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#WomensMonth: Bitten by the enterprising Bugz
#WomensMonth: Bitten by the enterprising Bugz

This Women's Month, the entrepreneurial genius behind Bugz Playpark, Lise Liebenberg, talks to us about early childhood development beyond the classroom, and running your own business

By Shan Radcliffe 15 Aug 2017

#WomensMonth: Illiteracy rates among women are falling: why isn't this good news?
#WomensMonth: Illiteracy rates among women are falling: why isn't this good news?

Functional illiteracy rates in South Africans over the age of 20 are on the decline. But, this doesn't necessarily point to either a satisfactory education system or an equitable employment environment

By Jackie Carroll 10 Aug 2017

Richard Perez, founding director of d-school.
Practice creativity with confidence

Open Design's Steam Symposium speaker, Richard Perez unpacks the “design thinking” concept and shares his vision for the future of Steam education

By Juanita Pienaar 7 Aug 2017

#CSIMonth: Providing skills and employment from the Ground Up
#CSIMonth: Providing skills and employment from the Ground Up

Skills development and job creation not-for-profit Learn to Earn South Africa has been offering “a hand up, not a hand out” to the unemployed in underprivileged communities for almost 30 years

By Shan Radcliffe 27 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Stop in for a little Khof & Khuk
#CSIMonth: Stop in for a little Khof & Khuk

Thato Mafokoane doesn't just want to run his own bakery. No, Khof & Khuk in Nellmapius, Pretoria, is much more than that

By Shan Radcliffe 26 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry
#CSIMonth: Imbalie Beauty Academy opens doors into the industry

South African beauty franchise group Imbalie Beauty has become a key player in South Africa's robust franchising industry

By Lauren Hartzenberg 24 Jul 2017

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#Newsmaker: Reimagining an education brand in Red & Yellow

Heléne Lindsay recently joined the “disparate, quirky bunch” at Red & Yellow, where she's taking on the customer side of things. Her appointment coincides with the school's brand repositioning, which will be unveiled at the end of August

By Jessica Tennant 19 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts
#CSIMonth: Corobrik supports skills development, social upliftment in its CSI efforts

A core focus in the Corobrik CSI strategy is upskilling members of the communities in which it operates

By Sindy Peters 17 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: How WNS SA fosters community spirit in its CSI initiatives to create a magical change
#CSIMonth: How WNS SA fosters community spirit in its CSI initiatives to create a magical change

WNS SA has four key initiatives that form part of its CSI strategy, one of which is its Youth4Change Movement which aims to assist young South Africans bring about positive change within their schools and communities

By Sindy Peters 13 Jul 2017

#CSIMonth: Building the future through early childhood development
#CSIMonth: Building the future through early childhood development

Founded by Phillip Shapiro in 2006, Build the Future is a non-profit organisation that facilitates early childhood development through learning and nutrition programmes in informal settlements in Johannesburg and KwaZulu-Natal

By Sindy Peters 12 Jul 2017

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Inspiring and nurturing tomorrow's talent

“Great companies don't hire skilled people and motivate them, they hire already motivated people and inspire them.” This quote is taken from Simon Sinek's book Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, and describes, in essence, the Native VML way of recruitment for our various learning programmes

By Samantha Bezuidenhout 3 Jul 2017

#YouthMonth: Economy to be powered by human creativity expressed in code
#YouthMonth: Economy to be powered by human creativity expressed in code

codeX Coding Academy is an initiative that aims to boost the number of software developers entering our economy each year. Cara Turner, chief operating officer of codeX Coding Academy tells us more

By Ilse van den Berg 30 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Instilling life skills, R2 at a time
#YouthMonth: Instilling life skills, R2 at a time

Academics and learning hard skills makes up only one part of the education process. These days, many jobs require soft skills not readily taught in the classroom. Randy Mampuru tells us about Kidz Hub, and how they are teaching kids commitment, consistency and sacrifice

By Shan Radcliffe 30 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Some are old, some are new, some are business, some are youth
#YouthMonth: Some are old, some are new, some are business, some are youth

Educational success has always relied on two factors - the students' willingness to learn, and a teacher's ability to teach. The art of teaching, however, is multi-faceted and it's a continual process - something ORT SA understands all too well, as it looks to provide and support education at a variety of levels

By Shan Radcliffe 29 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: How Repurpose Schoolbags give a child choice, not charity
#YouthMonth: How Repurpose Schoolbags give a child choice, not charity

Since its launch in 2013, Rethaka has manufactured and distributed 10,000 Repurpose Schoolbags in six African countries, recycling 400,000 plastic bags in the process

By Sindy Peters 29 Jun 2017

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#YouthMonth: How the software industry can help combat youth unemployment

We chat to Gareth Hawkey, the CEO of redPanda Software, to get some insight on the role the software industry can play in combating youth unemployment in South Africa

By Ilse van den Berg 27 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Creating solid foundations to unleash unlimited potential
#YouthMonth: Creating solid foundations to unleash unlimited potential

A structured and stable education in the early years is crucial to giving children the best developmental start to life. Unfortunately, not all South African children have access to a good early childhood education, but NPO, The Unlimited Child, is looking to change that

By Shan Radcliffe 23 Jun 2017

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Harnessing the skills of the future

Whitney Houston perhaps summed it up best when she crooned about the children being our future

By Sharon Piehl 16 Jun 2017

Journalist and political commentator, Max du Preez
Has SA finally hit the reset button?

This country is never boring. Where else in the real world does the skinniving, intrigue and corruption offer more plot twists than Game of Thrones?

By Nicci Botha 14 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: Teaching our children to love themselves
#YouthMonth: Teaching our children to love themselves

Writer, entrepreneur and mother, Anita Telle believes the greatest lesson we can teach our children is how to accept and love themselves, and has written a few books to help us do so

By Shan Radcliffe 9 Jun 2017

#YouthMonth: John Mashiri graduates top achiever in brand management with a Pencil in hand
#YouthMonth: John Mashiri graduates top achiever in brand management with a Pencil in hand

Vega student John Mashiri received the Pencil Award, sponsored by the Pendoring Advertising Awards, for graduating with top honours in brand management last month

By Jessica Tennant 7 Jun 2017

School's out for Dik Wednesday
School's out for Dik Wednesday

BREAKING NEWS: Yes, Capetonian parents, it's true. Our kids have just earned themselves the equivalent of a USA 'snow day', courtesy of the 'Monster Storm' that's predicted to make landfall in Cape Town late this evening, as the Western Cape Education Department has announced that all schools shall remain closed tomorrow

By Shan Radcliffe 6 Jun 2017

#AfricaMonth: Bridging the education gap with learner-created content
#AfricaMonth: Bridging the education gap with learner-created content

Presto Academy was born from two university students' recognition of their peers struggle to make the transition between high school and varsity, and their willingness to help them

By Shan Radcliffe 31 May 2017

#AfricaMonth: Exploring Africa's perspectives on knowledge and science
#AfricaMonth: Exploring Africa's perspectives on knowledge and science

Following the official opening of the University of Johannesburg's African Centre for Epistemology and Philosophy of Science, I caught up with Professor Alex Broadbent, the executive dean of the Faculty of Humanities, to find out a bit more about the development of the centre and its research

By Shan Radcliffe 31 May 2017

#WhenIGrowUp: How to become a FAN-shionista
#WhenIGrowUp: How to become a FAN-shionista

The brand-new Johannesburg-based fashion design college, Fashion Academy Network (FAN), has opened its admission doors for its first intake of students in 2018

By Shan Radcliffe 24 May 2017

Jonathan Lun wins SingularityU's Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge
Jonathan Lun wins SingularityU's Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge

Last week saw Jonathan Lun win the judges' vote at the final pitch event for the 2017 SingularityU Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge

By Jessica Tennant 16 May 2017

Jonathan Lun wins SingularityU's Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge
Jonathan Lun wins SingularityU's Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge

Last week saw Jonathan Lun win the judges' vote at the final pitch event for the 2017 SingularityU Southern Africa Global Impact Challenge

By Jessica Tennant 16 May 2017

Chowles presenting at the One Club’s One Show Educators’ Summit, part of Creative Week 2017.
#OneShow2017: Ross Chowles on keeping students' attention

I chatted to Ross Chowles, our own South African born and bred ex-creative director of The Jupiter Drawing Room Cape Town, now an advertising lecturer at Michigan State University, at the One Club's One Show Educators' Summit as part of their Creative Week

By Ann Nurock 9 May 2017

Chance meeting helped SA startup GetSmarter secure over $100m sale
Chance meeting helped SA startup GetSmarter secure over $100m sale

A chance meeting with US listed company 2U's CEO Chip Paucek in October last year set Cape Town based SA edtech startup GetSmarter on the road to being acquired by the US firm in a $103-million deal signed on Monday evening.

By Stephen Timm 3 May 2017

Educating through a whole new print medium
Educating through a whole new print medium

In order to encourage young disadvantaged learners to read and gain a better grasp of the language more quickly, this group of UCT Upstarts developed an innovative solution, using cheap and readily available printing systems, to produce relevant stories and news

By Shan Radcliffe 28 Apr 2017

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