Learn­ing fest aims to in­spire

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NOLOYISO MTEMBU

PROSPEC­TIVE stu­dents, par­ents and the pub­lic are set to ben­e­fit from a free, two-day learn­ing pro­gramme at the Cor­ner­stone In­sti­tute fes­ti­val of learn­ing next week.

The fes­ti­val will run from Thurs­day to Fri­day at the univer­sity’s cam­pus in Salt River, fea­tur­ing provoca­tive speeches, work­shops and pre­sen­ta­tions tar­get­ing those who have just com­pleted Grade 12, aca­demics, ed­u­ca­tors, par­ents who want to in­tro­duce their chil­dren to cut­ting-edge think­ing, and those who are life­long learn­ers at heart.

The pur­pose of the fes­ti­val is to pro­vide learn­ing path­ways into higher ed­u­ca­tion for young peo­ple from the re­gion and to bring cut­ting-edge pre­sen­ta­tions from cham­pi­ons of a va­ri­ety of in­dus­tries and dis­ci­plines to those who at­tend, ac­cord­ing to the in­sti­tute’s mar­ket­ing man­ager, Grant Nuss.

“It is our goal to pre­pare stu­dents for the 22nd cen­tury, en­abling them to learn to change the world and this can only be re­alised if we do things that are go­ing to have them think­ing in this way,” Nuss said.

At least 1 000 peo­ple are ex­pected to at­tend the events.

Among those sched­uled to make pre­sen­ta­tions are Mar­i­anne Merten, se­nior po­lit­i­cal cor­re­spon­dent at In­de­pen­dent Me­dia whose topic is ti­tled: “Hurry up and Wait: Be­ing a Jour­nal­ist in South Africa”. At­tor­ney Gary Jansen will speak about “Law and the Fu­ture”; univer­sity trans­for­ma­tion ex­pert Nazeema Mo­hamed will present “Uni­ver­si­ties in South Africa: De­colonis­ing the Mind” and au­thor Rhoda Kadalie will speak about “Im­prov­ing the Qual­ity of life of the Poor”.

“We are pleased that, as we close this rather tu­mul­tuous year in higher ed­u­ca­tion, we are able to com­plete the aca­demic year suc­cess­fully and move full steam ahead in our prepa­ra­tions for next year,” said Nuss.

Cor­ner­stone In­sti­tute is a not-for-profit, pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion institution offering a range of cer­tifi­cates, diplo­mas and de­grees (in­clud­ing hon­ours de­grees) across a va­ri­ety of dis­ci­plines.

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