?
This project deals with creating spaces for economic growth and opportunities for anyone willing to use them. As well as maintaining and uniting the two bodies’ public infrastructure.