Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng


As we feel our way through murky waters of 21 Century education and what it entails it is critical to include conversations of diversity, transformation and the changes in education required to ensure a better education exists for each and every child in South Africa.

This morning, we had the privilege of attending a breakfast hosted by the Bishops Trust with Vice-Chancellor of UCT, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng. The Professor began her speech with a disclaimer that she would be provocative as this is when people begin to think with her.  This is when people engage. South Africa has so many socio-economic challenges as a result of the apartheid years. Moving forward is a difficult ask when such a massive portion of children still live in abject poverty and as the system currently stands, few will have the opportunity to escape.

Now is the time for each institution, community, family and individual to play a role in making the necessary change. Many of us wonder what role we have to play, what we should be teaching our children and even where we fit in. Bishops’ role is to begin these conversations, to make the necessary changes, to shape future leaders and to make a conscious effort to go into the world and Inspire Individuals.

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