A Vision for Education: Minister Motshekga Showcases South Africa’s Schooling System Recovery Plan at EWF in London

Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga, recently revealed the curriculum recovery plan for rebooting and rebuilding the South African schooling system. The presentation took place during the Education World Forum (EWF) in London, a platform designed to foster international collaboration and share innovative educational strategies.

Supported by Director-General Mr Mathanzima Mweli, Minister Motshekga attended the EWF from 7 to 10 May 2023. This year’s theme, “Nurturing learning culture, building resilience and promoting sustainability for stronger, bolder, better education by design”, serves as a focal point for discussions surrounding COVID-19 recovery. Key areas such as foundations for early learning, skills development, digital skills and technology, and Coding and Robotics were addressed.

During the official opening ceremony, Minister Motshekga emphasised the need for international collaboration to create accessible, equitable, and inclusive education. “We believe that collaboration amongst stakeholders is crucial in achieving these goals,” said the Minister.

She outlined South Africa’s progress in transforming the basic education sector, highlighting near-universal access to schooling and a significant increase in early learning opportunities. However, she acknowledged that challenges, particularly concerning low and unequal early learning outcomes, still exist.

Minister Motshekga celebrated the resilience of the South African basic education system during the COVID-19 pandemic, noting the continuation of schooling and successful completion of the National Senior Certificate. The Minister also highlighted how new technologies have been harnessed, with initiatives such as a nationwide roll-out of a Coding and Robotics curriculum.

Throughout the forum, Minister Motshekga held important meetings with international colleagues, including the Global CEO of the British Council, Mr Scott McDonald, and the Minister of State for Schools, Mr Nick Gibb. She concluded her programme with school visits in London, engaging with School Management Teams, teachers, and learners.

Minister Motshekga’s presentation at the EWF represents an inspiring step forward in South Africa’s commitment to improving education and building a brighter future for its next generation.