In celebrating the Youth Month, we are reminded that the uprising that began in Soweto more than 40 years ago was all about education, and how it profoundly changed the socio-political landscape of the country.
When young Americans grow up, rarely do you hear them being excited about going to study in Europe when they leave school. Why would they be? They have world-class universities and immense opportunities at home. It is not uncommon, however, to speak to young South Africans who are keen to leave this country either for extended periods or indefinitely.
Implementing the right training and development programme can bring far-reaching benefits to a company. Upskilling employees is an investment that can yield significant returns for a company.
Despite education taking up the lion’s share of national budgetary spending in South Africa, it is disheartening to still see stories about broken pit toilets, leaking roofs and unqualified teachers. Some stories lament how schools which were built in 1994 still have three pit toilets and only one tap, with parents and teachers making improvements using their own funds.
An interview with Jennifer Barkhuizen, Head of Communications & Supplier Relations, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE), and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing an article written by Michelle Baron-Williamson, CEO, Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) on the 'name and shame' register launched by SAQA which lists the known fraudulent qualifications and the consequences that may result by people who claim qualifications that are fraudulent.
For South African companies who have the available resources, there is a great initiative from the government which will allow companies to help employees and their families gain an education.Education should never be limited to just the rich and powerful. We need to empower a whole generation by giving them the education they need to better their lives.
In its quest to empower and grow the number of Black people in the chartered accountancy profession and empower them meaningfully to participate and sustain the growth of the economy, the Department of Trade and Industry, has gazetted the revised Chartered Accountancy Profession Sector Code (CA Charter) for public comment.
The government has made provision for both basic education, and further education, in the South African Constitution. Section 29 (1) states, “Everyone has the right to- a) basic education, including adult basic education; and b) further education, which the state, through reasonable measures, must make progressively available and accessible.”
A digital initiative focused on increasing the digital intelligence quotient (DQ) of children aged 8-12, #DQEveryChild, has increased digital citizenship in children worldwide by 10% on average, reducing cyber-risk exposure by 15%.
Public schools in South Africa can look forward to joining the digital education revolution as some of their private school counterparts have been experiencing for the past few years, but education experts have cautioned against a rush to provide tablets and other digital infrastructure before a solid strategy and fundamentals have been put in place.