Universities need to work with tech companies

Martin Hall, University of Cape Town The world of higher and professional education is changing rapidly. Digitally-enabled learning, in all its forms, is here to stay. Over the last five years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enabled universities to share their expertise with millions across the world. This shows how rapidly developing digital technologies …

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YALI courses do African entrepreneurs no good

Ademola Adenle, Colorado State University Growing youth unemployment remains a socio-economic challenge in Africa. Several initiatives, including foreign development aid programmes, are being deployed to address this. Many come with noble intentions. But they are undermined by the flawed approach of parachuting solutions made in the West. A study focusing on a seven year old …

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Reclaiming the hidden history of Afrikaans

Hein Willemse, University of Pretoria The language of Afrikaans remains a contested issue in South Africa. The controversy over the medium of instruction at traditionally Afrikaans universities such as Stellenbosch has brought this to the fore again. Should it be in Afrikaans, English, a combination, or a hybrid which will include other South African languages? …

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Shakespeare in South African schools: to die, to sleep – or perchance to dream?

Chris Thurman, University of the Witwatersrand South Africa’s education authorities are reviewing the school curriculum. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has confirmed that the review will feature a focus on “decolonisation” reflecting the need to move towards the use of more African and South African novels, drama and poetry. This might spell the end of …

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Sport for peace and development: Zambia shows how

Iain Lindsey, Durham University; Davies Banda, University of Edinburgh; Ruth Jeanes, Monash University, and Tess Kay, Brunel University London Sport has the potential to change lives. High profile examples of individual sportsmen and women often receive significant publicity, like the ten refugee athletes who competed at the Rio Olympics in 2016, or the charitable work …

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