Call for education to shift to thinking, analytical skills

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FORMER First Rand CEO Sizwe Nxasana says SA’s approach to teaching and learning needs to produce pupils who can think, analyse and can produce information, along with preparing them to become entrepreneurs who play a role in society.

“That is why we count it as important in the context of the African continent to make sure that we can be part of the movement to help lead forth our education system,” Nxasana told a conference organised by Future Nation Schools, a new education group he co-founded.

Future Nation Schools is a subsidiary of the Sifiso Learning Group, an education company that operates a portfolio of brands, including Future Nation Launchpad Future, Nation Schools, Sifiso EdTech, Sifiso Publishing and Sifiso Education Properties.

The founders and sole shareholders of the schooling group are Nxasana and his wife Judy Dlamini.

Nxasana is also chairman of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.

The aim of the Sifiso Learning Group is to produce schools accessible to middle to high-income households, with fees ranging from R18,000 to R50,000 per annum depending on the location and specifications of the school. The group has already launched two Future Nation Launchpad pre-schools in Parkwood and Randburg. Two more schools will be opened in 2017 year, one in Lyndhurst.

Future Nation Schools envisage using a project-based learning approach to learning, allowing pupils to design, plan and execute extended projects by applying the theory they learn to solve real-world problems.

“We as foundation schools said that as part of a solution, we will start a chain of schools that doesn’t sink and discredit the public system,” Nxasana said.

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Mampho Langa, the former academic head at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and among the managers of Future Nation said “the woke” generation needed to be challenged in the classroom.

“The 21st-century teacher needs to learn to embrace technology, a teacher that facilitates and not a lecturer. A teacher cannot teach the way they were taught at school during their day,” she said.

© BDlive 2016

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Mangi Tshikomba is a technology entrepreneur, Founder & CEO of Things Technologies and founding editor of EdTechDojo.co.za. He is a OYW Ambassador, Queens Young Leader and Brightest Young Minds Alumni. He holds BSc(Hon) Civil Engineering from Wits University, Jhb and Leadership Certificate from certificate from Cambridge University, UK. His interests are in Entrepreneurship, EdTech and Early Childhood Development (ECD).