The African Presidential Leadership Center (APLC) Chairman Ambassador Charles Stith in partnership with the SkX Executive Chairman Abel Dlamini hosted the CEO’s roundtable breakfast, held on the 30th October at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel Westcliff, Johannesburg, the theme “Toward A Continental Strategy for Education Excellence”. The roundtable speakers included Former President of South Africa HE Kgalema Motlanthe, Former President of Tanzania HE Jakaya Kikwete, Former Prime Minister of Kenya HE Raila Odinga. The insights and sentiments echoed by the Former Heads of State included the importance of cross continental collaboration, better private-public partnerships to enhance the education system, getting Africa ready to leapfrog into the Fourth Industrial Revolution also know Industry 4.0 and investing in Early Childhood Development. “In an increasingly high-tech global economy an educated populous is critical to nations being able to compete and its citizens being able to prosper;" this was the answer provided by APLC Board Chairman Ambassador Charles Stith as to why the upcoming African Presidential Roundtable on education is necessary. South Africa as well as the rest of the African continent have missed the opportunity to maximise and become active economic participants in the three previous industrial revolutions due to colonisation of the African countries, and extended inequality and oppression of apartheid in South Africa. According to the World Economic Forum Africa 2017, The Fourth Industrial Revolution will assist African economies to grow and become sustainable, even though there are many challenges that face the continent such as high levels of poverty, inequality, unemployment, ethical leadership and governance. The Youth on the African continent make-up a large portion of the African population and therefore youth need to be at the centre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution where governments provide the right policies and conducive . . .
Parklands’ teachers and students awarded for revolutionising education in the classroom Johannesburg, 6 November 2018 — iStore South Africa and Think Ahead last week presented the annual Excellence in Education Awards 2018. The prestigious Excellence in Education Awards event is the vehicle for educators and students to creatively explore using Apple technology and bring the curriculum to life in classrooms. The awards aim to acknowledge the need for classroom practices to adapt to the changing world, and this year more than 500 entries were received from schools across South Africa. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, presented the judges in each of the categories, and announced the runners-up and winners in each category. She commented, “Education needs to change to meet the demands of the world in which we work, live and learn. We need to ensure we develop skills such as creativity, critical problem solving and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards promotes and celebrates this critical educational shift.” Richard Knaggs, Director of Technology Innovation at Parklands College, added, “Thank you for your contribution to South African education by promoting excellence in educational technology through the Excellence in Education competition. I believe it is a platform that motivates teachers to make a real difference in the lives of the children they touch. It was an honour to have our learners and teachers recognised.” Parklands College won the following categories: 1. Curriculum Challenge, Gr 8 – 9, with their video “Unity in Community” (watch it here https://youtu.be/BIa3pP8vMJs) 2. Curriculum Challenge, Gr 10 – 12, with their video “Venus Flytrap” (watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRnP1_ENzo4) The Curriculum Challenge gave teachers and students the freedom to apply creativity across any area of the curriculum, subjects and cross-curricular projects achieving various learning objectives. Parklands . . .
Private-public partnerships may significantly help implement key infrastructure projects in our education system. The partnership between the Free State Department of Education and Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) is a celebrated case in point. KST itself is a collaboration between Kagiso Trust and Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (which had its genesis as Shanduka Foundation) that draws on the best practices of their respective Whole School Development programmes to create a unique district-based educational intervention in the Free State. The partnership is rooted in an integrated District Whole School Development approach to address a range of key education development needs, such as infrastructure development, curriculum development, social development and leadership in schools, with districts as implementing agencies in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts. Infrastructure development is a key part of KST’s District Whole School Development programme and is awarded to schools based on two categories, basic infrastructure and incentivised infrastructure. The provision of infrastructure is preceded by a thorough school’s needs analysis, which determines what facilities are either built or renovated. Basic Infrastructure Refers to the building or renovation of ablution blocks and classrooms, perimeter fencing and the provision of desks and chairs. All programme schools receive basic infrastructure where it is required and where it is not already being provided by government. Incentive infrastructure Refers to facilities such as science laboratories, libraries, computer centres, maths centres, multi-media centres and sports facilities. Schools that perform above the target that has been set by the Free State Department of Education, qualify for incentive infrastructure projects. Schools in the Fezile Dabi district that received infrastructure at the handover ceremony include SHS Mofube Primary School who received two classrooms that were built and . . .
Matatiele, Eastern Cape – Over the last six years the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC), in partnership with the Adopt-a-School (AAS) Foundation, has invested over R102 million towards uplifting and supporting 30 schools throughout South Africa. Yesterday, at Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School in Matatiele, Adopt-a-School Foundation will be launching Whole School Development projects in partnership with the IDC and Wipro Technologies and the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Schools in the Eastern Cape. The launch celebrates progress made in the five adopted schools in Eastern Cape, where the IDC has invested over R20 million in upgrading facilities at these schools including the construction of a library in honour of the Nelson Mandela 100-year centenary. AAS implements a unique, holistic approach when supporting schools, called the Whole School Development (WSD) model. This mechanism aims to improve and uplift the academic, infrastructural, social and security environments in adopted schools. WSD ensures that schools have the necessary management and community leadership to support an environment conducive to excellence in both teaching and learning. The five Eastern Cape schools supported by the partnership are Siwali Secondary School in Lusikisiki, Zamokuhle Junior Secondary School, Maraizell Secondary School and Tholang High School in Matatiele, and Nkonkwana Primary School in WillowVale. All five schools received significant infrastructural support and training. “The IDC’s main priority in CSI investment lies in education. Through our partnership with Adopt-a-School, we have been able to improve the quality of education in selected schools and today we celebrate the success of our investment” says Tebogo Molefe, Head of CSI at the IDC. “We are thrilled with the progress made at all the secondary schools we have invested in over the past five years,” added Molefe “The matric pass rate at the IDC schools we support has improved and that . . .
Johannesburg, 31 October 2018 — iStore South Africa and Think Ahead last week presented the annual Excellence in Education Awards 2018, which celebrate South African schools using Apple technology to transform teaching and learning. As the year 2018 marks a major milestone in the incredible story of Nelson Mandela – his centenary – the awards this year introduced a special category to honour Madiba. This category provided students the opportunity to honour the Mandela legacy by applying creativity to the theme of #RememberingMandela. Students were challenged to submit a two-minute video that must be innovative, creative and passionate. Zelda La Grange, Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant, judging the Gr 0 – 3 and Gr 4 – 7 categories, commented, “I was very honoured to have judged this category, and was so impressed with all the video entries that were submitted. It was so inspirational to watch!” The winners in the Gr 0 – 3 category: • First place: St Mary’s School, Waverley (watch the winning video here) • Second place: St Katherine’s School • Third place: St Mary’s School, Waverley The winners in the Grade 4 – 7 category: • First place: Clarence Primary School (watch the winning video here) • Second place: Parklands College • Third place: Herbert Hurd Primary School Brent Lindeque, Editor, Good Things Guy, was the judge in the Grade 8 – 12 category, and said, “It has been a privilege and an honour to be part of the Excellence in Education awards. I watched a lot of videos, and I have seen a lot of talent! Seeing the creativity and hearing the messages from the students has reminded me that this young generation will go on to do amazing things.” The winners in the Gr 8 – 12 category: • First place: Sibusisiwe Comprehensive Technical High School (watch the winning video here) • Second place: Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School • Third place: Ephes Mamkeli Secondary School CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCP2cQYN0bg&t=984s Did you know? For every Billion spent on projects globally, enterprises lose about 97 million dollars due to poor project performance. Let's face it - we are all managing projects every day! They may be simple or more complicated, but undoubtedly you are managing projects within your role. You don't need to be a project manager to learn how to manage your projects effectively and efficiently. This interactive presentation will provide the basics of managing projects - regardless of their size or complexity. Webinar attendees will learn a variety of tools, techniques and best practices to enable them to more efficiently manage the projects they are assigned and the projects they want to undertake, including how to socialize initiatives to get buy-in from others. This webinar will provide you with a better understanding of how project management can assist you in performing your role in your organization. Areas covered: Project Scope Statements Developing the business case for your projects Identifying and managing stakeholders Developing your Project Plan Itemizing your Work Breakdown Structure and activity list Enhancing your Communications Plan Identifying, planning and managing project risks Managing changes to the project Reporting on status Driving decisions from the team and key stakeholders Click here to check upcoming webinar for project management https://goo.gl/M9v8oP CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
Seven Engen sponsored bursars proudly received their graduation certificates at the Work4You Spring Stakeholders celebration in Salt River on October 24th. Cape-based NGO Work4You offers crucial work-training opportunities for persons with cognitive disabilities, significantly boosting employment of these young adults in the formal labour market. Engen has supported Work4You for the past 6 years. Over the past three years, 32 Engen sponsored bursars have benefited from this initiative, many of whom have entered the work place. Eleven bursars are currently being trained and will graduate in 2019. Lynn D’Alton, Work4You Operations Manager and occupational therapist, says Engen’s commitment has allowed the organisation to dramatically increase their impact on young adults with intellectual disabilities, who may otherwise never have afforded the training costs. Work4You focuses its attention on people with intellectual disabilities aged 18 to 30, acting as a bridge between the end of special needs education and supported employment in the open labour market. D’Alton says they boast high commercial employment rates, thanks to their skills and personal development programme, which is delivered by a team of professionals. To date, says D’Alton, 111 members have been placed in the open labour market. Of the 21 bursary candidates that graduated in 2016 and 2017, 19 have contracted employment. “We are very positive that the results for 2018 will be as successful as previous years. This is a success rate of 90.5%”. Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager Adhila Hamdulay says the company is fully committed to supporting people with disabilities. “We know this is a key area of need, and are humbled to play a part in seeing these young people gain relevant work experience and life skills, and then hopefully permanent jobs,” adds Hamdulay. It is Engen’s support has really enabled Work4You to continue advancing the employment of youngsters with . . .
The long-anticipated year-end exams are upon us and so are the challenges and pressures that, so often, go hand-in-hand with the experience. Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres explains “ It is crunch-time now and Grade 4 to 12 learners are busy working on the preparation necessary to achieve the best results possible. But, alas, not ALL learners feel motivated or willing to put in the effort that is needed at this time. Some learners may, in fact, show little or any interest in studying for their exams, leaving parents and teachers feeling worried about what can be done about it.” Is your child unwilling or unmotivated to study for the exams? Cindy gives the following top tips to help you and your child through this stressful time: 1. Remember that most negative behaviours are rooted in fear. Have a conversation with your child to try and establish what they may be afraid of. Fear can make them feel completely overwhelmed and it may just seem easier to look the other way when it comes to exam preparation or, worse, give up altogether! Help them put their fears into perspective - help them to understand that all they CAN do is their best. 2. Break the seemingly overwhelming task into bite-sized manageable pieces. Help or encourage your child to concentrate on working through past exam papers. Structure study times so that a goal is set to achieve a certain amount of work in the given time. This will give your child a wonderful sense of achievement when each task is completed. 3. Remind your child that, in life, there are some ‘yucky’ things that need to be done to get where you want to go. It means that, despite perhaps not enjoying the necessity of study, it needs to be done. 4. Explain to your child that the first 10minutes of any challenging activity is the worst. Once you get past that 10 minute mark, you seem to ‘roll’ more easily. Just get to it and see how it works! 5. Help your child understand that exams are . . .
When a new business is experiencing growth, there comes a time where every business owner has to consider investing in the further education and training of their staff. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you see your revenues beginning to stagnate, the first thing you need to do is analyze where you can optimize your current systems and more often than not, your employees are where the biggest improvements can be made. There is a variety of reasons for this, most commonly, as you begin to grow, new responsibilities are placed on your staff, as well as the need for more advanced operations and systems to be put in place. There may also be an increase in workload which can add additional stress to the work environment. If not addressed correctly, this can lead to an array of unnecessary challenges for your business. Such as projects not getting completed on time and costly mistakes that could have been avoided had your employees known the correct actions to take or had the right risk management procedures in place. The best way to prevent this from happening is by investing into the further education of your employees. Not only is it extremely beneficial from an ROI perspective, but corporate training also has significant tax benefits for businesses in South Africa. It has been proven time and again that sending your staff for specialized training can be the single biggest return on investment that you can make in your business. By utilizing a corporate training company, you can help them to become more effective, more productive and also teach your staff to look at specific challenges from a new perspective. Instead of losing valuable employees, you can rather help them to develop their skills and learn as your business grows. Here are some of the following courses which can help your employees become better: Conflict management and negotiation skills: Learning how to deal with conflict is not only important in the . . .
Embassy of Japan Lights Up the Orlando Children’s Home in Soweto On the 20th of October 2018 the Embassy of Japan in South Africa officially handed over a Youth Development Centre, equipped with a high-efficiency solar power system, to the Orlando Children’s Home. The centre will make it possible for children to enjoy various indoor activities, including Karate, Judo, basketball, singing and dancing, to contribute towards the healthy development of the youth. The event was attended by dignitaries including Yasushi Naito, Counsellor of the Consul of Japan in Cape Town, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, former First Lady and founder of Women’s Development Bank, as well as Reverend Frank Chikane, Mr Max Sisulu, Mrs Elinor Sisulu, Mr Murphy Morobe, Mr Pasty Malefo, Ms Mampho Brescia andMs Lalla Hirayama. The project was funded by the Embassy of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) and amounts to R4.4m. The development centre has an advanced solar power system that can produce 100% of the electricity needed for the building and reduce environmental burden. In this public and private collaboration project, a Japanese company, Kawaguchi Energy Natural Solutions, provided the required technology. The installed solar panels on the roof are one of the lightest in the world, flexible, efficient and is protected against hail. “Orlando Children’s Home is a place of hope and goodwill. It is encouraging to know that some of the graduates of Orlando Children’s Home have become successful businessmen and social workers who continue to give back to their community. We are honoured to be a part of programmes that inspire children to reach out towards their greatest dreams and aspirations,” says Yasushi Naito. Mr Naito is the longest-serving Japanese diplomat in South Africa. He has been in this position for 19 years intermittently since 1987. He also started the initial interaction with Orlando Children’s Home, 30 years ago. The Orlando Children’s . . .