Education Conversations

Education Conversations 18 August 2021

On 18 August, KT hosted the Education Conversation Series webinar in partnership with the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Education.  Themed: COVID-19 and the catalysing of a 4IR driven culture of learning, the webinar was chaired by Prof Kathija Yassim from the Department of Education Leadership and Management in the Faculty of Education at the University of Johannesburg. A big thank you to our panellist for making insightful contributions.

  • Mr. Andreas MakgobaTopic: How to digitally equip schools for 4IR. Makgoba is principal at from Lekkerbreek Primary School.
  • Ms. Mukateko SitholeTopic: Rolling out robotics in schools. Sithole is a senior education specialist at the Limpopo Department of Education (Capricorn North District).
  • Ms. Lindiwe MahlaliTopic: Teaching Coding through knitting. Mahlali is Founder and CEO of Africa Teen Geeks, and Apodytes (Pty) Ltd.

Education Conversations 2020 events

Kagiso Trust held its first virtual Education Conversations webinar on 09 July 2020 themed: Ways of bridging the digital gap in the times of Covid-19. The current landscape has emphasised the importance of developing critical 21st-century abilities. The purpose of the Education Conversations is to provide advice on how to increase learners’ performance. The webinar focused on two key areas:

  • Ways to enable learning during COVID-19, which was delivered by Dr. Shafika Isaacs. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Adapting to online learning and teaching, delivered by Dr. Francois Naude. The presentation can be viewed by clicking here.

Click here to watch the webinar.

Another Education Conversation webinar organised by the Kagiso Trust in partnership with the University of Johannesburg Faculty of Education and Bridge was held on 17 September 2020. The webinar focused on psychosocial issues for education during Covid-19 times. The robust conversation was moderated by renowned scholar Professor Kathija Yassim.

The Education Conversations, hosted in partnership with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Faculty of Education, were established in 2012 as a platform for education stakeholders and society at large, to engage on issues critical to education reform.

Each year we host and facilitate dialogue sessions to discuss the state of our education system and unpack sustainable solutions to improve it. Working together with University of Johannesburg, the outcomes of the dialogue sessions are submitted to the Department of Basic Education for consideration.

Some of the topics that we have covered:

  • Education in a multilingual society
  • 20 Years on: A closer look at The Role of SGBs in School Governance
  • Matric results 2013 in retrospect
  • What are the basics resources necessary for a school to be successful?
  • The State of our Education System
  • Education an essential service? What will government do differently?
  • Has society abdicated its responsibility towards education?
  • How have unions responded to the shifts in the teaching profession?
  • Evaluating and incentivising educator performance

The role of youth involvement in the Education Conversations directly impacts, not only sustainability of the events, but the education system as a whole.

These future educators, practitioners and public servants have shared their varying views of South Africa’s education and proposed ways to improve and structure our education initiatives.

The robust engagements with the students, who are not limited to UJ, have shown us that given a chance, our youth are more than capable of making South Africa a better place for all.

Kagiso Trust and UJ produced the Our Vision for South Africa booklet (also known as the Visions Booklet) for the Education Conversations, which discussed the vision people had for South Africa’s education system. The booklet was developed with 90% content made up of student contributions.

Education System

Education Conversations 2019 event