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.

A Saqa document sheds light on the trends in universities over the last decade. While the proportion of qualifications awarded to Black and women graduates has increased substantially, the majority of these qualifications are still at relatively low levels - 6 and 7 on the National Qualifications Framework.

Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) Chief Executive Officer, Ntombenhle Nkosi, is to appear before Durban?s Equality Court to challenge the Durban High School for discriminating against her son?s language.

Study mate is a Department of Education's publication that was developed in 2007, as part of the recovery plan to assist learners to catch up with teaching time lost during the public service in 2007.

According to Ehrenreich, who represented labour at the debate, South Africa has not been able to use its material wealth to undo the damages of the past. Big business deals between multi-national organisations don?t help to solve social problems.

The Vaal University of Technology will confer an Honorary Doctorate in the field of Applied Sciences to Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena.

The Department of Education is horrified to receive a copy of a notice issued by the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU), calling all its KwaZulu-Natal Northern Natal members to a Teacher Forum, a school day, starting at 10h00.

Students at the University of Fort Hare have been urged to lead the country in cultivating a culture of energy conservation.

Former president Nelson Mandela personally congratulated 23 students who were awarded the Mandela Rhodes scholarship for 2008 in Johannesburg.

Thuthuka, the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants? (SAICA) initiative aimed at boosting the number of black South African chartered accountants, is yielding positive results.

The Western Cape Department of Education is to conduct a full investigation into the cause of a school bus accident involving pupils and teachers from Beacon School in Mitchell?s Plain. About 40 pupils and six staff members were injured when the school bus overturned on the R300 outside Bellville.

Sahara Computers has increased its ongoing contribution to the South African education sector with confirmation of a long-term, multi-phase project to fully digitize schools in Gauteng.

Primary school learners in the Western Cape are to receive training in an internationally recognised information technology (IT) programme.

Johannesburg scholars are set to benefit from a newly opened laboratory which will provide a free facility for Grade 10 - 12 physical science experiments as well as teacher training.

The North West Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Environment is to award certificates to 23 interns who successfully completed a 12-month internship programme on environmental management.

Financial services group Nedbank has launched a R15 million bursary programme aimed at addressing skills shortages in the banking and finance sector.

Parents have been urged play a more active role in bringing up their children so as to avoid the high incidence of crime in schools, says Education Minister Naledi Pandor.

Old Mutual has risen to the "Lapdesk Challenge? and pledged R3 million for the purchase of 60 000 lapdesks to be distributed in 74 schools throughout South Africa.

Government Spokesperson Themba Maseko said the surfacing of a racist video has highlighted that there is not enough integration in South Africa.

With a view to giving managers and executives an inside look into knowledge networks and their crucial, but often overlooked, role in business, the UCT GSB will be offering a pioneering programme - Social Networking for Industry Leaders.

"We have one freedom inside us that nobody can take away, the freedom of reaction/attitude in any given circumstance.' Viktor Frankl, the psychologist and concentration camp survivor.

The Western Cape Education department has provisionally budgeted R9 billion for education to ensure quality outcomes throughout the system.

The University of Venda officially opened for the 2008 academic year, after a delay due to the upgrading of student hostels and other buildings at the university.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has been allocated R2.8 billion, which is the largest share of the provincial budget, to further advance its mission of providing equitable access to education.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has partnered with the United Nations? World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to launch a new course designed to teach business leaders how intellectual property (IP) can be strategically leveraged to create value and sustain competitive advantage over time.

The North West government has set aside funds to ensure 716 additional schools to benefit from the no-fee school status this year.


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