Education and technology will benefit youth for generations to come, says Naledi Pandor

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Education ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa during the sixth Brics Education Ministers Meeting in Cape Town. Picture: Graig-Lee Smith/EWN.

Graig-Lee  Smith

Preparing young people for the fourth industrial revolution is one of the main themes at the sixth Brics Education Ministers Meeting.

This year’s meeting is being held in Cape Town.

Brics chairperson and Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor says equipping young people with education and technology will benefit the youth for generations.

 

Pandor says the aim of the summit is not only to have good ideas and policies on paper but also to have practical action in advancing education across the five countries.

“But I hope you won’t be like that Commonwealth Minister who forgot that even though we had a conference in Cape Town, it wasn’t time to go to the beach. We were here for conference business. So, I like forward to our deliberations.”

Education ministers from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will now discuss the 2018 Academic Forum report.

Thereafter, delegates will sign the sixth Meeting of Brics Ministers of Education and Training 2018 Declaration.

The declaration commits to inclusive and equitable quality education for all.

Technical and Vocational Training

Pandor has urged young people to consider a career in technical and vocational training.

Pandor stressed that partnerships between educational institutions and the private sector plays a huge role.

She says South Africa has made numerous interventions to improve technical training at colleges across the country.

There are 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training colleges across the country.

“I wish to see very dynamic curriculum change. I’d like to see the infusion of technology as a strong part of the programmes we offer. But absolutely clear and imperative from what my colleagues from Russia, India, Brazil and China are saying is the relationship I’m working to develop.”

The declaration will see the sharing of information and frameworks around technical and vocational training.

 

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