Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor, joined parents at St Stithians College to discuss how the education system is changing for the future.
The inaugural Saints in Dialogue aimed to give parents insight into the needs of the changing world and how to better equip young children after their schooling.
The rector of the school, Tim Nuttall said that the discussion is in the pursuit of creating engaged and active citizens who work toward creating a better society.
Pandor took the opportunity to discuss how technology is influencing the world and how the crucial skills children need are changing. Pandor, who has also previously served as the Minister of Education and the Minister of Science and Technology, said, “When change happens so rapidly, mismatches easily occur between the sets of skills that schools teach and those skills that they need out there in the workplace and the enterprise place.
“We need to really ensure that we have teachers who are able to steer young people to be able to use content online, be able to help young people develop routine and cognitive skills and access them through digital resources.”
She added that it is essential to teach young people how to be innovative and creative and a modern, forward-thinking teacher will be able to help prepare learners for everything the world might throw at them.
During the event, Roy Gluckman, the CEO of Cohesion Collective and Obenewa Amponsah, the executive director of the Harvard University Center for African Studies South Africa Office discussed diversity, inclusion and equality in South Africa.
Their dialogue with the parents highlighted that it is the responsibility of all to contribute to a South Africa where every person has the opportunity to flourish.
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