How can / should education and training systems respond to rapidly emerging environment and sustainability issues and risks?
You are invited to participate in two sequential seminars on Tuesday 13 August 2013.
These will be led by Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka, Dr Lausanne Olvitt and Ms Presha Ramsurup from Rhodes University.
The seminars will focus on:
(i)Building the National System of Education and Training through the lens of Environment and Sustainability Education
(ii)Learning Pathways: Missing Skills and Articulation
The first seminar will sketch the contemporary context of social-ecological change, as it currently affects the planet, and the South African context. In the past 20 years South Africa has implemented progressive environmental legislation to keep apace with the scope and scale of the issues and changes, but not enough has been done in the education and training system to bring these ‘new’ areas to the fore in learning programmes, qualifications and the education and training system as a whole. In particular it poses the question – how can / should education and training systems –nationally, but also globally – be responding to contemporary and ever more rapidly emerging environment and sustainability issues and risks?
The second seminar will focus on learning pathways in a field in which many pathways are new. Environment and sustainable development are recognised for their significance in relation to the future of South Africa’s well-being and their complex, transversal nature and ‘newness’ within the education and training system in the country. These realities raise questions as to how newness can be dealt with within a National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
DATE, VENUE AND TIME
Building the National System of Education and Training through the lens of Environment and Sustainability Education
13 August 2013 at 12h30-14h00 at School of Government Room 1E and 1G
Learning Pathways: Missing Skills and Articulation
13 August at 14h15-15h45 at School of Government Room 1E and 1G