Thousands of teachers and learners are expected at the seventh annual African Education Week and Career Indaba at the Sandton Convention Centre from Thursday 20 June until Saturday 22 June. The events offer teachers practical courses to improve their classroom and technical skills and learners can attend talks on career choices and how to find a job after matric. All expo visitors are urged to pre-register online. Says African Education Week’s programme director Claire O’Connell: “we are committed and passionate about helping to improve and change how teaching and learning take place in classrooms across Africa. I want to invite all teachers to come along to African Education Week’s Learning Expo and attend more than 60 free workshops on the expo floor and learn from our expert speakers and from each other. A wide variety of topics are covered, from engaging students in science and maths, to applying the latest technology in the classroom.” Career Indaba Entrance to the Career Indaba expo is also free and aims to bridge the gap for students between studying and entering the world of work with presentations on career guidance in a variety of fields, job interview and CV writing tips, celebrity appearances and much more. All grade 11 and 12 learners, university and college students and their parents are welcome at Career Indaba. Talks are offered on a variety of career paths, including the entertainment industry, theatre, fashion, printing, the wine and hospitality sector and management accounting. Learners can also attend workshops on how to choose the right career, how to apply for bursaries and hear celebrities such as 5FM’s Sureshnie Rider and DJ Fix and singer Chad Saaiman share their success stories. Parents also very welcome “I want to urge parents to encourage their kids to pre-register for Career Indaba and come along as well”, says Claire O’Connell,” the expo is open until Saturday 22 June. Moms and dads will find the free workshops very . . .
The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has just produced a practical book for facilitators, which features creative workshop plans, resources and materials developed over many years. Published as an accessible resource (free to download from the CCDI website), the CCDI Creative Facilitation Guide is called boxcutter: a practical guide for the facilitator who wants to bring out the creativity in everyone, especially those who make things by hand. The guide is based on the methodology developed by the CCDI over the past 11 years (offering creativity workshops to the Western Cape craft sector) to address limited production capacity, lack of product innovation and poor product quality. “As a facilitating organisation, most of the institute’s work is about reshaping the dynamics of a system; and building people’s capacity and confidence to mediate their way, successfully, through the system,” said CCDI Executive Director Erica Elk. “The CCDI viewed the problem of copying and lack of origination as a function of limited exposure to new ideas, isolation from the market place, and a lack of process techniques to stimulate fresh thinking. “It’s not just about education, or lack thereof, but about access and exposure to resources, networks, contacts, opportunities and ideas.” Over the institute’s first decade, it developed processes aimed at growing craft producers’ ways of seeing and at giving them the skills to stimulate their creativity and become their own product developers and innovators. The CCDI’s first attempts at building this methodology were project-based, followed by annual programmes and activities that included the development of the visual awareness and creative skills of craft producers. This, over time, gave rise to the integration of creativity workshops as well as visual awareness stimulation sessions as part of the CCDI’s annual training programme. The recognition of the value of this approach by some key funders made it possible for . . .
Free, practical workshops for teachers at the Learning Expo “African Education Week provides a platform to air problems and find solutions: such platforms are very important. We have to talk; we have to hear each other. This is the only way to decide on priorities, to agree on solutions, to find real pathways to real quality.” So says independent education specialist Graeme Bloch and moderator of this year’s African Education Week opening session on 20 June at the Sandton Convention Centre. The leader of Agang SA, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, is the keynote speaker. Graeme Bloch is a regular contributor to the event: “It is the discussions, the meeting of colleagues, the wide input of stakeholders and the practical orientation that keeps bringing me back to African Education Week.” Now in its seventh year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. The conference programme addresses challenges in Basic as well as Further and Higher Education and the Technology Indaba focuses on the increasingly important roles of technology and e-learning in the classroom. Main challenge: to get our schools working Asked what made him smile and what made him worry regarding South African education, Bloch states: “The kids are what make me smile, their energy and optimism. They will fly if we let them. Education is not an employment bureau for adults.” He continues: “the main challenge is a big one: to get our schools working. We need better accountability from politicians and government; better teaching; fair and more resources to fight poverty. Jobs for our young people. It will not be easy or quick: we have to do it: parents, community and teachers working with government.” The event is increasingly becoming pan-African, with an international panel discussion part of this year’s programme: Discussion theme: “Developing more effective school and higher education . . .
Prior to the commencement of Protection of Harassment Act on 27 April 2013, bullies could escape the long arm of the law if their conduct fell just short of a criminal act. Bullies are now well within the reach of our courts. A bully as young as fourteen and possibly even younger can be the subject of a protection order and, if a bully continues to harass the victim, he/she may face criminal prosecution. Kathleen Rice, Director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says that the Act, in its preamble, states that the rights of children are of paramount importance. “Clearly, the drafters of the Act appreciated that, frequently, the victims of harassment are children. For this reason, the Act allows any child who is victim of harassment to apply to court for a protection order even in the absence of assistance from parent or guardian. A parent or guardian may also apply for a protection order on behalf of a child,” she explains. Rice says that children, in addition to being the victims of bullying, are also often the perpetrators of bullying. “In terms of the Act, an application for a protection order can be instituted against "any person" who has engaged in harassment. It is therefore possible to obtain a protection order against bully who is a child. “A protection order will not be granted against any person, including a child, if the person did not know or cannot be expected to know that his/her conduct is causing harm. Whilst bullying itself may fall short of criminal conduct, the breach of a protection order that prohibits bullying behaviour is a criminal offence. “Given that a protection order is enforced by the criminal courts, a court will be unlikely to grant a protection order against a child who is too young to face criminal charges,” she explains. “In criminal proceedings,” notes Rice, “a child over the age of fourteen is presumed to have criminal capacity in that he/she will have the ability . . .
African Education Week and Career Indaba to gather more than 5000 people in Johannesburg in June With free learning content increasingly becoming available through open access digital platforms, there is growing pressure on the lecturer at higher education institutions to re-think the way they present learning opportunities. “The world is changing and there are different ways of gaining knowledge. Information is immediately available through the internet that can be accessed through iPads, smartphones and laptops”, says Prof Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He is part of an impressive line-up of speakers at the 7th African Education Week Annual Convention and Learning Expo to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 20 – 22 June. This year’s theme is “Building future leaders in education”. Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele will deliver the keynote session. Teach learners how to find information Cronjé who is also part of the opening session will also participate in a panel discussion on ‘E-learning in action’, says “we need to discard the old idea that the professor is the fount of all knowledge. The challenge now is for academics to make an effort to teach learners how to find information and how to design knowledge and learning packages that are relevant to them.” However, although there is an increasing reliance on content that can be accessed online, Adele Botha, principal researcher at CSIR Meraka believes that the classroom of the future will look the same but it will act differently. “The fundamentals of teaching will never change. Younger people want to learn from older people and those they identify as role models. But they want to learn differently. The lecturer has to become the person who pulls together the different forms of social media as tools of acquiring knowledge. The lecturer will also increasingly encourage students to create media that is suitable to . . .
Science teacher inspired Dr Ramphele “to work hard and believe in myself” “Educators have a sacred duty to nurture talent and inspire every child to become, from all aspects, the best human being possible!” – Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of Agang SA, says this will be her message when she delivers the keynote address during the opening session at the upcoming African Education Week at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 20 June. African Education Week programme director Claire O’Connell says: “we are extremely honoured to have Dr Ramphele at our event. Particularly since the theme this year is ‘Building Future Leaders in Education’, it is very apt for such an inspirational figure as Dr. Ramphele to address the people who directly serve and influence the learners and students of South Africa. Dr Ramphele’s exceptional example of leadership has been witnessed throughout her formidable career in education, politics, medicine and business.” The African Education Week Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. Science teacher inspired her: Dr Ramphele says she had one particular teacher at school who inspired her: “My science teacher, Mr Gouws. He encouraged me to work hard, to listen attentively and to believe in myself.” She says the most important thing that needs to change in South African education today is “raising the level of expectations of what we are capable of: our children, teachers and citizens should ensure that mediocrity is relegated to history!” Her thoughts on this year’s theme of African Education Week, ‘Building Future Leaders in Education’: “Make every child matter and ensure through interaction and encouragement that they become the best people they . . .
Building on the success of last year's HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge, innovative multinational technology company 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B² are gearing up for a reprise in 2013, along with new partner Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology. The call is out now for Grade 10 learners to enter the 2013 Challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they face. Those entrants who make it to the final round will benefit from a week-long immersion in 3M's wealth of intellectual and product resources, in support of their quest to become South Africa's Top Young Innovator. Backed by the Department of Education and lauded by Derek Hanekom, the Minister of Science and Technology, the Challenge is the brainchild of 3M and HIP2B², and is designed to inspire innovation in everyday life. The success of last year's Challenge attracted the attention of the Innovation Skills Development Unit (ISD) of the TIA, which works to foster innovation skills within the innovation value chain from high school learners to Higher Education Institutions and research institutions. With the TIA's additional support, the programme has been propelled into two new provinces -- Eastern Cape and Limpopo -- further broadening its reach into rural areas. HIP2B² was founded in 2002 to promote the study of Maths, Science and Technology-related subjects as a means to develop problem solving skills and analytical thinking. Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards a growing culture of entrepreneurship, which will better ensure South Africa’s future economic prosperity. "We rely on strong corporate partnerships like the one we have with 3M to keep on making a difference in the lives of South African learners, by unlocking their 'inner innovator' through fun, well-structured and well-resourced educational programmes like the Challenge," said Cathryn Treasure, Managing Director of . . .
African Education Week to gather experts in Johannesburg in June South Africa has a shortfall of about 40 000 skilled artisans and industries often have to import migrant workers at exorbitant costs. In a recent speech, the South African Minister of Higher Education, Mr Blade Nzimande, quoted this figure when he opened a technical training academy in Cape Town. Those involved in training artisans therefore rejoiced when Nzimande in March declared 2013 the Year of the Artisan. “The Year of the Artisan is good news for the industry because we need to seriously focus on training people for the trades,” says Mr Sam Zungu, principal of the Umfolozi College, an institution for further education and training (FET) with five campuses in KwaZulu-Natal. “Young people need to be made aware of the great need for skilled people. This country needs artisans across the board in fields such as electricity, plumbing, fitting and turning and mechanisation. The biggest need is in the energy sector where we need skilled people to maintain and build infrastructure.” He continues: “Eskom is battling and new power plants are being erected. But we do not have a big enough pool of skilled people to draw from locally for these projects. We are moving towards the same situation as before 2010 when the country had to import artisans to work on the stadiums and infrastructure needed for the Soccer World Cup.” The Year of the Artisan dovetails neatly with the South African government’s National Development Plan (NDP). This plan focuses on reducing poverty and inequality by 2013 and crucial to attaining to these goals is the stated aim of training at least 30 000 qualified artisans annually. African Education Week Sam Zungu is chairing a panel discussion on the future of FET Colleges during the upcoming African Education Week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 19-22 June. He explains that while artisans can earn quite high salaries, there is still a . . .
Thought-Leaders discuss Freedom Charter A Public Dialogue discussing “The Freedom Charter as a living document” will take place at lunchtime on Friday 26 April 2013 in the Senate Hall at UNISA, as part of the project CREDO – A Musical Testament of the Freedom Charter. In direct synergy with the rationale behind the CREDO content, the CREDO Public Dialogue events hope to create lively platforms for rigorous debate; challenge prevailing presumptions and encourage on-going conversations within the socio-political space. Expected to attract a broad-ranging audience, key thought-leaders in the sector will take part in what promise to be provocative panel discussions; and highlights of this debate will link to thoughts on the celebrations of UNISA’s 140th anniversary, and the staging of CREDO. This dialogue – and another scheduled to take place in July – will be facilitated by well-known writer Brent Meersman, author of the poem that inspired Bongani Ndodana-Breen to write an oratorio on the Freedom Charter. The first panel will comprise of Professor Raymond Suttner, Dr. Essop Pahad, former Minister of Justice Brigitte Mabandla and Mr Jabulani Sithole. Raymond Suttner is an emeritus professor at UNISA and part-time professor at Rhodes University. He has published extensively on the Freedom Charter, including the TB Davie Memorial lecture at UCT in 1984 and 50 years of the Freedom Charter (with Jeremy Cronin, UNISA Press, 2006). Suttner was involved in the liberation struggle, including working underground in the 1970s. He spent over 11 years in prison and/or under house arrest. His other writings include: Inside Apartheid’s Prison, 2001, UKZN and Ocean press) and The ANC underground, Jacana and Lynn Rienner, 2008). Dr. Essop Pahad became involved in the political struggle from the age of 13 in the work of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress on whose Executive Committee he subsequently served from 1957 - 1964. From the onset of the democratic, . . .
Esteemed artist and academic Virginia MacKenny discusses Waymarker – A Painter’s Progress with reflections on ‘A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela’ (c1139) as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts series, on Tuesday 23 April. The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th-century illuminated manuscript formerly attributed to Pope Callixtus II. Written in Latin between 1135 and 1139, it is a compilation from a number of sources and includes sermons, liturgical text as well as polyphonic musical scores from the medieval period. It is also the first known text that records the various routes through France and Spain on the Way of St James, more commonly known as the Camino, to Santiago de Compostela. Made up of five volumes it is Volume V, Iter pro peregrinis ad Compostellam (loosely translated as A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela), which informs this talk. Described as the first tourist guidebook, it points pilgrims to monuments, landmarks, local customs and food on their journey to Santiago. Last year Virginia MacKenny walked over 700km along the French section of the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Chemin de St Jacques. She followed the Via Lemovicensis, a lesser-trod route on the Chemin de St Jacques, one of four routes through France described in the Codex Calixtinus. Starting at the UNESCO heritage site of the Romanesque church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine,Vézelay, MacKenny made her way through Limousin to St Léonard-de-Noblat, Limoges and on beyond Perigeux, following the historical landmarks and reliquaries highlighted in the Codex. Carrying the prayers and dedications of other environmentally concerned artists and individuals, she dedicated her walk “to the Earth and all living beings on her”. With an emphasis on ‘treading lightly’ on the planet, she saw the walk as a literal act of grounding and emulated artistic tradition by recording both the external and internal topography of her journey in watercolour. An exhibition,Waymarker on her return included . . .