News

Launch of Screening+ Profiler

Recent research has suggested that whilst many teachers claim to know about dyslexia and how to handle it, most assessors lack the confidence to say who, is dyslexic unless it is a clear-cut case. As a consequence, many dyslexic adults are going undiagnosed and unsupported, often being failures at college and subsequently have difficulty in securing appropriate employment. The problem according to Dr Smythe, an international authority on the impact of different languages on dyslexia, is that multilingualism and a diverse quality of English teaching is making assessors fearful of making errors due to insufficient knowledge and training, and it can be solved easily by changing the paradigm as highlighted by the launch of the Screening+ Profiler today.

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Do-IT Solutions research: One in four kids in Soweto survey want to end their lives

Frightening statistics have emerged from a study of secondary school kids in Soweto, where it was found that 39 of the 160 in the study had wanted to give up on life.

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The Profiler is set to become a powerful NGO tool used in Social Upliftment Programmes

We have partnered with the South African Non-Governmental Organisation Network (SANGONET) to market The Profiler to over 40,000 NGO's in Southern Africa. The initiative is set to start in January 2014. We invite NGO's who are interested in using The Profiler in their work to contact us to discuss the possibility of using The Profiler for their interventions and research work.


Developing the Talent & Career Management Programme in 2014

Our agencies are partnering with the Sedibeng Department of Basic Education and Sedibeng College in the Vaal Triangle in Gauteng to use the school-based Profiler in conjunction with the FET sector to assess, screen, identify and manage the career interest of school learners aiming to enter Higher Education. The International Foundation of Inter-Disciplinary Health Promotion - an NGO active in Spain and now also based in South Africa, will be the implementing career guidance partner in the project. We are inviting interested funders, colleges and education districts to contact us to start similar projects in your target areas. We are especially interested in corporate social investment programmes that wishes to invest in their target populations. 


The Profiler for FET - Upping the ante in student profiling

The Profiler for Further Education and Training has just added a range of additional assessment protocols - migrating from our basic bronze package to the gold and platinum packages. Both of these upgrade packages now offer to provide better profiling intelligence on student functioning. Colleges are now able to get greater insights on student needs. Please see our FET packages for more information.


Launching our mobile testing units in South Africa

The Profiler for schools has been steadily gaining a reputation for assisting educators and districts to improve student literacy and numeracy performances. While the availability of broadband and internet is a real challenge for many urban and rural schools in South Africa, we have piloted a solution in the Sedibeng region in Johannesburg, South Africa. The successful pilot made use of a partnership model, where special mobile units went into a school and assessed hundreds of learners per day, using laptops or notebooks. For example, in one week over 1400 learners were assessed in 10 schools. Individual reports were generated for every learner and the school and district were provided with online password access to view high level aggregated data. The data has been used in planning interventions with specific learners as well as the design of larger scale interventions by the districts and schools. The testing is done cost-effectively, fast, efficient and above all professionally. We are also proud that this initiative is set to grow and create small business opportunities for young people with IT skills whose company is contracted to service the school. This is surely a great win-win solution for our South African unemployment problem!