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 Schools World Cup was launched in an effort to stimulate excitement around the 2010 FIFA World Cup for the 12 million school pupils in South Africa, writes Simangaliso Zwane.

A meeting between South Africa and the European Union (EU) agreed to strengthen co-operation in the fields of research and education networking.
The 7th Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee (JSTCC) meeting was held in Pretoria.

It is an open secret that the Departments of Education and Labour have long been at odds on who enjoys primacy when it comes to addressing South Africa’s skills shortages. But, writes Jim Freeman, there are encouraging signs of a thaw in relations - not only on a political level but also, and much more importantly, in the actual halls of learning.

Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena will officially open the National Science Week (NSW) aimed at persuading the youth to pursue careers in the science field.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has allocated more than R40 million extra for rural schools who struggle to find qualified and competent teachers.
Speaking at the meeting of the Provincial Legislature, Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore said the additional R40 million is expected to attract qualified and competent staff particularly in subjects such as mathematics, science and life orientation.

Rewriting of examinations for thousands of unsuccessful 2007 matric learners gets underway.
The learners who did not make it in the final examinations were given an opportunity by the Education Department to complete their matric through the Intensive Tuition and Support programme.

The University of Pretoria’s Law Faculty is giving aspirant lawyers, learners currently at high schools across Pretoria an opportunity to use their existing knowledge of legal arguments at mock court sittings.

The Burnstone gold mine opened near Balfour in Mpumalanga in July last year, but local residents lacked the technical skills needed at the mine, while school leavers didn't qualify for bursaries that were on offer.

Our national employment strategy has focused a lot on small businesses, which we have always believed to be the key job creators in the economy. But an international academic, speaking at the Stellenbosch Business School, says there is no evidence to support this assertion.

Botswana has set a good example to other African countries for investing more in education, says North West MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, Darkie Africa.

While Grade 6 learners in the Western Cape are making steady progress in improving their literacy skills, Maths still remains a huge challenge, according to latest study by the provincial Education Department.

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has been named as the most influential business school based on the African continent in a new international survey in which 1 000 business school deans from around the world voted.

The learners from Mitchell's Plain, Athlone and Retreat will join millions of children, teachers, parents and campaigners in over 100 countries teaching their politicians, officials and government representatives including journalists the important lessons about human rights, justice and responsibility.

The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) has allocated more than R40-million extra for rural schools who struggle to find qualified and competent teachers with the aim to attract such staff in schools.

The 28 May is a public holiday following Freedom Day on Sunday, while 1 May is Workers Day. The Friday was declared a public holiday because two public holidays fell on the same day this year.

The increased allocation in the education budget will primarily be used to provide the poorest schools with libraries, science labs, halls and extra classes, according to the Western Cape Education Department.

The country’s undefeated female wheelchair tennis champions, Kgothatso Montjane and Sydwell Mathonsi are the first South African wheelchair tennis players to qualify for the Paralympics.

Ekurhuleni learners are set to prove their reading skills and language proficiency when they take part in the annual Strongest Link Reading Competition at the Boksburg Civic Centre Auditorium.

With investors increasingly looking for guidance and sound advice on protecting and growing their hard-earned savings, the UCT Graduate School of Business is offering a programme for financial advisors called Advice-Based Financial Planning, which is geared to giving advisors the critical tools to best take care of their clients.

Heartlines, a mass media project aimed at promoting values in South Africa has launched an interactive free Educator’s Guide to support Life Orientation teaching in schools.

In order for South Africans to fully capitalise on the potential that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) holds for education, ICT must be encouraged in schools, says Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

The Wine Business Management Programme, which is now in its fourth year, is a pioneering offering in South Africa that instils the comprehensive spectrum of business skills and leadership acumen needed for success in the wine industry.

An advisory body to advise government on the importance of protecting Indigenous Knowledge Systems, is to be unveiled by Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena.

e-Schools aim to harness Information and Communication Technology (ICTs) in a bid to improve the quality of teaching and learning in African primary and secondary schools and allow African pupils to participate in the global information society and knowledge economy.


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