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What kind of education system does Africa need to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution and how do we produce learners who are productive and competitive in the future economy?These were among the questions ‘The Educators’ Inspire Session, a Heavy Chef collaboration with Discovery SA, aimed to get the answers to. Some of the best minds in the education game, Rapelang Rabana, Sam Paddock and Lukhanyo Neer provide insights into a pressing matter and it isn't all bad. They address issues like lack of infrastructure, resources and relevant tools, and offer solutions that fit the African education landscape.
Using mobiles to rekindle learning
Rapelang believes in using mobile technology to re-imagine learning by creating bite-sized, interactive, adaptive learning experiences that enable easy tracking of learning activity and transparently show levels of knowledge retention.
This TedxCapeTown talk was the birth of Rekindle Learning, now a highly innovative company providing digital learning experiences to companies and universities.
New ways are needed to teach and test young people in the skills of the futureThe oft-used quote relating to the writings of Charles Darwin, “It is not the strongest species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the most responsive to change”, hints at what we need to thrive in the future. Darwin speaks to “responsiveness” being the decisive survival trait. Should we not then define intelligence, in terms other than IQ or EQ, and rather our ability to respond to change, to react to the tasks of work and life, to demonstrate the agility we seek in businesses today?
Language Equity must RiseThe need for literacy in the form of basic reading and writing skills is well understood. But inadequate language skills at a tertiary level bring its own range of complexities. While most learners entering higher education speak English – i.e. they have Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) – this is inadequate for the skills required at tertiary education level, because the ability to communicate in a language is not equivalent to the capacity to learn in that language. Learners need to develop Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP) in English to succeed at an English institution.
CNBC GurusThe way we understand how value and success is created in the world today, is changing. It is not so much about having something that nobody else has. But increasingly, it’s about knowing what you have, knowing who you are and working with that, to your advantage. It’s about tapping into your internal wisdom.
Gracing the Cover of Forbes Africa before the age of 30'Rabana said: "Most of us will be familiar with the Chinese proverb about teaching a man to fish as opposed to giving him a fish. My proposition is: teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime. Expose a man to the internet and he will change his life." It led to a Bachelor of Business Science in computer science and finance.
Rabana was faced with the question that plagues most graduates: “What now?” She was tired of starting at the bottom of the food chain. Entrepreneurship was a way for her to make her own way.'
Forbes Africa August 2013 - Read Article
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos - Closing PlenaryAt the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Rapelang Rabana was honoured to share a panel with the Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Prof Klaus Schwab and Founder of the Grameen Bank, Prof Mohammed Yunus.
Some of the thoughts she shared: "The solutions we need to come up with to solve access to key services, must be scalable to billions of people.... It is crucial to economic development. In the 1400's we saw how the printing press increased the dissemination of information and consequently contributed to one of most exponential increases in global trade. The internet can take that to another unprecedented level."
Profiled on CNN African VoicesDuring the World Economic Forum Meeting on Africa in Cape Town May 2013, CNN sat down with internet technology entrepreneur Rapelang Rabana.
Rapelang talks about Yeigo, Rekindle Learning and shares her views on the role of technology in Africa's development.