Conference Track 1: Leadership & Management

Day 1: Wednesday, 4 October 2017


08h30: Registrations Open

09h00: Exhibition & Networking opens

10h00 -10h10: Welcome Address

10h10 – 10h25: Official Opening – MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

10h25 – 11h15:

Keynote Address

Digital Disruption: Remodelling education to ensure an agile and relevant curriculum

  • Defining the country’s technology roll out strategy, the plans, objectives, available resources and key stakeholders.
  • Balancing South Africa’s technological needs to ensure progress and sustainability, with available infrastructure and investment.
  • Mapping future trends and how to prevent the negative consequences of ‘leap frogging’.
  • Understanding whether the legislative framework is capable of supporting industry growth and whether the foundations are in place to ensure inclusive roll out.

Chairperson: Carleen M. King, MBA, Assoc. DBIA, CEO|President|Founder, GK Inc., Senior Member of EduWeek Advisory Board

MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Education Department

Assoc Prof Dick Ng’ambi, Stream Head: Educational Technology Programmes, University of Cape Town

Mark Horner, CEO, Siyavula

Khaliq Dollie, Digital Advisor, Microsoft


11h30 – 12h00:

Insights from Finland: Education, innovation and transformation:

Promoting the uptake of international best practice, innovation and effective management

Speaker: Dr Marlena Kruger, Founder & CEO, MindUnique Education Pty (Ltd)



13h30 – 14h00:

15 Ways to drive successful adoption of ed-tech in school: Managing the transformation from non-tech to tech orientated classrooms


Kevin Sherman, Professional Development Director, Clouded Education Solutions

Alister Payne, Director at Cloud Education Solutions


15h00 – 15h30:

NEEDU: Failure is not an option

Elaborating on The National Education Evaluation and Development Unit

  • Findings of the first evaluation cycle
  • Plan for the next 5 years
  • Factors that inhibit school advancement

Speaker: Daya Chetty, President, SAPA Gauteng


16h30 – 17h00:

Roundtable Think Tanks: Delegates will separate into three roundtable areas to discuss the below-mentioned topics.

This highly interactive session will be led by expert facilitators who are considered thought leaders in their field. Comprehensive notes will be taken by the facilitator and distributed to all participants post event. These notes will contain the ideas, solutions and best practices discussed by the group.

Roundtable One

Sustainable financing of e-learning in independent schools:

  • Elaborating on typical costs associated with the provision of e-learning:
  • Infrastructure
  • Systems
  • eBooks
  • Teacher training & support
  • How are these costs being borne by schools?
  • Why is eLearning still more expensive than traditional methods of teaching & how can we reduce costs?
    Facilitator: Lala Steyn, Head of the Schools Investment Fund, Old Mutual Alternative Investments


NETWORKING COCKTAIL EVENING: Visitor Lunch Area, EduWeek Exhibition


EDUWEEK AWARDS GALA DINNER (Ticket holders only: Contact for more information)


Day 2: Thursday, 5 October 2017


08h00:  Registrations Open

09h30: Exhibition & Networking Opens

10h00 – 10h45:

Changing mind sets: Facilitating a culture of adoption, across all generations and experience levels

Kurt Minnar, Founder, Dream Education


11h00 – 11h30:

A democratic approach to managing change in education:

  • Why the democratic and participative leadership approach is so important
  • Who should be involved in the change process at your school
  • What are the causes of resistance to change and how do you eliminate them

Speaker: Prof Rehabeam K. Auala, Professor of Educational Management and Administration, University of Namibia


12h30 – 13h00:

Panel Discussion: Addressing the systemic challenges faced by school leaders and managers:

  • Raising learner outcomes
  • Managing stakeholder relationships:
  • Unions
  • Governing Bodies
  • Focusing on administration rather than teaching
  • Skills development for leaders


Speakers: Derek Swart, Principal, Paarl Boys High School

Gary Skeeles, Principal, Skeeles,  Rhenish Primary

Eddie Bateman, Principal, Hoërskool Gimnasium Paarl


14h30 – 15h00:

Using Edtech to AUGMENT, NOT REINVENT: A discussion about the true power of edtech in schools and what questions must be asked before implementation

Speaker: Paul Maree, Mathematics Teacher & Co-Founder, Paper Video


16h00 – 16h30:


Closing Keynote & Final Remarks

Once Upon Our Time: Shaping South Africa’s Future Education Landscape

Lindsay Wesner

Senior Innovation Coach, Cloud Education Solutions