About ADET

About ADET



Growing up on the family farm amongst the ancient hills of the Cradle of Humankind, a young Timothy Nash was intrigued by the remnants of the past that marked his playground. As he grew into adulthood, so his interests grew and his explorations spread across the globe. Returning to South Africa, Timothy had a clear vision of what was needed to succeed in a digital society. He also saw that the most effective and innovative education programs didn’t reach those most in need. In order for our Rainbow Nation to shine, he considered that it was the moral responsibility of those more fortunate, like himself, to extend the advantages some take for granted in order to build a better future for all.

By combining a conviction that STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Mathematics) skills and English literacy are essential to succeed in today’s working environment, Tim conceived what has now grown into the African Digital Education Trust (ADET). Registered in 2015 with 33 children, this not-for-profit organisation encompasses a host of charitable projects managed from the ADET campus in the historic township of Westbury, Johannesburg.

ADET currently has two main philanthropic programmes that serve a wide range of our local community members:

  • ADET STEM-Galactic: The ADET STEM-Galactic vision is to serve Westbury and other nearby disadvantaged communities through the educational support of school children by facilitating after-school programmes in STEM (Science, Technology, English Literacy, and Mathematics) subjects.  The ADET Westbury campus currently hosts 187 registered students from 23 different schools in the area who attend 299 supervised student classes 5 days a week. The campus also serves light meals and refreshments to all learners as well as green space to play and occasionally extracurricular activities like dance.
    • STEM-Galactic, which provides software-based:
      • Maths (Matific) – online self-paced maths programmes, Grades R-7;
      • English (Reading Eggs) – online self-paced literacy programmes, Grades R-7;
      • Robotics for high school students;
      • IT and general training for teachers.
  • Nat Geo “Umsuka”: The National Geographic “Umsuka” Public Palaeoanthropology Project (Nat Geo “Umsuka”) is committed to the mission of increasing the accessibility of our common fossil hominin heritage for South Africans of diverse backgrounds in order to engage them with the past in ways that unite us in the present and help us to work towards a better, shared future.
    • Nat Geo “Umsuka,” which brings the subject of human evolution and the resources of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site to learners of all ages:
      • Cradle Ambassadors retreat;
      • Teacher and site-guide training;
      • In-class student enrichment modules and/or speakers.

As ADET’s influence grows, so do our positive impacts on local communities. We currently have the following Community Programmes either underway or in planning:

  • Thandulwazi Collaboration
    • ADET is currently working with Thandulwazi (the excellent Maths and literacy “Saturday school” for previously disadvantaged students), held at St Stithians College, to create a “satellite” Thandulwazi at ADET-Westbury Campus commencing January 2018. One of the impediments to students from Westbury and its surrounds attending Thandulwazi, is to be able to afford the transport and to get safely to St Stithians and back on a Saturday. The “satellite” would use Google Hangouts to enable students to “attend” the Thandulwazi classroom from the ADET campus in Westbury, while being supervised by suitably qualified individual(s). We are starting with a Grade 10 class in 2018, then add classes year by year, so that eventually all the Thandulwazi grades (8-12) are covered from the ADET campus in Westbury.
    • An additional Cradle-based palaeontology exploration programme is also in planning for Thandulwazi Life Sciences students in 2018. The programme will entail a tour of Maropeng (the official visitors’ centre of the Cradle of Humankind) and overnight accommodation at their Hominin House Educational Facilities followed by a full day of touring the famous fossil sites of Malapa and Gladysvale, alternated with hands-on palaeo-activities at the Cradle Nature Reserve. The program is projected to run 1─2 times annually for 50 pax per session.
  • Community Digital Centre
    • We are currently approaching various donors to raise funding to renovate/convert one of the disused building on campus into a community digital centre. The purpose of the community digital centre will be to provide access to computers/the Internet to more senior students not covered by the STEM programme and also to adult members of the community – to enable them to, for example, further their studies, improve their businesses and generally to provide them with access to digital resources that those in communities such as Westbury are not fortunate enough to enjoy. Funding has been secured to cover the operating costs of the centre for the first three years, once we have been able to confirm funding for the renovations (approximately R300,000.00).

ADET Westbury campus tours can be arranged by emailing: info@africandet.org.