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People Are Key To Unlocking SA’s Potential, Says Thabo Mbeki Unveiling His Foundation’s Report On Education And 4IR

Riyaz Patel

Thabo Mbeki and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga are studying a report into education and the fourth industrial revolution compiled by researchers at the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF).

TMF convenor, Lukhanyo Neer, said the 200-page research included four pilot studies on: a decolonised curriculum, examining existing online resources, emulating global best practice in the fourth industrial revolution, and bringing the teaching profession into the fourth industrial revolution.

Mbeki described the research as “a refreshing, positive development during South Africa’s trying times.”

“In the end, it’s not your platinum deposits or whatever else this country has, or the gas that was found by Total in the oceans. It’s not those things that will change South Africa for the better. It’s people,” said Mbeki.

Motshekga said the corporate sector offered great ideas and it was vital for government to enter into partnership opportunities which can be piloted on a smaller scale and benefit the sector and inform the bigger system.

“We have more than 12 million children in the system in total and the lessons we get from these children help us with great knowledge that we can potentially use to serve all of the other schools,” Motshekga said.

The report includes briefs of 50 schools across the country where digital learning programmes were piloted.

The Basic Education minister welcomed the report and said having an organisation that deals intellectually with the matter of education was very enriching.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his State of The Nation Address in June, that education would figure prominently in the programme of the current administration.

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