Should William Shakespeare be taught in Africa’s schools and universities? It’s a question that emerges, sometimes flippantly and sometimes in earnest, when conversations about post-coloniality and decolonisation turn to literature and culture.
Even though he went to work as soon as he left school to help support his family, Cobus Nel never let his dream die. He returned to university years later, and today is teaching the next generation.
A man from Hanover Park in Cape Town walked a total of 34km every day to get to university, and go back home. His journey ended with graduation this week. Now he is putting to work and is teaching the next generation at a local school.
Teachers across South Africa are turning away from the traditional blackboard and are plugging into technology in their attempts to become better educators. Along the way, they have found that learning is more fun, and that children are keener to get to grips with their education.
From teacher to broadcaster and now back to working with youth, news anchor Pat Pillai has come a long way. In his new home at LifeCo UnLtd SA, he plans to help young South Africans live lives more in the spirit of Nelson Mandela.
A South African non-profit organisation is leading the field in helping to improve the quality of maths and science teachers, by mentoring new teachers. It also offers resources, induction and support to novice teachers who are new to the classroom.
In Africa, there is a deeply entrenched belief that education is wasted on girls, that their lot in life is to raise a family. But the truth is that gender equality in education boosts economic growth. Girls Charge focuses on improving access to quality education in some of Africa's most marginalised communities.
Mercy Senyatsi is an ordinary South African doing something extraordinary; she homes school pupils who need care and loving consistency.
Khensani Primary School was once just another statistic in South Africa's challenging education environment: run down, falling apart, and no place for children to learn. But Dr Fannie Sebolela has turned into the top performing school in the Tshwane District. It is no small achievement.