Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Head of the Department of Education for KwaZulu-Natal, speaks at the GELP conference about the importance of innovations in education in realising the potential of children.
Prof John Volmink, MIET AFRICA’s chairperson, shared his perspectives on what is learning at the opening session of the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership meeting, currently being held between 22 and 26 November in Auckland, New Zealand. As a member of a panel comprising delegates from New Zealand, Russia, Australia and South Africa, Prof Volmink’s contribution on ways of knowing and what is worth knowing – informed by indigenous perspectives, the growing diversity of our populations and the needs of society and economy – was highly appreciated by the 150+ delegates attending the event.
MIET AFRICA was proud to serve as the local convener of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP) event: Building Future Learning Systems: From exceptional innovations to systemic transformation. The event, held in Durban from 19-21 April 2015, was jointly hosted by GELP global, GELP South Africa and OECD CERI (the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation).
GELP is a global partnership of system leaders in education who:
· aim to radically transform education for the future (not just seek improvement in the existing paradigm).
· collaborate to learn with and from each other.
· focus on education systems and system conditions and understanding how these affect learners and learning at scale
The Durban event was attended by international and Southern African delegates, who came together to share their knowledge, insights and experiences around innovation and transformation for 21st century learning.
Strong system leadership is a critical component and driver for effective and sustainable system transformation.
GELP is a partnership of “thought leaders” from world-class organizations. Teams of key education leaders – who are committed to transforming education in practice and developing the personal skills they need to lead the changes required – collaborate in a global community. GELP supports these education leaders to drive system transformation in their jurisdictions forward, in order to meet the challenges of globalization, demographic shifts and technological advancements.
South Africa is fortunate, through the province of KwaZulu-Natal, to have been invited to participate in this important international programme. The KZN GELP team comprises five members: two from the KZN Department of Education, one from UNISA and two from MIET AFRICA, the development partner – whose role is to coordinate and mobilize resources.
In October, delegates from twelve jurisdictions from six continents gathered as a community of system leaders at the 9th GELP Global Event in New Delhi.