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Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, gave interesting insights into education statistics at the Cornerstone Institute Talk: The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa.

Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, gave insights into education statistics at the Cornerstone Institute Talk ‘The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa’.

 

Professor John Volmink, Chairperson of MIET Africa, addressed the question “Are we at a much worse place today than in 1995?” in his talk about ‘The Challenges and Possibilities for Education in South Africa’ at the Cornerstone Institute.

 

In order to enter such highly debated discussion, John drew on both, his professional as well as his personal experience of the education system:

From his involvement in the curriculum reform in post-apartheid South Africa to being a father of ten to anecdotes about bakkie loads of exam papers and his own personal life-changing moment of getting funded to study, John provided great insight into what it takes to deliver education in Africa.

He summed up that we need to overcome five challenges to improve the South African education system:

Challenge 1: Inequality – there are currently Two Education Realities

Challenge 2: Poverty – recommended reading: Teaching With Poverty in Mind

Challenge 3: Dysfunctionality – put a stop to ‘Selling of Posts

Challenge 4: Lack of Courageous Leadership – mentorship programmes such as The Principals Academy can help

Final Challenge: Walking Together
John concluded: “We cannot take responsibility for the whole system, neither should we try and find the ‘silver-bullet’. What is needed is a ‘game change’: We need to find a way to walk together.”

 

Take a look at the photos of the speakers at the event.

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Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape in South Africa.

Alan Amory, from the South African Institute for Distance Education, is the Visiting Professor of Educational Technologies at the University of the Witwatersrand. In his talk at the Cornerstone Institute he addressed how technology is/will be used in the education, training and development landscape.

Did you learn how to learn? Can you recall being taught how to learn in school or university?

Knowing how to learn might be the most needed skill for the future path of education, as essentially all information out there is available in one mouseclick: online.

What is Blended Learning?

The term blended learning is generally applied to the practice of using both online and in-person learning experiences when teaching students.

It is a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace. While still attending a “brick-and-mortar” school structure, face-to-face classroom methods are combined with computer-mediated activities.

It’s increasingly used to describe the way e-learning is being combined with traditional classroom methods and independent study to create a new, hybrid teaching methodology.

Why Blended Learning?

Blended learning has many advantages, to name but a few:

What is the future of Blended Learning?

According to Alan Amory, worldwide trends in education go towards blended learning methods, which currently focus most on instructive and cognitive learning. Hopefully including more mediative education in future, Alan added as a side note to his talk at the Cornerstone Institute.

Regardless how quickly blended learning is integrated in the education system, one thing is clear: With nowadays technology you can access any information online and teach yourself as much as you like.

The one thing you’d need to learn for that however, is how to learn.

As most of us learned in a traditional one-way instructive-only environment, we need to ask ourselves: How can we design teaching better, now that we have the opportunity to rethink education systems with the implementation of blended learning.

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Our entrance steps are 300mm deep. Testing them with different sized feet. :)

Our entrance step is 300mm deep. Testing with different sized feet. 🙂

Thanks to my bad knee I developed a mild form of climacophobia, the fear of climbing stairs.

Any dodgy looking free floating staircase and I immediately freeze, knowing my knee can’t be relied upon to master any slippery slope.

So now that we’re building our own house, we get to define our own staircase, too and I’m wondering: What is the ideal spec for stairs?

I know from our structural engineer the standard spec according to the South African Building Regulations:
Depth: 250mm – the width of treads must be at least 250mm
Height: 200mm – single step risers shouldn’t be more than 200mm

But with only a depth of 25cm, already a shoe size bigger than 6 / 39 doesn’t fit flat on the step. So our plans suggest 300mm deep steps.

I guess I’ll have to be more conscious about climbing stairs and take note of those I prefer most.

What’s your favourite staircase? And what size are those steps?

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There's a reason for wearing closed shoes on a construction site...

There’s a reason for wearing closed shoes on a construction site…

Open shoes and rusty nails sticking out of the side of old wooden boards just don’t go well together…

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Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, gave a realistic yet hopeful, a commemorating and entertaining talk at the Cornerstone Institute about Planning for the 22nd Century, Environmentally.

Kumi Naidoo asks why there is such slow progress (in regards to tackling climate change) when the science is so clear:

Kumi Naidoo encourages: “Fundamental part of facing these challenges is to reclaim our democracy.”

He warns: “Most countries have a form of democracy without the foundation of a democracy.” And gives as an example: “USA is as good a democracy as money can buy.”

Kumi criticises South Africa’s corruption:

Kumi continues by commemorating his friend Lenny who told him: “You must not give your life, you must give the rest of your life.”

An emotional talk about sacrifices:

Kumi rounds up his talk by quoting Gandhi: “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Kumi Naidoo concludes: “If Gandhi was right, we’re just one step away from winning.”

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Heat loss around the house without and with insulation: Gaps around doors and windows 25%, Walls 25%, Floor 15%, Windows 15%, Roof 25%.

Heat loss around the house without and with insulation.

 

Why insulation?

It might be law!
In South Africa the ‘SANS 10400-XA (2011): Energy usage in buildings’ lists quite some specific insulation requirements.

It saves you money …in the long run.
So your energy bills won’t be literally going through the roof, invest in insulation and save an average of 15% on heating and cooling costs.

It’s green.
Installing insulation saves energy and thus reduces your carbon footprint.

It keeps you comfy.
Insulation doesn’t just keep you warm, it can also keep the noise out.

It adds security.
Modern double glazed windows are difficult for break-ins, hopefully deterring any attempts.

 

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Heavy rains caused our new foundation trenches to fill up like a moat around a castle.

Heavy rains caused our new foundation trenches to fill up like a moat around a castle.

The South-Easter, Cape Town’s (in)famous wind, hauled this past weekend with rain pouring down like out of buckets, causing our flat to flood. Or, as I try to euphemise it: Adorning our living room wall with a water feature… 😉

A similar sight greeted us on site, where the rain had accumulated in the trenches and wouldn’t drain off thanks to the high amount of clay in the ground.

This somewhat turned our construction site into an adventure play ground or a giant sand castle, including moat and all.

You can see, walking across the trenches over the planks turned into a bit of a tricky but also fun thing to do: 😉

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