The evolution of our company
Knowledge should be freely accessible
The Free High School Science Texts project begins publishing Open Educational Resources (OER) as a group of students get together with the conviction that they need to share their knowledge, for free. With the collective power of volunteer collaboration, the project produces open textbooks for Gr 10-12 Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry, allowing teachers and learners to print or share them digitally.
A project with an open mission
Off the back of the FHSST work, Siyavula is born as a fellowship project within the Shuttleworth Foundation, with the aim of making openly licensed content available for all grades and subjects within South Africa. The government prints and distributes millions of the open textbooks to all learners in the country. Siyavula goes on to produce additional open content in Gr 4-9 and refines the collaborative authoring process, volunteer contribution and unique content production pipelines.
Transition to a technology company
With help from the Shuttleworth Foundation and PSG Group Limited, Siyavula Education is spun out as a company in pursuit of long term sustainability and stability. The focus is on building an integrated learning experience, drawing on the benefits of open content and adaptive practice for mastery in Maths and Science.
Further expansion and reach
With an investment from the Silicon Valley-based group, Siyavula becomes part of the Omidyar Network. The company turns its attention to expanding into international markets bringing Siyavula Practice to the world.