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The seventh annual Global Education & Skills Forum (GESF 2019), a Varkey Foundation initiative, opened at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai, UAE on Saturday, March 23.

Under the theme “Who is changing the world?” GESF 2019 brought together more than 2,200 delegates from 144 countries, who unpacked the pressing challenges in the education sector – as well as in society – through 124 sessions.

Seven former heads of state and 40 ministers of education attended the Forum, joined by a new generation of change-makers, including grassroots activists, philanthropists, tech developers and many more, who are shaping the world with new voices, new ideas and new technologies.

Vikas Pota, Chairman of the Varkey Foundation, addressed the global learning crisis in light of the recent terrorist incidents and natural disasters. With disruption happening in every field, governments need to go down to the grassroots and change the education system and get every child into schools, he noted. “No education system can outperform the quality of its teachers. Improving learning outcomes is the most important thing we will do, and we can only do that by changing teacher status.”

During an interview with IT News Africa at the forum, CEO of Future Nation Schools, Sizwe Nxasana emphasised the importance of skills development in Africa and equipping teachers with the correct tools. “The world is grappling with all sorts of issues in education around quality, relevance and the impact of technology in education. Therefore, it is important to have an understanding of skills development in Africa, especially now as we democratise education. We need to ensure that we focus on quality and relevance of what young people learn.”

“Technology and mobile adoption in Africa is moving at a fast-paced rate compared to those countries who had previously been driving the 3rd Industrial Revolution. What is important is that Africa not only consumes products and services that are going to come out of the 4th Industrial Revolution, but that we are participants of creating solutions. It is important that we are part of the conversation, that we add contributions and value to the conversation and not just be passive players.”

“The solutions have always been there, they have just not been documented. If we are not careful in how we develop African knowledge systems, we will be the subjects of other people, who see opportunities at our doorstep. We need to change this as Africans, policymakers, government and entrepreneurs,” he concluded.

SOURCE- IT News Africa (Neo Sesinye )

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National workshop of waste picker integration

Department of Environmental Affairs creating awareness about waste management in schools and broader society

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The National workshop of waste integration was held at Sierra Burgers park Hotel, Pretoria.

The initiative of this workshop was to create awareness around waste management. The Department of Environmental Affairs also took time to look into how academia can assist in making projects around waste management a success, ” we also looking that academia assists us to encourage organised waste picking “, said Mamogala Museke, Chief Directorate-General waste and Municipal support.

On the 8th of March, the “GOOD GREEN DEEDS” project was launched. The programme aimed at mobilising different sectors in society, the goal is to start with the youth in school, ” we have realised that we get more benefits when we attend more to issues of education and awareness at early stages.

Since the youth in institutions are at the forefront in terms of discoveries and research, the department looks to extend its programmes to these grounds.

The important of creating awareness about waste picking is also a door to create more jobs.

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E-mail : auditions@uj.ac.za

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If you have always wanted to take your shot at presenting, well here is an opportunity for you !

Varsity TV is giving you a chance to join the team and be a presenter for one night at the Liberty Awards which will be hosted at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 13th of April 2019.

Click on the link (COMPETITIONS) for competition entry :

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