Education

Education, best described as the process of imparting or receiving knowledge, is one of the highest priorities on the global agenda. Across the world, governments and organised groups are working to eradicate illiteracy in order to emancipate impoverished people groups. Education can take place in formal and informal settings, however, schools and learning institutions are the primary mediums through which people receive an education in modern society. Reading and writing are the foundations of formal education.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) is giving a new twist to a tried-and-tested business function this August with the launch of a course on strategic project management.

Unisa is now using Freedom Toasters to provide students with course-related resources. The Freedom Toaster is an innovative content delivery kiosk that allows users to choose and burn relevant content onto CDs, DVDs or USB flash drives using an easy touch screen interface.

Taking a local brand to the global arena requires a focus on "only a few things?: start with one country at a time, lots of cash and a good distribution partnership. These were the words of advice from Justin Letschert, CEO of Union-Swiss, a leading South African producer, distributor and exporter of skincare products, most notably Bio-Oil®.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) will host an open information session at its campus on 09 July. Individuals based outside the Western Cape now also have the opportunity to take on the highly regarded UCT GSB programmes in a flexible way as the School offers these over a modular format.

"Many of our children come from homes and schools without books and they do not have the attitudes and skills that come from living in a language- and print-rich environment," Ms Carmichael said, adding that the Ready to Read programme will provide such a platform.

Professor Frank Horwitz, who has been leading the UCT Graduate School of Business for the last five years, will be leaving to take up the role of Director of the Cranfield School of Management in the UK. "Cranfield is a world player in a highly competitive business school environment and I am deeply honoured to be appointed to lead this top school," Horwitz said.


Burning issues around Adult education and training and the critical importance of literacy and numeracy to South Africa?s sustained economic growth will be debated by leading experts and academics at the IEB Adult Education Conference on 9 July 2008. Leading expert in adult education Professor John Aitchison will deliver the opening address.

Learners who outperform their peers in science will be recognised at the 44th National Science Olympiad awards ceremony.
The countrywide science competition is made up of questions that are curriculum-based and includes learners? general knowledge on science and technology.

Empowerdex Director Vuyo Jack will be leading the Experiential Black Economic Empowerment course to be run at the UCT GSB. The course will explore the pressing issues and challenges around BEE implementation and investigate what leading companies have done to overcome these and make their BEE initiatives a success.

The Gauteng Department of Education has encouraged people to join the teaching profession by committing to pay for their studies. "If you commit your life to teaching, Gauteng will commit to paying for your teacher education and training,' said Gauteng Education MEC Angie Motshekga, tabling her R16.629 billion budget for the department.

Executives and managers are expected to look into a crystal ball and protect the enterprise in the future - despite the fact that sustainable competitive advantage does not exist. This was the view of Louis Volschenk who told the University of Stellebosch Business School that there is a never-ending race to create new sources of advantage.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor told the students and academics at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences that they should assist the continent by ploughing their skills into African economic growth. Their contribution would be greater than any they could make in developed countries, she told them.

The schools form part of the Gauteng Department of Education?s commitment to build 54 educational facilities in particular areas, identified through the governments Priority Townships Programme.

To help senior business leaders get to grips with local and global business challenges and find innovative ways of creating value during hard times, the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is offering its Executive Leadership Programme (ELP) this August.

At least 50 students will have the opportunity to study environmental science at Higher Education Institutions through the Indalo Yethu Environmental Scholarship Fund.
Indalo Yethu (meaning Our Environment or Our Heritage), which is South Africa?s environmental campaign, was launched in June 2006 by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

As a parent you may get shivers of dread to even think of discovering that your young teenager drinks during breaks at school, or devastatingly worse, to find that your twelve-year old son is HIV positive due to his sexual exploits behind the bicycle shed.

The South African youth AIDS prevention project Star School which operates under the auspices of Thanda Lodge?s, The Jobs AIDS Conservation (JAC) Initiative, Star School is being commended the runner up in the Global Business Coalition (GBC) Award for Business Excellence on HIV/AIDS in Community Philanthropy at their annual Awards for Business Excellence in New York City.

The University of Johannesburg should ensure that the redeveloped Soweto Campus is part of a comprehensive university that aspires to provide a demanding and rigorous learning experience in a vibrant and exciting intellectual environment. This was the message from Education Minister, Naledi Pandor, who was speaking at the opening of the redeveloped Soweto Campus of UJ.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor will open the University of Johannesburg?s Soweto Campus on June 16th, to coincide with Youth Day which commemorates the 1976 Soweto uprisings.

It is only through innovative and creative approaches that South Africa will stand any chance of significantly addressing its skills backlog, says Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore. Dugmore said vocational skills shortages were being experienced around the world.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching a landmark course this July that will give marketers and business leaders clear insight on how to best reach the estimated 36-million cell phone users in South Africa.

The Mpumalanga Education Department has allocated R91 million towards Early Childhood Development (ECD) which aims to increase the number of children who access the Grade R programmes.

All learners should strive to broaden and deepen their understanding, skills and knowledge to become informed and attain the highest possible marks in all subjects, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Four students from the University of Cape Town have become the first winners of the inaugural FNB Universities Business Challenge (UBC) of South Africa.
Coordinated by UBC Worldwide, the competition is aimed at helping university students jump start their careers through realistic simulations of business challenges.

The initiative forms part of a skills development partnership, between the provincial Office of the Premier and the Education, Training and Development Practices Sector Education Training Authority (ETDP SETA), on bursaries for critical and scarce skills.

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