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.

South Africa plans to attract expatriate academics to share their skills in short exchange programmes and research projects, as an alternative to moving back to South Africa. "We need to look at repatriation in a flexible and pragmatic way. Repatriation does not only have to take the form of people coming back to live for good,' said Minister of Education Naledi Pandor.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka says higher education is a national resource that is fundamental to the growth and development of a nation and its people. Speaking at the opening ceremony of the University of South Africa's (Unisa) main campus for this academic year, the Deputy President said it was imperative for higher education to develop and generate the qualifications, competencies and skills that the nation needs to drive its development agenda.

South Africa’s Auditor-General Terence Nombembe has committed R3, 8 million to help the University of Fort Hare produce the country’s future crop of quality chartered accountants. The Auditor General’s office signed an agreement with the university to mark the beginning of a long-term partnership envisaged to see the AG financially supporting the university on an annual basis.

The Universities of the Witwatersrand and Johannesburg will collaborate on a series of projects to develop the City of Johannesburg and Gauteng, with a particular focus on FIFA 2010 Soccer World Cup projects. A memorandum of understanding was to that effect was signed by Vice Chancellor of Wits Prof Loyiso Nongxa and his UJ counterpart Prof Ihron Rensburg.

The North West Education Department is to replace the management at Taletso College?s Mafikeng campus, as it failed to register last year?s students on time

The Education Minister has announced a ground-breaking partnership with a consortium of leading players in the construction sector.

The Portfolio Committee on Education is calling for written and verbal submissions on the Further Education and Training Colleges Bill.

About R1 million is expected to be raised in this year's Presidential Golf Challenge to be held in Cape Town on Saturday, to benefit the country's students.


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