Wesley Lynch has been at the helm of Snapplify since he founded the platform seven years ago, turning it into one of the leading edtech startups on the continent. He chats to Fred Roed about how the company has evolved in this time, and why we need to encourage collaboration and integrated eco-systems in the growing edtech sector in Africa.
Pan-African edtech company Snapplify have announced that they, together with UNISA Enterprise, will be the joint ebook provider for the University of South Africa (UNISA). Nearly 400 000 UNISA students will have instant access to hundreds of thousands of ebooks and e-textbooks on mobile, tablet, or desktop devices as a result of the partnership.
Respected lawyer and entreprenuer Max Boqwana is the CEO of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF). Speaking at the Heavy Chef ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Boqwana emphasised the need for a clear and practical strategy for education on the continent. TMF presented a 200-page report on how the 4th industrial revolution can transform education to former president Thabo Mbeki at the event.
Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is a renown intellectual and an authority on the subject of education in Africa. Joining us for the second iteration of the ‘Educators’ Inspire Session, Mr. Mbeki addresses the violence and disorder in South Africa, one of the issues we have to overcome in order to meet the challenge of education and thrive.
Lukhanyo Neer is an entrepreneur who is passionate about Africa's development. He’s been involved with the Thabo Mbeki Foundation since 2009, where he is now the convenor of a working group on preparing South African education for the fourth industrial revolution. Lukhanyo chats to Caley Africa about the working group and what we can expect from the Education Report.
Sam Paddock is the former CEO and Co-Founder of the digital education company, GetSmarter. Sam and his brother Rob started the company in 2008 and grew it to operate in 167 countries by partnering with world-class universities to offer short online courses for professionals. Sam is also a co-founder of Getwine, Hubble Studios, and investor at Yuppiechef. Sam was on our stage last year alongside former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki speaking about the future of education.
Mandisi Sindo also known as Dr. Disi is a South African theatre practitioner, activist, alternative art spaces innovator, actor and presenter. Heavy Chef also recognises Mandisi as a pioneer in the art world, with his non-profit company called Theatre4Change Arts Project, also known as Khayelitsha Art School and Rehabilitation Centre (KASIRC) or the Shack Art School. Heavy Chef Anchor Ondela Mlandu chatted to this remarkable individual to find out about how art can change the world.
There is a problem with education in South Africa (and in Africa). That much is patently clear. The problem is that leaders don't know how to tackle the problem - or where even to start tacking the problem. The '4th Industrial Revolution' has rendered much of the landscape unintelligible for the people in charge of education portfolios at leadership level. When faced with the challenge, the trap is to call yet another round of talks - and all that results is more talks. After listening to two stirring talks by Sam Paddock and S'onqoba Maseko, Former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, gave a fascinating, cogent and sometimes hilarious speech on the Heavy Chef stage.
On Wednesday 22nd August, CEO Fred Roed, announced that Heavy Chef will be hosting former South African president, Thabo Mbeki, in a rare public appearance, to focus on the topic of “Educating Africa” in Johannesburg. The three confirmed speakers are Mbeki, rising star S’onqoba Maseko and Getsmarter co-founder, Sam Paddock.