Premium Education Event kicks off on 1 July

Eduweek, Honouring Excellence within the African Education Industry

The only all-encompassing education event in South Africa – the SABC Education African Eduweek – kicks off for it’s 9th consecutive year next month. Eduweek will showcase more than 120 local and international exhibitors, host 20 free-to-attend education seminars and more than 70 technical workshops – making it the premium education event in Africa.

Eduweek is an excellent networking opportunity for anyone operating in the education sector with more than 3500 people expected to attend, up from last year’s 2436 expo visitors. Event Director, Tanya Jackman, said: “This premium event is the best place to meet and network with education professionals. Visitors will be exposed to top quality, relevant information, training and the latest useful products that can be implemented directly into any classroom or institute of learning.”

Speakers at this year’s biggest and best Eduweek event include various interesting experts in the education field, teachers, government officials and representatives from leading organisations.

A key speaker to look out for is Grant Bulumo, whose talk is titled: ‘High-Impact Teacher Training and Development – A Recalibration.’ During this session Bulumo will address the lack of skilled educators and share best practise in teacher training and development. He will also strategize ways in which to improve teaching techniques and functionality in the classroom.

Vice chancellor of Witwaterstrand University, Adam Habib, is another key speaker not to miss. He will appear as a panellist in a discussion titled: ‘First Year is too Hard’. Panellists will debate why first year students are not equipped to deal with the knowledge gap between high school and tertiary institutions and outline measures needed to bridge that gap.

Principal of Foot Prints Special Needs School, Sharon Rowe, will lead a panel on the important conversation around inclusivity and special needs students.  Panellists will unpack the notion of belonging, and of what inclusivity really means in South Africa’s schooling system.

Other good speakers to note are: Deputy Executive Director of Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Prof Francois Venter, talking on ‘The birds and the Bees’; and Andrew Einhorn, Chief Executive Officer of Numeric, on solutions to change South Africa’s standing as the world’s second worst performer in Maths.

Visitors will be able to spend quality time with the leading brands within the education sector including Intel, Pearson, MTN and Samsung who will each be hosting their own free to attend, teacher training & development workshops. These sessions will span a variety of topics such as basic and higher education, early childhood development. Intel’s first workshop brings together people with worldwide experience in implementation strategies in inclusive education. The second workshop will deal with the company’s accredited world-class teaching programmes.

According to Jackman Eduweek 2015 has more on offer than ever. “We have introduced four new product sectors, Maths & Science Equipment, School Supplies & Educational Toys, Safety & Security and – voted in specifically by our visitors – Sustainability & Energy Efficiency. There will also be two 100-seater EduTheatres where visitors will be able to see a variety of educational seminars free of charge,” she said. “We are sure that these free sessions will drive a greater attendance from education professionals across the continent.”

This year Eduweek is also introducing the African Eduweek Awards to recognise brilliance and forward thinking in the development of new education products. “We are also extremely excited about the new high-level technology conference – E-Tech Africa – focusing on the future of technology in education that will dovetail with Eduweek” said Jackman.



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