Saide Current Awareness
12 December 2022
Education: South Africa
- Big changes for schools in South Africa – these are the laws being accepted and rejected The portfolio committee on basic education has summarised the feedback processed so far in relation to proposed changes to South Africa’s school laws.
- First science centre opens in Bloem Taking central South Africa into the future, the first Science Education Centre (Sci-Ed) in the region was opened on the Bloemfontein campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).
- The children of asylum seekers in South Africa have a right to education An opinion piece contending that South Africa has not created an enabling environment, which results in the children of asylum seekers and refugees struggling to be admitted to schools, as is their right.
- Pioneer is bringing science education alive on the continent Dr. Raïssa Malu inspired students at the African School of Fundamental Physics and Applications, held in Eastern Cape this year.
- For the first time ever, South Africa hosts the 2022 World Science Forum! As reported on Capetalk: On Tuesday 6 December 2022, 118 scientists and science policy makers joined President Cyril Ramaphosa as he opened up the forum at The Cape Town International Convention Centre, ironically, at the heart of the load shedding pandemic that the country is currently facing. Listen to the podcast of Lester Kiewit interviewing Dr. Blade Nzimande, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation.
Language and Literacy
- CoPAL has pressing issues to deal with in 2023 With the 2nd Vice-Chancellors’ Colloquium on language practices now achieved, real work begins for Universities South Africa’s Community of Practice for the Teaching and Learning of African Languages (CoPAL) in 2023, according to Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa, the new Chairperson of CoPAL, who is also Dean and Head of the School of Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Professor takes over the reins from January 2023. See also
Open Education and Open Educational Resources
- Brief Report on Open Praxis and Introduction to Volume 14 issue 1 This Open Praxis issue includes six research papers and one innovative practice paper.The last issue, vol. 13(4), compiled six selected papers derived from contributions presented at the 2021 ICDE Virtual Global Conference Week, including two articles that received the Best Paper Awards in the two conference tracks: innovation and open education.
- Overdrive A digital platform providing access to free ebooks and audiobook and "offers the largest digital content catalog in the world to more than 81,000 libraries and schools in 106 countries and the highest-rated apps that are built to create reading happiness."
- Open Library Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.
- Successful students do more than graduate: they are equipped to be responsible citizens As reported by USAF on LInkedin: ''Professors Jonathan Jansen, Elizabeth Balbachevsky and Hans (J.W.M.) de Wit, shared insights on what defines successful students that universities produce. According to them, success is far more than about academic success, but their contribution to the well-being of society. The conversation took place at a recent HELM Summit 2022 aimed at discussing leadership development strategies for sustainability and change in global higher education."
- Lifelong Learning in Higher Education Webinar A recording of this webinar featuring the following panelists: Professor Abhilasha Singh, Vice President for Academic Affairs, American University in the Emirates Dubai, UAE Professor Yusra Mouzughi, President, Royal University for Women, Bahrain; Mr. Dean Hoke, Co-founder and managing partner of Edu Alliance Group, US and UAE; Ms. Helen Chua Balderama, Director, Global Engagement and Partnerships, York University with relevant articles, books and panelists thoughts available here
- Cutting-edge climate change curriculum enters phase two The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) Climate Change Steering Group recently endorsed the finalised version of a climate change and sustainable development curriculum and digital ecosystem, which SARUA revised and which will be updated, under phase two, in 2023.
- We must embrace new technology that challenges assumptions about higher education Sioux Mckenna and Margaret Blackie write on how 'the successful university student is the one who ‘cracks the code’ and can produce evidence of engagement with the material. But now a computer can do all of this in a matter of seconds. This should stop us in our tracks."
Skills and Employment