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 Minister of Education, Mrs Naledi Pandor has been informed by the Vice Chancellor of the University of the Free State, Professor F Fourie, that an urgent meeting of the Council has been arranged to discuss the despicable events that were reported in the media.

Saqa?s Fourth Authority appointed by the Minister of Education, Naledi Pandor is a significant milestone in that it represents a strong representation of the key role players in education and training with a majority representation from civil society.

A high drop out rate after Grade 9 and poor quality of education indicate a serious need to improve resources, teaching and increase the assessment of learners, says Minister of Education Naledi Pandor.

Cathy Robinson fully supports the call for skills development funds to be directed to the public FET Colleges. "Many of the Colleges have raised their standards considerably with the help of the recapitalisation funding. The institutional landscape has altered unrecognisably and I am proud to be part of this growing, competent sector," Robinson tells us.

Dispute settlement through mediation before a court trial will save companies and individuals hundreds of millions, Adv Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, chairmain of Equillore, said at the opening of the University of Stellenbosch Business School?s (USB) new Africa Centre for Dispute Settlement.

Students aboard the Scholar Ship spend a semester aboard a 201-meter ocean liner in an intercultural living and learning environment

Cape pupils will be educated about the importance of keeping beaches clean, through a programme themed "Don?t mess with South Africa?s beaches' - which is a partnership of the city council and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The KwaZulu-Natal government has set aside R21.6 million for the Early Childhood Development (ECD) programme for 2008 for children throughout the province

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) will run a special leadership retreat for business and other leaders in South Africa this May which will be directed by Dr Jon Kabat-Zinn, one of the world?s leading figures in meditation and a pioneer who has been instrumental in bringing meditation into the mainstream of medicine and society.

The City of Cape Town?s nature reserves are assisting schools with Geographic Information System (GIS), a new section in the geography curriculum of South African schools.

The doom and gloom of a possible recession on the way, rising global inflation, the rising oil price and lower investment returns should not keep South Africans from imagining the future success of the country.

A centre for training mediators and teaching the concept of dispute settlement will be opened at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB).

The UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has welcomed Lance Stringer as its new Director of the MBA Programme and Linda Ronnie as Director of its Associate in Management (AIM) and Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration (PDBA) programmes.

The national education budget remains the highest of all government deparments, rising to R120 billion in the year ahead. This includes money for school infrastructure, another 600 000 children to benefit from early childhood education and a 30% increase in school feeding schemes.

Johnson and Johnson (JandJ) has teamed up with the University of Cape Town?s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) to create an innovative leadership development programme specially geared to advancing women in the company.

The new Bill of Responsibilities for the youth of South Africa will be taught in all schools as part of life orientation skills, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor. Unveiling the Bill, the minister said there was a need to instil a culture of respect and responsibilities among the youth.

The Eastern Cape has invested more than R85 million in supporting financially needy students to obtain their basic qualifications

The Education Laws Amendment Act (Act 31 of 2007) was passed by parliament and signed into law in December 2007

The doors to learning were opened wider this week with announcements of financial relief for university and school fees.

In a bid to ensure effective learning at needy schools, Old Mutual has provided 60 000 lapdesks worth R3 million to learners at 30 schools in the country

A Maths and Science symposium is to discuss a plan to increase the matric pass rates at rural schools in the eThekwini Municipality

The Gauteng Education Department is building 70 new schools throughout the province to help curb overcrowding and ensure the smooth running of the education system

National Education Minister Naledi Pandor has released the text of the National School Pledge for public comment. The minister is proposing that the pledge will be recited by learners in assemblies and classrooms across the country. View the video clip of the Minister reciting the pledge here.

These schools serve the same community. What is it, I wanted to know, that makes the one successful and the other unsuccessful


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