Transformation of Africa’s academic landscape vital

The quality of Africa’s knowledge economy has a direct impact on the development of its human capital. Having assisted close to a million people join and participate in the mainstream economy, FUNDI has identified transformation in South Africa and in Africa’s academic landscape as a compelling motivation to get involved in the 4th industrial revolution.

In partnership with the UNISA School of Business Leadership (SBL) and the African Presidential Leadership Centre (APLC), the inaugural FUNDI Education Forum will be held at The Venue in Melrose Arch on Tuesday 31 October 2017 to discuss and initiate conversations on how we can move the continent forward through education.

“Skilful transformation of our business to accommodate the changing landscape of education has put us at the forefront of global economic growth and development,” says Amasi Mwela, CEO of FUNDI. “We recognise education as an enabler for critical thinking that drives innovation and economic growth. It is for this reason that the Inaugural FUNDI Education Forum will have a panel discussion with some of the continent’s past presidents.”

It is against the backdrop of the APLC Forum, that the collective experience of former African Presidents will be brought into the Inaugural FUNDI Education Forum. Their involvement will play a crucial role in the review and discussion of policies that are required to steer innovation and transformation in the continent’s academic systems. The panel of dignitaries will include former President Thabo Mbeki; President Goodluck Jonathan; former President Amani Abeid Karume; former President Rupiah Bwezani Banda; former President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete; former John Dramani Mahama; former Nicéphore Dieudonné Soglo and former Prime Minister Frederick Tluway Sumaye.

“Progress and Innovation in the sector cannot take place without getting invaluable insights and learnings from these Former African Head of States who have driven and motivated learning and economic growth in their respective nations,” says Lucretia Khumalo: FUNDI Managing Executive Fund Administration.

Education reform of this nature cannot be left to governments, academic institutions and investors to secure alone. The Inaugural FUNDI Education Forum encourages accountability and participation of all stakeholders as they define how they will meet their own responsibilities within Africa’s academic landscape.

“By creating a space for some of the more experienced political leaders on the continent to come together with business and academia, FUNDI hope to make a positive contribution to the academic landscape in Africa.” concludes Mwela