Publication Date: 07/04/2016

“Kuzobe kujuluka usimende lapho besina bededelana ongqondongqondo nochwepheshe abagxile kwezemfundo yezomnotho nezamabhizinisi entsha yakuleli leAfrica, eTshwane, eNhloko-dolobha leZombuso ekupheleni kwaleliviki.”

7 and 8 of April 2016 will mark the first of its kind, the gathering of local regional and international thought leaders, Experts, practitioners, researchers, policy-makers, educators and others in the fields of social, financial, and entrepreneurship education to table matters concerning these subjects. Themed Creating Inclusive and Sustainable Communities, the Inaugural Regional Seminar on Social, Financial and Entrepreneurship Education for Children and Youth co-hosted by the Department of Basic Education, Aflatoun International and The Banking Association South Africa-StarSaver™ will take place on:

Date:      7-8 April 2016

Venue:   Department of Basic Education (DBE) Conference Centre, Pretoria, South Africa 

Proposed Programme Outline: The seminar will be conducted over two days as follows:

Day 1: Regional Seminar: Thursday, 7 April 2016 Open Session

Day 2: Regional Seminar Friday 8 April 2016 Open Session as well as Closed Session for Aflatoun Partners and DBE Officials

The seminar aims to promote a regional dialogue and strategies on how to align social education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship education in schools with the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Global Action Programme (GAP), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Education 2030, National Development Plans (NDPs) and to establish a SADC Regional Expert Network on social, financial and entrepreneurship education.

Approximately 160 delegates will participate, amongst which will be Department of Basic Education members of the National Economic and Management Sciences (EMS) Subject Committee , Aflatoun implementing partners from SADC region, SADC school curriculum developers, SADC Secretariat and SADC Banking Association representatives, Bankers and financial institutions representatives, Civil society, policy makers, NGOs, entrepreneurship experts and youth organisations. The dialogue will take shape through various pre-set panel discussions and workshop sessions, each focusing on a specific topic of interest.

It is a mature discussion that the economic atmosphere of recent times requires the kind of education that cultivates entrepreneurship much as it does or perhaps even slightly more than it does employability. While this is a clear requirement, the ways in which to go about incorporating these critical subjects into the lives and thinking of young people remains a space to be explored, crafted and engineered to suit the future that Youth is faced with. There are many schools of thoughts around the appropriate time and place wherein such conversations and skills are to be pursued i.e. “Teachable Moments” but reality keeps dictating that there is no time like the present and we, the present society need to identify and clearly craft networks that will help us align this education to achieve effectiveness.

Directing the programme, will be TV Personality Penny Lebyane, who is a keen engager on subject matters tabled at the seminar as well as StarSaver™’s own Ambassador, also a Radio and TV personality Mpumi Mbethe. To sprinkle some South African Swag, guests will be entertained by a local Acapella Group of 4 Young Men from North West, Encourage by the World’s renowned Mountaineer Mr. Sibusiso Vilane (also StarSaver™ Ambassador) as well as the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s Chief Executive, Mr. Sello Hatang.

The seminar is only the beginning (an Inaugural event) of what is envisioned to become an annual event rotating in the region or continent in the future. Dialogues are an important component of understanding times and seasons in any economy in order to prepare adequately for changes.

The Cross-Cutting principle is to move ideas from research to strategy and policy implementation, all salient points made at the seminar will be compiled into a comprehensive report.

The lead partner is the Department of Basic Education (DBE) which is mandated to oversee primary and secondary education in South Africa whose vision is to have a South Africa in which all people have access to lifelong learning, as well as education and training, which will, in turn contribute towards improving the quality of life and build a peaceful, prosperous and democratic South Africa. The Government of South Africa has made Education its apex priority. Government has placed education and skills development at the centre of its priorities.

The Banking Association of South Africa is a not-for-profit industry body representing all registered banks in South Africa (32 member banks) and is the Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Banking Association. The Banking Association South Africa (BASA) works collaboratively with its members to enable progressive, responsive, profitable, competitive, responsible and sustainable banking. The StarSaver™ Programme of BASA provides platform for the robust partnership with DBE and Aflatoun International.

Aflatoun International is a global network organization with a focus on Child and Youth Social & Financial Education with a mission to inspire children and youth to socially and economically empower themselves to become agents of change for a more equitable future. Aflatoun works through a network of over 160 partners in 116 countries delivering age appropriate educational curricula through a child-centred methodology. The Afla-Series includes the following curricula products:

For more info. contact: Fikile Kuhlase | |Tel. 011-645 6700/10 |Mobile: 082 312 7957 and Waheeda Maria  |Tel. 012 357 4127

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