Scholars Visiting from South Africa

Rika Jobert and Jean van Rooyen, scholars at the University of Pretoria,  will be visiting the department and the College during the week of Oct. 19. Rika and Jean work in the Department of Education Management and Policy Studies and study educational law and finance, respectively, in South African education.

On Monday, Oct. 19, Rika and Jean will be presenting Educational Reform in South Africa. The following is a little about their presentation:

Education reforms instituted in the Republic of South Africa since the end of apartheid in the early 1990’s are some of the most profound attempted anywhere in the world. During the post apartheid era educational leaders and policy-makers merged and decentralized racially-based administrative ministries and departments into nine geographically based, decentralized ministries in new provinces. In the process its funding system shifted from a one based on wealth and race that disproportionately benefited whites on a ten to one ratio. Large scale curriculum reforms and teaching methods in a nation with eleven national languages presents a significant pedagogical challenge as does providing equal access to schools and higher education. In sum, systemic reform in the Republic of South Africa has taken on an educational transformation that is unprecedented in scope and complexity amongst other nation in recent history. The transformation has been approached deliberatively and with attention to a sound legal base.

Please join us from 5:30 to 7:00 in 109 Dickey Hall on Monday to participate in this conversation with some of Africa's top educational leadership scholars.