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African Education Week and Career Indaba ready to make a difference again

02-26-2013 07:32 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: African Education Week

Education is serious business right now

Education is serious business right now

Leadership in education, technology in the classroom, STEM education*, OERs** and the future of higher education are some of the pressing issues that will be focused on at the annual African Education Week and Career Indaba taking place in Johannesburg from 19-22 June this year.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
**OERs = open educational resources

African Education Week Annual Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains Africa’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event.

Claire O’Connell is the programme director: “over the past seven years African Education Week has established itself as the leading content-rich platform that unites cross-sections of participants from all education sectors, as well as representatives of government and business.”

Education is serious business
She continues: “Education is serious business right now, not only in South Africa but throughout Sub Saharan Africa with governments and the private sector recognising that there can be no further delay in getting the education system on track to provide the skilled workforce desperately needed to drive economic growth. Today African governments are making strategic decisions on how they will respond to the demands of 77 million new students.”

According to Claire O'Connell: “public spending on education in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by more than 6% per year in the past decade. South Africa alone spent R207 billion on education in 2012, which is set to increase in the next fiscal year to R236 billion. African Education Week offers a credible and tried-and-tested platform for the sector where the decision makers meet up with the best service providers who have the latest technologies and solutions on offer.”

A great platform for us all
The African Education Week conference committee boasts well-known independent experts who are not afraid to tell it like it is, including Graeme Bloch and Eugene Daniels, Education Connector, Citizens Movement for Change, as well as the highly respected Prof. Kuzvinetsa Dzvimbo, Executive Dean at UNISA’s College of Education and technology in education expert Kobus van Wyk, head of e-Learning at Mustek.

“This has always been an event by the industry for the industry”, says Claire O’Connell. “The sector benefits from a truly interactive event, where time is given to debate the real issues effecting education and then followed up on the exhibition floor with demonstrations and a hands-on experience.”

Graeme Bloch has been a regular face at the event since the start and this year is chairing several sessions again. Says Bloch: “African Education Week again confronts the issues of problems in our education system, widely agreed, and the need to find solutions. African Education Week does not leave us lamenting but helps us to do what has to be done. A great platform for us all.”

Programme highlights at African Education Week will include:
• OPENING SESSION: Building Future Leaders in Education
Chairman: Graeme Bloch, independent education consultant
- Stepping up to responsible leadership
Gavin Keller, Principal, Sun Valley Primary School, South Africa
- Changing the course of education through active citizenship
Louise van Rhyn, Executive Director, Symphonia, South Africa
- Towards globalisation and changed leadership
Olive Mugenda, Vice Chancellor, Kenyatta University, Kenya*
- Leading change in a digital age
Johannes Cronjé, Dean, Informatics and Design, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa

• FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION:
The turnaround strategy for FET Colleges: Creating institutions of choice

• BASIC EDUCATION
Engaging learners in STEM education

• EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INDABA
Panel discussion: OERs in education

Career Indaba bridges the gap
More than 4000 learners attended the first Career Indaba last year. The expo aims to bridge the gap for students between studying and entering the world of work, by bringing together grade 9 -12, college and university students, with educational institutions and the business world to provide information on how subject choice effects career paths, career guidance, skill development, available study options, bursaries and employment opportunities for graduates. Learners visiting the Career Indaba can enrol for free career-focused workshops, strengths and aptitude tests, win prizes and much more.

Event dates:
Wednesday, 19 June 2013: Pre-conference workshops
Thursday, 20 June 2013: Opening keynote session, Learning Expo opens
Friday, 21 June 2013: Conference sessions, Learning Expo open
Saturday, 22 June 2013: Learning Expo open, Post conference workshops

Location: Sandton Convention Centre, South Africa

Communications manager: Annemarie Roodbol
Telephone: +27 21 700 3558
mobile: +27 82 562 7844
Email: annemarie.roodbol@clarionevents.com
Websites: www.educationweek.co.za
Postal address: Po Box 321, Steenberg, 7947, South Africa

African Education Week is part of Clarion Events, the UK's largest independent events company with annual turnover of over £150m, drawing upon over 80 years of experience of hosting strategic conferences conferences and seated events across Britain, Europe, North and South America, Africa, Middle East and Asia. Our events, business-to-business and business-to-consumer, serve 15 different market sectors from leisure and entertainment to finance, from retail to gaming and from fine art to energy.

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