Solutions for the 4th industrial revolution were explored and revealed, among former heads of African states, educators, business leaders, billionaires, students and innovators, at the annual Fundi Education Forum which took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on the 29th of October 2018.
In partnership with the African Presidential Leadership Centre (APLC), the forum showcased that there are effective solutions for challenges facing education and learning in Africa; it’s in collaboration and technological advances that we ought to realise these solutions to empower the continent. Having also partnered with young African innovators who believe in the power of education, they showcased their innovations at the centre of the event, giving more insights into the role which their ingenious solutions play in making the lives of learners in different parts of the continent easier.
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A special keynote was delivered by Professor Thuli Madonsela, addressing the three attempts of Africa Renaissance, the spirit of Ubuntu and the role of education in building a functional continent; an impressive keynote that left guests empowered and feeling like they too can play a part, big or small. Professor Madonsela’s address was followed by a panel discussion with a mix of young minds with seasoned experienced professionals on the current educational landscape, the future of education and how technology plays a part. A reflection panel where the former heads of states H.E. Jakaya Kikwete, H.E. Kgalema Motlanthe and H.E. Raila Odinga, including esteemed speakers Professor Ntate Dan Kgwadi, Anver Versi and Wendy Luhabe took a look back at lessons from the past and how we move the continent forward; these were thought-provoking discussions, debates and ideas.
“The many months, days and hours that it took to plan an event of this nature does not come close to what the Fundi Education Forum aims to achieve. The 4th industrial revolution is underway and lots of technology has taken force in changing how we interact with and view the world. We need to accelerate education and learning through this lens, our children need to be educated in the new world of technology, coding and robotics etc. Said Chief Marketing Officer, Mala Suriah.
The innovators also held a 30-minute panel discussion deliberating the future of education in relation to their innovations, the role of innovation in education and whether this is a plausible solution for Africa’s education challenges and what disrupting Africa education means for entrepreneurs.
“We’re proud to be doing our bit in making the lives of learners across the continent easier, especially considering Fundi’s offering as an organisation. We are passionate about playing our part in educating the continent and providing platforms to newly found innovations that have an ability to take African education to the next level”, concludes Suriah.
The forum was spearheaded by internationally acclaimed conference moderator Nozipho Mbanjwa and also engaged the audience with polls in which they could contribute to the overall discussion. The Fundi Education Forum represents and advocates for long-term education solutions that are dynamic and impactful to the continent at large, ultimately looking to improve lives through education.
For more information about Fundi Education Forum visit www.fef2018.co.za Or about Fundi, visit www.fundi.co.za.