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Inaugural Selizwe Conference 2018

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Inaugural Selizwe Conference 2018
Founded by Dr. Percy Malixole Mahlathi, Selizwe Leadership Academy will be hosting a symposium to introduce the idea of alumni investing in their Alma Mater on a collective basis by showcasing live examples of what alumni are experiencing in the Colosa Senior Secondary School situation; a focus on alumni role in nurturing a rural school.

Alumni Activism: An Untapped Resource for Nurturing Schools in Rural Communities

The objectives of the symposium are to introduce the idea of alumni investing in their Alma Mater on a collective basis by showcasing live examples of what alumni are experiencing in the Colosa Senior Secondary School situation; a focus on alumni role in nurturing a rural school.

Delegates attending the symposium will gain insight on the potential that alumni have in positively contributing to education and health, and how to organise alumni into a formidable development oriented association. The symposium is an opportunity to invest in development programmes directed at rural communities and to network with other alumni from various parts of the country to understand the underlying challenges facing education as narrated by leading experts.

Topics and Speakers

A Case for Alumni Activism
Dr Percy Mahlathi – Founder of Selizwe Leadership Academy and Chairman of Mthombo Wethemba Initiative


Development in the Eastern Cape  – historical trends and challenges
Dr Pali Lehohla – Former Statistician General of South Africa

Is Our Approach to Education Appropriate for Evolving Languages and Cultures?
Professor Madoda Cekiso – Associate Professor in the Department of Applied Languages at the Tshwane University of Technology

Overcoming Barriers. Imagining and Facilitating A Better Future For Learners In Rural Communities
Ms Nicky Jebese – Magistrate in the Grahamstown Magistrate Court

Nurturing A Culture of Achievement, A Young Scientists Worldview
Ms Lumka Msibi – Chief Systems and Structural Designs Engineer

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