On the 31st of October, the Fundi Inaugural Education Forum was held at the Venue in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg. This, excellently organised event, allowed hundreds of attendees the opportunity to listen to the views and experience of past presidents of Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Mauritius, Tanzania and Zanzibar, on youth education. The discussion recognised the high percentage of young people (under 35's) in Africa, and the immense importance of education as a vehicle to ensure economic and social development. Reference was often made to the 4th Industrial revolution and how different countries in Africa could view and manage the impact of this. Particular mention was made of the fact that universities should not be the only option for the development of talent and that knowledge should not just mean: the ability to memorise information. In future individuals will need to apply and use their knowledge to solve problems. It is not just about being technically skilled, but also being able to manage other skills such as: conflict resolution, negotiation, building relationships and leadership. Other topics of discussion included:
- the funding of education and the role of the government and the private sector,
- the importance of standardised education across borders,
- using the local official languages or English as the language for education,
- and the "brain drain” of talent to the developed world.
The JvR Africa Group thanks Fundi for the opportunity to have participated in this event, and allowing us to invite our clients to attend.