Advancing Educational Knowledge in Africa

Basic Education

Basic Education: Identifying strategies to empower leaders, teachers and learners   

DAY 1: 12 July

10h25 – 11h15:

Keynote Panel Address

Education Revolution: Using education as a platform to create global citizens who have the necessary skills to promote economic growth and sustainability within Africa

Moderator: Claire Mawisa, Investigative Journalist, Carte Blanche

Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director: Learning Services, Pearson

Dr Steven McKee, President & Founder,  Labtech International, Ltd

Mr Douglas Hoernle, Director, Karri School Payments

11h30 – 12h15:

Rethinking Competition at Schools to facilitate inclusion and optimise learning

Speaker: Shakira Akabor, PHD Candidate, UNISA

12h45 – 13h30:

Demonstrating respect for language: Exploring the importance of reading and writing in the mother tongue to improve functional literacy

Speaker: Brian Wafawarowa, Executive Director: Learning Services, Pearson

14h00 – 14h45:

Parents: the missing link in education.

Understanding the role of parents to support in-school learning activities and the overall development of the learner.

Speaker: Lennox Tapera, Training Facilitator, Brainboosters

15h15 – 16h00:

STEAM Focus Feature: Developing creativity, curiosity and human engagement

Speaker: Nirmala Sankaran, Founder, Hey Math

16h15 – 17h00:

Case Study:

Programming with Yarn and Needles: Empowering Girls One Stitch at a Time

Speaker: Lindiwe Matlali,
Founder: Africa Teen Geeks


NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING: Visitor Lunch Area, EduWeek Exhibition

Guest Speaker: Rusty Labuschagne (Successful businessman, ranger and former test-rugby player in Zimbabwe)


DAY 2: 13 July

10h00 – 10h45:

Keynote Address

Adaptive learning: Using data to inform learning and encourage educational democracy and formative assessment methods

Jaye Richards-Hill, Business Development Manager – Microsoft World-Wide Education Team, Microsoft Corporation

11h00 – 11h40: 

SCRUM: Strategies and frameworks for successful project based learning.

Exploring how to:

  • Build process frameworks
  • Structure teamwork
  • Ensure planning & flexibility

Speaker: Jeanette Viljoen, Professional Development Manager, Think Ahead

12h05 – 12h45:

Providing you with learning and teaching support material to effectively teach across all learning subjects in CAPS (Curriculum Assessment Policy Statements)

Speakers: Heleen Johnson, Occupational Therapy Consultant, Educanda

13h10 – 13h50: 

Developing global competencies and critical thinking in children through design and engineering.

Speaker: Dylan Busa, Programme Manager, Design Squad Global for FHI360

 14h15 – 14h55:

Successful and holistic health interventions to correct behavioural and developmental challenges

  • Understanding the learning barriers and how to overcome them through good nutrition
  • Addressing special needs through corrective nourishment

Speaker: René Testa, Director, Barnswallows

15h10 – 15h45:

Closing Keynote & Final Remarks

Siphesihle Bukhosini, CEO & Co-Founder, Isibusiso Esihle Science Discovery Centre

Exposing youth to possibilities beyond their day-to-day lives


Event closes