2018 has been declared the year to celebrate the centenary of the first president of South Africa’s democracy, Dr Nelson Mandela. The DBE has been a privileged recipient of Dr Mandela’s great wisdom. His famous saying, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” continues to define our work in the Department.
In unpacking the above quotation, in the context of the Department’s mandate, it becomes clear that if education is to change the world for most South Africans, it has to be of a high quality and relevant to the needs of the country. The Director-General’s initiative of engaging key education officials and school principals from the nine provinces is to be hailed as an important game changer in motivating, supporting and giving oversight to provinces, districts and schools. These 30 engagements scheduled for the first half of the year, are geared towards improving learning outcomes that will ultimately offer learners the opportunity to change their life chances through securing good passes in Grade 12, entering higher education and other training institutions and thereby improving their employability.