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Vocational & Higher Education

Higher Education: Closing the transformation gap and empowering future generations through inclusive, relevant education

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:

Democratising higher education: Long term strategies to empower students from all socio economic backgrounds and foster a culture of inclusion

A close look at:

  • E-learning
  • #Feesmustfall
  • Access to resources
  • Applicability of global knowledge
  • Affordability


Mothepane Ledicia Makhele,

Deputy-Chair, Higher Education Transformation Network

Danai Nhando, Co-Founder & Head of Strategy, Ampli5yd

12h45 – 13h30:  

Challenges in the teaching and learning space in the Higher Education sector.  Some perspective on Solutions from Wits

Speaker: Professor Andrew Crouch, Executive Assistant:  Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic),

University of the Witwatersrand

14h00 – 14h45: 

Exploring a new era of skills development currently being fuelled by the Sustainable Development Goals and understanding how education is one of the prime movers of both social and economic development

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

15h15 – 16h00:

Using local South African text-to-speech voice synthesis technology to enhance literacy levels, provide better learning materials, and improve accessibility for people with disabilities and speakers of all SA languages.

Case Study: Understanding how Joost Van Der Westhuizen’s unique challenges contributed to developments in the education sector

Speaker: Lisa Ellis, Director Inclusive solutions

Dr Karen Calteaux,

Research Group Leader, Human Language Technology CSIR Meraka Institute

16h15 – 17h00:

A presentation on solutions to improve and enhance social, emotional, and physical health through the use of interactive technology in the vocational sector. How to enable educators to show the probable outcomes of behaviours and choices.

Speaker: Pieter Labuschagne, Director Edit Micro Systems


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:  

Employing foundational and blended learning strategies to meet the student where they are in terms of knowledge, cultural capital and comprehension level

Speaker: Dr Nhlanhla Thwala, Academic Director, Pearson

12h05 – 12h45:

A case study from Angola: Reinforcing national educational curriculums, towards international best practices levels, within the context of national government policies

Speaker: Francisco Zagallo,

Headmaster, Colégio Angolano de Talatona (a Cambridge International School)

13h10 – 13h50:

Case Study: eZone

Design considerations of a flexible space that provides unique interactive and connected learning opportunities

Speaker: Paula Barnard-Ashton, Lecturer (occupational therapist); eLearning Manager, Wits University

14h15 – 14h55:

Using practical projects to ignite learners’ future careers and connect their natural talents with opportunities through education

Speaker: Phuti Ragophala, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, Phuti Training and Motivational Speaking

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