WorksheetCloud, a Cape Town-based edtech company, has made history by providing free, live-streamed online school lessons to over 40,000 South African learners in Grade 3 to 7 in just two days after launching.
WorksheetCloud, founded by father-and-son team Dereck and Adrian Marnewick, originally developed an award-winning exam study app that helps learners revise for school tests and exams.
“Twelve days ago we began thinking about ways in which to help the country during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Dereck Marnewick, Chief Financial Officer. “Social media was buzzing with parents pulling their hair out trying to homeschool their children. We have access to award-winning technology and highly experienced teachers, so we launched WorksheetCloud Live Lessons.”
Pictured: Western Cape Premier Alan Winde with WorksheetCloud CFO Dereck Marnewick
WorksheetCloud was the recipient of the Best Emerging Business Award in the 2015 Western Cape Premier’s Business Awards. The company has been growing ever since, and decided to pay its success forward and offer South African children a free way to keep learning during the lockdown, while providing parents with a few hours of rest each day.
“Our company’s purpose is to add a little bit of happiness to families by reducing the stress around school exams,” says CEO Adrian Marnewick. “When the national lockdown hit, we redirected our time and money to the Live Lessons project. It’s a first for South Africa as nobody has ever taken on a project of this magnitude in such a short space of time. To the best of my knowledge, it’s even a first globally.”
WorksheetCloud Live Lessons can be used for free by any learner who has access to an internet-enabled device.
A schedule of upcoming live lessons is posted on the website. Learners can opt to attend a live lesson, or watch recordings of previous lessons. After every lesson, free downloadable homework resources are made available for each grade.
Currently the site offers lessons to Grade 3 in English and Mathematics, and lessons to Grades 4 to 7 in English, Mathematics and Natural Science. WorksheetCloud has plans to launch additional grades and subjects this week.
Parents and learners can access the site at www.worksheetcloud.com/live
WorksheetCloud Live Lessons is expected to broadcast live-streamed lessons to over 100,000 learners within the next 5 days.
The project is funded by WorksheetCloud along with a sponsorship from MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet.
Pictured: WorksheetCloud CEO Adrian Marnewick
Pictured: WorksheetCloud CFO Dereck Marnewick
WorksheetCloud is an edtech company founded in 2014. The company is bootstrapped (self-funded) and owned by the Marnewick family. WorksheetCloud.com is a premium exam study app that helps learners prepare for tests and exams from Grades 1 to 12. WorksheetCloud Live Lessons is a project developed by WorksheetCloud and was launched on 2 April 2020.
About MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet is one of South Africa’s biggest fundraising programmes and raises over R4 million every month to help over 8,000 schools, charities and animal welfare organisations. The programme allows you to make a difference, just by shopping.
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