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.

Government has made progress on the pilot "Kha Ri Gude' Mass Literacy Campaign by enrolling 360 000 learners. The Education Dept will be spending R6.1 billion on the campaign over five years to enable 4.7 million South Africans achieve literacy by 2012.

The University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB) has been named the No 1 business school in South Africa by the Professional Management Review (PMR.africa). The USB achieved the highest overall score of 4.11 out of a possible 5 points in the annual national survey of MBA accredited schools.

The Zenex Foundation has invested over R12 million to develop schools of excellence in rural KwaZulu-Natal, with a particular focus on Maths, Science and English. The project was launched in the province by the Education MEC at the Phungashe Education Resource Centre.

The provincial Department of Health in KwaZulu-Natal has offered bursaries to students from poor backgrounds, who want to take up their studies in the health field. The offer applies to students who have already completed their matric, currently in matric, or those enrolled in tertiary institutions studying towards health related qualifications.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor has urged universities to do more to help first-year students adjust to the new academic learning and teaching styles they experience when they reach the tertiary level. She said the failure of schools to support learners in acquiring effective competence was among several factors contributing to the difference between success at school and success at university.

The majority of Grade 12 students this academic year have registered for maths and science subjects, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor. "This academic year sees the largest number ever registered for maths and science in Grade 12. We hope this will give us growth and progress in science and related fields,' explained Pandor.

73 top secondary schools are benefitting from high-level consultation workshops with leading business strategists Chantell Ilbury and Clem Sunter. The popular pair have been brought in by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation to host workshops with the headmasters to help them maintain their schools? high educational standards.

Ethiopia's Ministry of Education and the University of South Africa (UNISA) signed an agreement that will enable the latter to launch PhD programmes through videoconferencing.

Minister for the Public Service and Administration (DPSA), Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, together with the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and its partners from the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, launched two e-learning centres at Buhlebemfundo Secondary and Albini High School in Durban.

"Internet connectivity has completely changed the way people work, share ideas and pass on information," explains the UCT GSB's Jon Foster Pedley. "To operate and be successful in this challenging new world, business requires new perspectives, new ideas and new models.' This concept will be explored in their 'Creategy' course.

The Western Cape Department of Education is seeking ways to provide further support to students displaced during the recent attacks on people from other countries, saying that it is important that their education continues.

The Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and the University of South Africa (UNISA) have partnered to make Sunnyside a hub of student life.

A group of informal traders have received their certificates for completing the Grow Your Business course run by Wits University in partnership with the City of Johannesburg.

Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya has challenged delegates attending the International Schools of Social Work Congress to look at ways of improving the relevance of studies in social work to meet the increasing demand for services.

Addressing the media during the provincial government?s quarterly media briefings in Johannesburg MEC Motshekga said the provincial government had improved school infrastructure including renovations to school buildings

Over 400 orphans and vulnerable children in the North West received school uniforms and stationery from the provincial government.
The handing over of school uniforms was part of the back-to-school campaign launched by the provincial government early this year.

Kofi AnnanAnnan will receive a Doctorate of Literature and Philosophy from Unisa's College of Human Sciences in a special ceremony to be held at the university's Pretoria Campus where he will address media and invited guests.

They were attending an exhibition, at Wits's Senate House in Braamfontein recently, set up for traders taking the Grow Your Business course, according to the city?s official website.

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.

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.

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.

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