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Carleen King Title: Project Consultant for EDI GUINEA PROJECT Company: United Nations Sector/s: Higher Education Carleen King is an International Advisor and Independent Business and Writing Consultant. Ms. King has owned and operated her own consulting business for eighteen years in the areas of strategic business management, independent paralegal services, event planning/management and fundraising.
Paula Barnard-Ashton is an occupational therapist who practiced in the field of paediatric learning difficulties and sensory integration before becoming a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand. She attained a Masters degree in 2009 and was awarded a fellowship in the Sub-Saharan African FAIMER Regional Institute 2011-2012. In 2009, Paula was appointed to the role of manager of the School of Therapeutic Sciences eLearning Project, with the objective of driving the integration of blended learning and educational technologies into the undergraduate curricula. She is currently in the final stages of her PhD, researching the integration of blended learning into the occupational therapy curriculum
At only fifteen year old she won the prestigious model competition Cosmopolitan Model of the Year 1994 – she became the youngest and the second black South African beauty to be featured on the cover of the local Cosmopolitan magazine. This tremendous accomplishment catapulted her into the limelight: she travelled many exotic destinations for her work assignments and she has graced many magazine covers. Modelling lead her host various televisions on across several channels. Claire’s also had radio career both on and off the microphone at stations such as YFM, Metro FM, Radio 2000 and Kaya FM. Toward the end of 2014, Claire left Kaya FM to pursue her business interest and focus on her passion of empowering young women. As a qualified Life Skills coach is continuously pursuing her passion of helping women; she hosts various empowerment workshops through her Code Teen initiative (www.codeteen.com) and the Me Only, Better Workshop aimed at professional women. She and her partner, Karen Burt, facilitate workshops nationally and 2016 year they interacted with over 28 000 young females across different tertiary and corporate environments. In 2015 Claire joined the Carte Blanche team as an investigative journalist. She remains active in the TV, radio and print sectors. Claire has facilitated and hosted events for organisations such as Sasol, Public Investment Corporation, Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Thebe Investments, Kimberly-Clark, Black Management Forum, Multichoice South Africa and the Department of International Relations & Cooperation and others.
Miquette completed her Bachelors degree in Human and Social Sciences with specialization in psychological counselling through UNISA. She has done additional training in therapeutic counselling, trauma counselling and HIV/AIDS Care and Counselling. Miquette is also a registered counsellor and in the process of completing a post-graduate specialization in art therapy accredited by the George Washington University in Nebraska. She is experienced in developing and offering presentations and talks to groups on many social, psychological and educational topics. She also does some freelance writing and journalism. Miquette has extensive experience in remedial teaching and her keen interest in neuroscience and learning stems from these experiences.
Kurt Minnaar is a youthful, dynamic Mathematics Teacher and choreographer. Not being one to succumb to a fairly inoperative education system, Kurt has risen to the challenge of assisting his students with both understanding mathematical concepts, as well as finding a new appreciation for the subject they would otherwise not have felt empowered to excel in. The impact of Kurt's work-to-date is amplified by the recent media interest in his eclectic teaching techniques. From radio to print to television, journalists and corporate leaders alike are lining up to document Kurt's contribution to education and catch a glimpse of him in action. This unprecedented media attention is testimony to the change one can make when one dares to be different. Kurt is a teacher of integrity and sincere passion. He goes beyond the call of duty, and while teachers nationwide are inundated with delivering a content-heavy-and-time-consuming academic curriculum, Kurt finds the time, resources and energy to serve his learners to the best of his abilities and provide guidance to learners who have often become disenfranchised by the schooling system, particularly the teaching of mathematics.
Mark is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise focused on building rich, integrated learning experiences for maths and science using science and technology. Siyavula's primary commercial offering is an adaptive practice service for mathematics, physics and chemistry in high school. Siyavula has developed a catalogue of openly-licensed textbooks in collaboration with educators, sponsors and the Department of Basic Education that has been endorsed and printed for all government schools. Mark has been working in the education sector since 2002 with openness, technology and community as his main tools. He was the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative resources as well as the co-founder of the Free High School Science Texts project. Mark has a PhD in physics from the University of Cape Town and conducted his research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California on the results from the STAR experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York.
He is currently principal of Laudium Secondary School and his been in the teaching profession for 32 years and has taught from grade 2 to grade 12. Specialising in Economics. Maintained a 100% pass rate in each year he has taught matric. Daya Chetty was previously deputy principal of Laudium Secondary School from 2000 to 2006 and was thereafter promoted to principal of Jacaranda Primary School. He was in this post until 31 July 2010. As principal he developed Jacaranda Primary School into one of the leading primary schools in the district. In October 2008 he was requested by the district director to temporarily act as principal of Laudium Secondary School when the school had no leadership. During his tenure, he restored the school to a disciplined institution and took the pass rate from 45% in the preparatory exams to 98% in matric that year. He ensured that the culture of teaching and learning was at its highest. He has many other achievements and posts including having been selected by the MEC and district director in 2003 as Acting principal of Rosina Sedibane Sports School. AWARDS AND POSITIONS Awarded 2nd Position in the National Teacher’s Awards for Excellence in Secondary School leadership in 2012. He was chairperson of the SADTU (Laudium branch for 15 years) and served on various portfolios of the region and province. 1990 - 2015 He is currently president of the South African Principal’s Association (SAPA) in Gauteng. 2014- CURRENT Completed the Two Oceans marathon 56km in Cape Town 10 times awarded a permanent Blue number Completed the Comrades marathon 89km from Durban – Pietermaritzburg 11 times and awarded a permanent Green number Awarded a Fulbright Scholarship by the United States Government to study at the University of Pennsylvania in 2007. Part-Time lecturer - Law in Education at University of Pretoria (Bed) Hons group – 2003 - CURRENT Dissertation topic: A teacher’s perspective on the selection of a Secondary School for their child.” Graduate of the Leadership and management programme for principals – WITS University Addressed the Principal’s Association of Philadelphia in the United States in October 2011. 1st South African Principal to have a publication in the International Confederation of principal’s Journal in August 2011 titled “Is Cyberbullying Prevalent in our schools.” Seconded in 2014 to the Department of Basic Education (DBE) as SAPA secondee to the Education Management and governance directorate (EMGD). Policies developed: 1. Policy on the Standards for Principalship. 2. Positive and precautionary discipline at schools. 3. Induction and mentorship program for principals. Involved in assisting schools throughout the country through workshops on various topics regarding Management, Leadership and Discipline.
Willem van der Velden
Willem van der Velden grew up in the Netherlands, where he became passionate about education, the Waldorf way, after his own disappointing experiences as a mainstream scholar. He studied to be a primary teacher and worked as a class and subject teacher in all primary grades. He then volunteered as a teacher trainer in the Gambia (West-Africa), after which he was asked to join the Centre for Creative Education (CCE) in Cape Town, where he has now been for 21 years. He graduated at Oxford Brookes University with a Masters in Education. Seeing the main challenge of primary teaching as reading and understanding the children’s needs, Willem focuses his work as a teacher trainer on the process of motivating pupils to learn. Teachers who can inspire their pupils, through enjoyable and meaningful activities, will find the children co-operative and keen to learn. With this approach he has worked with students on primary didactics, maths and music. He also became the Project Manager of Zenzeleni, CCE’s demonstration school in Khayelitsha, where he mentored teachers for several years. He then returned full-time to CCE, accepting the role of Academic Head, but the practical work with future teachers still is his greatest source of inspiration.
Lindsay is a passionate education visionary with vast experience assisting others in adapting to, and thriving in, technology-rich classroom environments. She begun her career as a creative, engaging, and innovative English, Afrikaans, Geography, and Life Orientation teacher and later progressed to school management and teacher training in her capacity as EdTech Innovation Leader at Parklands College. Lindsay claimed the South African ‘iTeacher’ Award at the Apple in Education Awards in both 2015 and 2016 as well as the 2016 EduWeek ‘Teacher of Tomorrow’ Award for her outstanding contribution to the South Africa education sector. Lindsay is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015, an Apple Professional Learning Specialist and a Google Certified Trainer. Lindsay is currently the Senior Innovation Coach at CloudEd Solutions working with teachers and school leaders around the country engaging in teacher training and change management associated with technology integration. She is also currently reading her Masters in Education at Stellenbosch University, with a focus on teacher professional development. Lindsay continues to pride herself in being at the forefront of the implementation of educational technologies in South African classrooms and beyond, living to inspire and empower teachers to confidently navigate the changing educational landscape.
Marlena Kruger obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Johannesburg in 1999. She worked for more than 25 years at public higher education institutions, i.e. as a lecturer, Instructional Designer and Director of Technology-assisted Learning at University of Johannesburg. In August 2012 she was appointed as Dean of Faculties at CTI Education Group, a private higher education institution that is now fully owned by Pearson. During these years she was actively involved in the roll-out and distribution of computer tablets, training and development of lecturers and students and the development of best practices for blended learning – distributed over 12 campuses in South Africa. She is co-author of two books and a chapter on Mobile Learning in the book: Leading issues in e-Learning (2015). She is currently busy authoring a new book on how to master techno-life balance and being techno-life wise. She read numerous papers, focusing on different aspects of successful implementation of hybrid learning initiatives, at more than 60 national and international conferences. She also has widely published in national and international accredited journals on related research topics. Marlena resigned from CTI Education Group in 2015 to start her own business, MindUnique Education (Pty) Ltd. She is passionate about the holistic development and wellness of people, while integrating neuro-scientific, education and -leadership principles. Her focus is to empower people to effectively and wisely manage technology and social media towards mastering the art of techno-life balance and mind-body wellness in our digital-immersed world @home, @school/varsity and @work. She also recently registered a non-profit company, namely Technolife Wise Foundation. She is married with André, have three sons of whom two are married and three grandchildren. She loves playing tennis, hiking, camping, birding, music and spending time with family and friends.
Associate Professor Dick Ng’ambi
Convener: PhD Programme Stream Head: Educational Technology Programmes Interests: Mobile learning, emerging technologies, emerging digital practices, ICT integration into practice, social learning, online learning, transformative pedagogies, knowledge production, and Open Education Resources (OER). Principal Investigator: SETA funded project training 450 in-service teachers in ICT Integration into pedagogy for the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) using ETILAB's sandpit 'play' approaches. Founder & Director – Educational Technology Inquiry Lab (ETILAB) Host/Chair: Educational Technology Think-Tanks Chair: UCT Press Editorial Board Webmaster: School of Education Website Africa Corresponding Editor (2013-2016) – British Journal of Educational Technology Conference Chair: Emerging Technologies and Authentic Learning in Higher Vocation Context Conference - Cape Town (31 Aug to 3 September 2015) Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dick_Ngambi TEDx Talk: Imaging human interaction & technology
Stephen brought 14 years worth of experience as a high school teacher with him when he joined the Snapplify Education & Sales Team. As our resident EdTech Teacher, he helps teachers to embrace digital transformation in the classroom. Stephen is passionate about helping learners achieve their fullest potential was nurtured at Edgemead High School, where he taught English and Life Orientation, and LEAP, an intervention school for Maths and Science. At the latter, he worked with learners from underprivileged backgrounds to enable them to succeed in their applications to tertiary education institutions. That same passion led him to teach in Japan for 4 years. He loves teaching, learning and education; as well as building his understanding of teachers and their needs in the classroom.
Leigh Morris is a passionate English and history educator, Google Certified Trainer, and winner of the iTeacher South Africa 2016. She is an innovative disruptor who is working on changing the South African curriculum 1 project at a time.
Debbie Schäfer, the Minister of Education, is a woman of few words, to the point and very efficient. She was born in Pietermaritzburg and says her family moved to Johannesburg when she was only three months old. “We then moved to Bergvliet in Cape Town when I was in standard 7.” She then attended Bergvliet High School, where she matriculated. Schäfer says she grew up in a very normal household. “My mom was a housewife and my dad worked for an old fashioned building society.” As a teenager Schäfer was not interested in politics, as she was not raised in a political household. “I always wanted to be a teacher, but in grade 10 I decided to study law.” It was only when she was at university that she became interested in politics. “I studied law at UCT at the height of the political unrest and then practised law for 12 years. In 1999 I started to think about politics, as I was irritated with things in South Africa. I was wondering what I can do about it, but I never planned on a career in politics.” Political career Although Schäfer did not plan on a career in the public sector, she found herself increasingly drawn towards it, as she wanted to make a difference. “I wanted to help out and get involved in structures. Before I knew it, I got sucked into politics and in 2002 I was elected ward councillor for Constantia/Wynberg. It was an extremely busy time, as my twin daughters were only three years old and I still had my own law practice.” In 2006 Schäfer was elected the ward councillor for Bergvliet, where she lives, and in 2009 she stood for Parliament and got elected as a MP for the Democratic Alliance. “I kind of got enticed to continue my political career,” she explains. In Parliament she served as Deputy Shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, and was a member of the Justice and Constitutional Development Portfolio Committee. She was also elected by Parliament to serve on the Magistrates' Commission. At this stage her work took almost all her time and Schäfer says she saw very little of her two daughters. Thankfully the situation improved now that she is a MEC. “I now see more of them and can take them to school in the mornings. Even though she has work to do in the evenings, she can at least do it at home and be with her family. Passion for education It is obvious when Schäfer talks about her portfolio, that she is very passionate about it, especially because she is a mother. “I’m very passionate about education because I have children. I want to improve our education system.” She believes that some of the problems we face in our schools, are because parents are not involved enough in their children’s education. “I’m horrified at the lack of interest some parents show. I believe that every child needs an involved parent to thrive.” There are three principles that she feels are non-negotiable when it comes to parents and their children: “Number one, you must teach and raise your children with sound values, which for me are Christian; number two is that you must be their parent, not their buddy; and number three is that you must ensure you are there when they need you – as a parent you must give direction and encouragement where needed.” People in her position as Minister of Education are often criticized, as her predecessors can confirm. Schäfer says the easiest way to deal with critique and do her job as best as she can, is to stick to her department’s priorities. “We have to decide on our major priorities and on what is in the best interest of the children. We must then stick to our decisions and be able to justify them,” she explains. Her motto clearly shows her dedication to her portfolio: “I try to do everything to the best of my ability in an open and honest way.” Schäfer feels that a leader plays a very important part in their department’s success. “You must manage and lead. It is your responsibility as leader to give your team direction. You must always try to lead by example and work hard.” Her vision for education in the Western Cape is simple: “To be the leader in excellent quality education for all.” Free time Schäfer is reluctant to speak of her private life, but says for family time she likes to relax with her 15 year old daughters. “We like to go out to eat and I like to go shopping with my daughters.” When she talks about her daughters, it is obvious she is very proud of them. “They are both very athletic. The one plays A-team water polo and B-team netball, the other plays A-team netball and does road-running.” Some of her favourite things to do are to go out for coffee, although she always has to take her cell phone with and sometimes even her laptop. “I also like to cook, but I do not like the cleaning afterwards. I love watching the television series House of Cards – yes, a political series! – and I enjoy reading. I do not have a favourite author, as it changes, but I enjoy books by Michael Connelly and thrillers by the Norwegian writer John Nesbo.” Even though Schäfer is extremely busy, she makes time to go away with her family. “Christmas time we are usually at our house. To break away we like to go to Stilbaai caravanning with friends,” she says. Part of their close-knit family is their African Grey parrot Gus and their Yorkshire terrier Fergie, and most recently their new Bernese puppy, Maya. With Schäfer’s dedication, work ethic and passion for good quality education, our children are in good hands.
Having worked as a high school mathematics teacher during his gap year in the UK, Paul returned to Cape Town in 2004 to undertake his tertiary studies at UCT. It was during this time that he decided to become a full-time teacher and devote himself to helping improve education in South Africa. Paul began his high school teaching career in 2009 at his alma mater, Westerford High School. After 5 years of teaching at Westerford, Paul decided to make a move to the Centre Of Science And Technology (COSAT) where he taught for a single year (2014). During this time, Paul was approached by an old acquaintance, Chris Mills, with an idea that developed into the Paper Video resources. Paul decided to join Chris in a full-time capacity from the beginning of 2015 with a view using Paper Video to achieve their shared vision of making it possible for every learner in South Africa to gain instant and easy access to excellent teachers.
Lala is responsible for the establishment of the Schools Investment Fund which is the largest impact investment in schools in South Africa, having invested R1.4bn into the affordable independent school sector since 2012. The finance is used mainly to build and renovate schools, provide the required furnishing and fittings including technology, and for ongoing operations. In time 40 00 learners will be educated in 51 schools across South Africa employing over 2 300 staff. Lala has worked in the non-profit sector, the Mandela government and the private sector – she is driven by the desire to realise sustainable development for a democratic equitable society.
Lindiwe E. Mhlungu is a teacher by profession since 1998. She is currently the Principal at Sibonile School for the Blind, an LSEN school for learners with visual impairment and multi-disabilities. Previously, Lindiwe worked as a teacher in 2 mainstream primary schools and continued to further her studies at the University of Johannesburg completing a further Diploma in Education specialising in Computer Sciences. Lindiwe also completed her BEd Honours in Education Leadership and Management from University of Johannesburg. In 2011 January Lindiwe was appointed as Head of Department at Sibonile school and later in a year, as Principal. She is a member of a SAPA and other organisations that advocate rights of persons with visual impairment in Gauteng. Lindiwe has presented in the international ICEVI Conference on ECD for visual Impairment and Deaf-blindness early in 2017. She has successfully implemented the use of assistive technology in the school. Moving from the old way of teaching and learning for the visually impaired in the previously disadvantage communities to access of assistive technology device at an early stage or at primary school level.
Marisa van der Merwe
Marisa is an Education-innovator, Social Entrepreneur and Ashoka Fellow (one of 3000 in 81 countries), and has focussed her life-passion on community-empowerment: utilising play to harness the most powerful energy in the world – HUMAN TALENT. She developed the award-winning “MiniChess”-program, which uses creative, dynamic and complex play & story-telling to develop critical skills for the 21st Century: higher-order thinking skills, socio-emotional skills and STEAM-skills. It is taught at 250+ Schools in South Africa, to 65 000+ learners over the past 5 years, 8 Africa countries, Central Asia and the USA. Marisa was the Shoprite Checkers Women of the Year 2012 Award-winner (Category: Education). Presented at many international events: Women in the World Summit 2013 in NY, The London Chess & Mathematics Conference (2013, 2014 & 2015), at WISE (World Innovation Summit on Education) in Qatar as well as The Association for Childhood Education Conference 2014 - Vancouver, Canada and the Global Visual Literacy Conference 2015 in Portugal (included in an e-book by Oxford University) and International ECD-Conference in Bishkek, Central Asia. Guest at the Deutsche Welle Media Forum in Bonn, 2016 and Speaker at EduWeek 2016 & 2017. She is a Top 3 award-winner at the SA Council for Business Women’ s Business Woman of the Year 2017 She is married to Willem. They have 3 grown-up children & one cute little grandson.
Professor Rehabeam K. Auala
Professor Rehabeam Kategela Auala is a Professor of Educational Management and Leadership in the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia in Namibia. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Namibia and he has served in this position for many years. He is the Founding President of the Namibia Educational Management and Administration Society (NEMAS). He spearheaded the affiliation of NEMAS to the Commonwealth Council for Educational Administration and Management (CCEAM). He has received various Awards: CCEAM Award in Hobart, Tasmania in 2000 for excellent contribution in educational management and administration at local, regional and international levels. In 2016 he received NEMAS Award for developing quality leaders in education. Prof Auala is External Examiner of many Universities in the region and beyond. He is committed to high level of discipline and hard work.
I am currently in my second year as Principal at Rhenish Primary. Previously I spent 16 years at Western Province Prep School. The majority of that time was as a deputy head and 1 year as an acting head. I am passionate about child centred education and the challenges facing the modern child, teacher and parent. I believe in an holistic education that encompasses all that schools offer, both in and out of the classroom.
Eddie Bateman obtained his BSc at the University of Pretoria, Post Graduate Higher Education Diploma at UNISA, BEd (Hons) at the Northwest University and an MBA at the Potchefstroom Business School, Northwest University. He was awarded the prize for the best dissertation (Selection of a government secondary school: Perceptions of learners, parents, and teachers) at the Business School. He has been serving the teaching profession for 37 years. He taught Physical Science and maintained a 100% pass rate with each of his matric groups. Twelve of these groups were at technical high schools where the subject was compulsory. Eddie has 21 years’ experience as school principal. He is currently the principal of Hoërskool Gimnasium Paarl, the third school where he has served as school principal. All these schools have excelled academically and financially under his leadership.
Mirna Lawrence is a highly experienced educator, curriculum and material developer specialising in literacy and language development. She has developed ECD/Foundation Phase materials for reputable South African and international publishers, in all Learning Areas with a particular interest in language and literacy learning. Her mission is to bring literacy to South Africa's most socio/economically depressed and vulnerable children. Mirna was involved in the research and development of the innovative Vula Bula reading series which is gaining recognition as the only authentic indigenous graded/levelled reader series. Mirna's greatest wish is to see every South African child own a book, and delight in the magic of the written word and story.
A career veteran teacher, EdTech specialist and Information Systems researcher, with an interest in Cloud Computing, Open Source Software, and Behaviour Information Technology, in particular adolescent online behaviour (Cyberbullying). Alister completed an undergraduate degree in education and spent 18 years teaching, 13 of which as an IT administrator, and the last 9 in management as a deputy headmaster. His passion for education is equally matched by a love for IT, and impact it can have on teaching and learning. In addition to completing a Master’s Degree in Information Systems at UCT in 2014, Alister is a Google Apps certified Trainer, Administrator and Deployment specialist. Alister has declared his independence, and has founded an EdTech Consultancy and Cloud Migration company. Cloud Education Solutions, as a Google Apps for Education partner, focuses on assisting educational institutions create highly collaborative and innovative environments, which encourage transformative teaching practises.
Paul Williams brings 28 years of ICT experience to the African market. Paul studied as an Electrical Engineer and comes to this emerging market with a wealth of experience in Networking Design, Implementation, Architecture and Strategy with a breadth of other skills and now focusing on Network and Cyber Secuirty industry. Paul Williams has been employed by for some recognized large international companies like Altech, IBM SA, BCX, Dimension Data, Cisco SA, Openet and Allot Communications. Paul is currently employed as the Country Manager for Fortinet – Southern Africa who is the No 1 Security company in Africa in a Sales and support role for all our Partners and MSSP’s, selling Network Security Solutions like Fortinet Secuirty Fabric, Next Generation Firewall for UTM and Enterprise customers, Secure WiFi, Sandboxing, 2 Factor Authentican, Web Application Firewalls, Caching, Load balancing and other security and voice solutions in our African market place today.
Khaliq engages with organisations to facilitate the Digital Transformation Journey. He has assisted government, education and private organisations on a modernising and transforming their business through the use of modern technologies, with a focus on the business outcome and not the technology. Within the education sector he has engaged with Education departments to define the ICT strategy and service requirements for the school environment and he has been involved in deploying cloud services and devices to schools.
After completing a degree in Stellenbosch, Peter moved on to do a post graduate diploma in marketing and communications at the Red & Yellow school. He has extensive marketing and sales experience, helping to launch South Africa's first Wildlife Film Festival, and as the Marketing and Sales Manager of Global Creative Studios, where he worked on two of South Africa's biggest cinematic releases - Hansie and Faith like Potatoes. In 2009 he co-founded d6 Technology which offers communication tools to over 1800 schools. Peter was the sales manager and has experience selling to schools and seeing schools procure from the other side. More recently Peter founded SchoolAdvisor, an online platform that helps schools make better purchasing decisions by bringing schools and suppliers together. Schools can use the platform to find a new supplier, research a product, get quotes, keep suppliers accountable and choose a supplier according to which schools they service and what these schools say about them.
Kevin Sherman taught secondary English and History from 1985 to 2001, and is a certified (U.S.A) school library media specialist. He has served as a Head of Department and Curriculum Advisor for Social Studies. From late 2009, Kevin served as the ICT-Integration Education Specialist at the University of Cape Town's Schools Development Unit (SDU). While there he developed a series of ICT-integration short courses for the School of Education and taught in the PGCE programme. While at UCT he researched the use of and barriers to technology adoption by South African teachers. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Education Trainer, and since 2015 has been Director of Professional Development for Cloud Education Solutions.
Richard Mee is a past graduate of Cornerstone institute. He went on to study across disciplines, completing a BPsych equivalent (Pastoral Counselling) with UNISA and and MTh (Practical theology) with Stellenbosch University. Richard has worked within the church context and in private practice as a Registered Counsellor, lecturer within the fields of Counselling and Christian Ministry at Cornerstone, and currently serves as the Head of Ethics, Philosophy and Religious Studies. Richard’s research interests are in the processes through which people learn to hope and act together, the Pedagogy of Hope.
Founder of Pukka Theatre. Our mission is to build resilience and ignite learning through immersive learning experiences and aesthetic education workshops. I am an experienced theatre-maker and production manager with a history of working on distinguished and award-winning productions in both the United States and South Africa. I believe in the power of stories and knowledge. My interest in how we construct meaning and understand our world along with my experiences in SA and USA that have lead me to pondering more about how we learn and what children need to to flourish. I have worked with various educational organisations in various settings from high resource rich settings in silicon valley to resource scarce environments in South African schools. I too am constantly learning and had the privilege of training with some of the best in my field at the Lincoln Center Education in New York. I liked to be challenged and I like to challenge kids, because that’s when we learn best! Designing these kinds of experiences and thinking about how we think is what makes me get out of bed in the mornings!
Founder of Edit Microsystems (Pty) Ltd is ,an award-winning company that has supplied education solutions to schools and corporate solutions to businesses throughout Southern Africa for more than 26 years
Thulani Dube is a business studies lecturer at Cornerstone Institute, a private non-profit higher education institution in Cape Town. He is the coordinator of the Business Studies certificate at Cornerstone institute. Thulani is also studying towards an MBA. His other roles Include serving as the branch treasurer of the Black Management Forum (Cape Town Branch) in the western cape as well as being the chairperson of the critical dialogue committee at Cornerstone Institute.
Rudi Buys serves as Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at Cornerstone Institute, a private non-profit higher education institution in Cape Town. His prior roles include, among others, serving as Dean of Student Affairs at Free State University, as Western Cape Youth Commissioner tasked with education and as spokesman of the Western Cape Ministry of Education. Rudi recently completed his doctoral studies, focusing on change in higher education, and developing a theory of ‘bridge-building’ as framework for change leadership, drawing the work of Paulo Freire and Homi Bhabha, among others.
As gebore Paarliet het hy sy laerskooljare by die Hugenote Gedenkskool in Dal Josaphat en Laerskool Gimnasium deurgebring. Nadat sy ouers hulle op Wellington gevestig het, het hy aan die Hoërskool Hugenote gematrikuleer. Hy verwerf sy MA-graad (Die Drama in Afrikatale), asook ’n Hoër Onderwysdiploma aan die Universiteit van Stellenbosch. Hy het ook deeltyds Bedryfsielkunde en Rekeningkunde deur Unisa studeer en hy verwerf Rekenaarpraktyk N5 asook die Internasionale Rekenaarbestuurlisensie (ICDL). Mnr. Swart is tans ‘n ingeskrewe student vir die Ph. D-graad in onderwysreg by die Noordwes – Universiteit (NWU) Mnr. Swart het sy onderwysloopbaan by die Hoërskool DF Malan begin waar hy Xhosa, Geskiedenis en Engels gedoseer het. Vanaf 1997 was hy adjunkhoof en koshuisvader by Worcester Gimnasium. Tydens hierdie periode word Worcester Gimnasium, as ‘n relatiewe klein skool, onder mnr. Swart se leiding twee keer aangewys as die Boland se sportskool van die jaar. In 2002 aanvaar hy die hoofskap by die Hoërskool Monument Park. Hier het mnr. Swart hom daarop toegespits om algemene bestuurstrukture in te stel en bestaande strukture op te knap. Gedurende dié tyd was hy ook nasionale eksaminator vir Xhosa en Engels. Mnr. Swart is verder ’n ervare rugbyafrigter, sowel op skool- as op klubvlak. Onder sy leiding het verskeie spelers hul provinsiale en SA-skolekleure verwerf. Hierbenewens is hy onder andere die outeur van ’n musiekblyspel en ’n bekroonde skooldrama. Mnr. Swart is getroud met Sura, ’n skoolmaatskaplike werker by die WKOD. Twee seuns, Stephan-Wessel en Nelius, word uit die huwelik gebore, beide passievolle sportbeoefenaars en musiekmakers, soos hul vader. In teenstelling met die meeste ander skoolhoofde, rig mnr. Swart steeds sport af, en neem as ervare kitaarspeler en skrywer gereeld deel aan kutuuraktiwiteite. Hy gee ook nog steeds klas in Engels en Musiek, en bied deeltyds ook Xhosa – lesse aan.