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Are we preparing our children for jobs of the future?

Sanlam hosted a conversation with key thought-leaders around the topic of education around the theme, "How can we prepare our kids for the jobs of the future?"

The panel discussion, hosted by CapeTalk's Africa Melane at the gateway of Robben Island, took place at the iMadiba bench - part of a global interactive, participative art project that celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy through the promotion of meaningful conversations for change in artistic recreations of his Robben Island cell.

In celebration of Mandela Day, this conversation, held in association with Nelson Mandela Foundation, was focused on insights and solutions from those in the field regarding the skills required for the jobs of the future, who the role players in teaching these skills to kids would be, and how to do this in practice.

If you look at the conversations being held globally around the 4th industrial revolution, there seems to be an awareness and conversations about what we need to do to prepare our kids for future careers.

Dr Tshepiso Matentjie, registered educational psychologist, life coach and trainer

The biggest thing for me, it's the role of the parent as a stakeholder, making sure you develop this child.

Khanyi Nzukuma, CEO of Glacier by Sanlam

Having parents who have been supportive of things like research, and things like innovation, have been extremely important in my life, and that's what is essential in getting people - kids especially - involved in innovation and the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Kiara Nirghin, Google Science Fair Grand Prize Winner

The work that is being done at foundation phase level, at Primary School, is very very important because they need to match up to the demand, the rigor, that is needed at University, or other higher education institutions.

Nosipho Bele, Lecturer - University of KwaZulu-Natal Lecturer & Founder - Mentor Me to Success

Visit The Future of Education, with Africa Melane to listen to this important conversation, watch a video and follow the #SanlamiMadiba conversation on Twitter.


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