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 course is breaking new ground in business education and aims to give delegates a thorough understanding of the science behind climate changes as well as its implications for business and government.

Schoolchildren in Kliptown, Soweto have become the first in South Africa to benefit from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) campaign, reports the Mail and Guardian.
One hundred children from the Kliptown Youth Programme have joined the community of 250 000 children from developing countries across the world in being owners of the worlds cheapest and child-friendliest laptops.

An innovative cell phone based programme aimed at improving maths performance is being piloted in two schools in the North West Province.The pilot project known as "M4Girls' uses Nokia 6300 cell phones that are pre-loaded with educational material to help improve the mathematics performance of Grade 10 learners. The project is an official world first for Nokia .

The Education Department has been given the thumbs up for its efforts to increase teacher salaries. Education expert, Professor Tom Bisschoff of the Witswaterstrand University’s Education and Management said the move will encourage new teachers to join in the field.

Forty-two schools from all over the country received over R2 million in prizes as Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Minister of Education Naledi Pandor honoured the Most Improved Schools of 2007.

Wits University’s Centre for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine (CESSM) was officially inaugurated as a FIFA Centre of Medical Excellence at the University.Among the invited guests were Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, CEO of the World Cup’s Organising Committee Danny Jordaan, FIFA’s Chief Medical Officer Professor Jiri Dvorak and University officials.

The Department of Education has established a committee to investigate the extent of discrimination in public higher education institutions.

Minister Pandor announces names and terms of reference of the committee on Progress towards transformation and social cohesion and the elimination of discrimination in Public Higher Education institutions.

One of the most pressing challenges facing societies across the world today is the high unemployment among the youth. Even though the current generation of youth enjoy better educational opportunities, youth unemployment has reached alarming levels.

A lack of parental involvement, bullying and punishment for late-coming are some of the reasons why there is a high rate of absenteeism among South African pupils, according to a report.

TSiBA Education recently launched a great new idea with its Trust that may revolutionise the way schools and tertiary institutions approach their funding in the future.

It is very difficult to attempt to present a closing address at a conference you did not attend. The themes and the list of speakers indicate that all the relevant issues have been addressed and that a range of solutions have begun to emerge.

New buildings are usually a sign of growth and prosperity. They are usually a sign of an investment in the future.

Dave Duarte uct gsb nomadic marketing

The online communication revolution is affecting the way we live, work and play on an unimaginable scale and South African business needs to learn how to use the latest cutting edge Internet marketing techniques in order to stay competitive - this according to Dave Duarte, one of South Africa?s leading online marketing experts.

On the issue of drop out, the committee concluded: "There is a problem of learner retention, which is more pronounced after Grade nine.

Education Minister Naledi Pandor will unveil the redesigned Thutong Education Portal which has been simplified to allow for easier searching and research.

In an effort to promote, protect and equalise educational opportunities for disabled learners, R5.4 million has been allocated to 27 special schools by the Limpopo Premier?s Discretionary Fund.

Climate change needs to be recognised by South African business as a critical economic and social issue, and not simply an environmental concern, says Jonathon Hanks, Director of a pioneering new course - Reducing the Carbon Footprint - to be offered by the UCT GSB.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka has praised educators for their commitment to education as well as the impact their work was having on addressing the country?s skills shortage.

Well known for providing students with a solid, relevant and globally competitive business education, Wits University will now offer advanced management courses in KwaZulu-Natal for the first time.

An education specialist has the R121.1 billion national budget allocation for education as key to growth and development in the country. "Trevor Manuel has been an enthusiastic supporter of programmes that could make a difference while growing capabilities and opportunities by improving quality and access to education,' said Graeme Bloch, an education specialist from the Development Bank of Southern Africa.

Bergvliet High School in Cape Town is the first school in the country to convert from chalk blackboards to interactive whiteboards. The school has swapped all its blackboards for whiteboards at a cost of R1,5million. "It makes our pupils better learners", says Deputy Principal Stephen Price. "It makes us want to teach and our learners want to learn!"

Three top Limpopo teachers will compete for the Aggrey Klaaste Maths, Science and Technology Educator of the Year awards to be held on Thursday evening.

The teachers each won R5 000 cash in the provincial leg of the competition last week.

Western Cape Education MEC Cameron Dugmore has called for the Public Service Commission to investigate the appointment procedures for teachers and non-academic staff at schools in the province. This follows a school employee being convicted of raping a colleague at Villiersdorp Secondary School.

UCT GSB African Deans meet

The UCT Graduate School of Business recently played host to the first Association of African Business Schools (AABS) Governing Board meeting for 2008 with business school deans from Nigeria, Rwanda, Kenya and Ghana, Senegal and South Africa in attendance.


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