Issued by: Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Durban — The Alumni of Asoka High School have given the concept of ploughing back to your community a new meaning, by mobilising the private sector and public sector to not only invest in rebuilding their former school, in Chatsworth, Durban, but create a pioneer pilot initiative at the school, which will see many schools making use of SAP software, known as erp4schools solutions for teaching and learning.
Noticing the deterioration of their former school and the need for technology to be central in the school processes, the former students, who are now professionals, leaders and managers in different industries, approached SAP Africa to be a partner in campaigns and initiatives aimed at educating, building capacity and training young people in the community and the surrounding areas. In response to this call, SAP, through its University Alliances programme, agreed to the partnership, which will see the Asoka High School as a focal point and a platform for rolling out SAP software for teaching and learning.
The partnership is further strengthened by the collaboration with the Durban University of Technology, which will serve as an incubator for the educators of Asoka High School and for other educators who will follow from this pilot project.
To kick-start this initiative, six academics from the Durban University of Technology, who will be providing support for the school, are attending a 10-day intensive course on SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (TERP10). The TERP 10 certification is a direct response to the global forecast of SAP skills in the market estimated between 50 000 and 60 000. The University Alliance programme is one of the key drivers entrusted with the responsibility to close the skills gap by training and certifying SAP skilled graduates. The new certification standard is in line with trends, opportunities and challenges that developing African economies have to contend with as a result of rapid economic growth and technological advancement.
ldquo;African countries, like many other countries across the globe, have embraced the need to build requisite skills for growing economies to meet the demands of the 21st century. In the future, jobs in companies’ administration department will be supported by IT and require qualified employees. These employees will know how to work with standard systems as a matter of course, but they will also need an in-depth understanding of highly integrated business processes,” said Max Fuzani, SAP University Alliances Manager in Africa. “This certification was created to address this need.”
The SAP school alliance initiative through the erp4schools solution addresses various needs for schools, benefiting the educators and the learners.
“This initiative will, at another level, expose learners at school level to these ERP systems and provide them with insight into what to expect in the work environment, allowing an easy transition to ICT systems,” adds Fuzani. “With this initiative, learners also have an opportunity to work on online projects with other learners, irrespective of the physical location and time constraints, interact with teachers and parents and experts of schools.”
To implement and learn a process-oriented way of working using enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, SAP has developed a new approach. Using the concept of self-organised learning, students learn how companies use SAP software to run their processes. Erp4schools is a scenario for schools. Parts of it are available on the Internet at www.erp4schools.com.
A nationwide work of vocational schools, commercial and other schools interested in business matters are further developing the scenarios. The erp4schools has two main features:
* Process orientation
* Integration of ERP
Erp4schools addresses the following:
Human resources (HR)
* Personnel development
* Financial accounting
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