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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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