Re-imagining the Future of Education in Africa
The socio-economic growth and future of Africa rests on education being a right, not a privilege. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed systemic and deep inequalities in the quality of, and access to, education across the continent. While rolling lockdowns have resulted in 1.6 billion students globally being out of school, prompting a surge in the use of online education, 89% of students in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to household computers and 82% lack internet access.
Join Sizwe Nxasana, founder of Future Nation Schools and co-founder of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), and Professor Lyal White, Senior Director of the JBS, for a discussion on the future of education in Africa, and what needs to be done to ensure the goal of an integrated, affordable and high-quality system is achieved.
Mr. Sizwe Errol Nxasana holds a BCom, BCompt (Hons), CA (SA) qualifications.
He started his career at Unilever. In 1989 he established Sizwe & Co, the first black-owned audit practice in Kwazulu Natal. In 1996 he became the founding partner of Nkonki Sizwe Ntsaluba now called SizweNtsaluba Gobodo (SNG-Grant Thornton) which is the fifth largest audit firm in South Africa. In 1998 he joined Telkom SA as Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for its listing on the JSE and New York Stock exchanges. Sizwe was the CEO of FirstRand Banking Group since 2005 until he retired in September 2015. Sizwe serves as Chairman on various Foundations and Trusts. He is the Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust. He is Founder and Chairman of Ikusasa Student Financial Aid Programme (ISFAP) which funds and supports students who come from poor and “missing middle” backgrounds
Sizwe is now a social entrepreneur who recently founded Future Nation Schools which is a chain of affordable private schools in South Africa. He also founded Sifiso Learning Group which is involved in Edtech, academic publishing and real estate.
Sizwe Nxasana has been conferred with honorary doctorates by the Universities of Fort Hare, the Durban University of Technology, the University of Johannesburg and the Walter Sisulu University.
Date: 5 August 2020
- Time: 09:00 – 10:00am SAST
- Venue: Online conferencing. The conference link will be sent upon registration.
- Fee: No charge