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Our first podcast series is called “The Future of Education”. It uncovers the different approaches to education, through a deeper understanding of education at large. This series reveals thought-provoking insights on topics related to education, whilst expanding our listeners’ minds and perspectives in how we can improve the world around us, through learning. In each episode we take our listeners on a journey of conversations that focus on education systems and individuals that are involved in committed journey’s to bring about change in it.
This is a summary of the episodes that we already covered in this podcast series so far:
In the 6th episode with Vusi Gumede, a professor at the University of South Africa, an author and a former adviser to the Thabo Mbeki presidency; we broadly explore how the South African educational landscape is evolving against the backdrop of COVID-19.
Published: 23 October 2020
Professor Vusi Gumede, a former Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a former Chief Policy Analyst in the Thabo Mbeki administration, is Professor at the University of South Africa. He was also Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2013-2018). He is a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council in South Africa. Since joining the academic sector in 2010, Professor Gumede has authored and edited thirteen books and he has published over forty journal papers, book chapters and essays.
In this episode we talk about the importance of self-awareness and the human experience with renowned coaches Prerna Sujan and Anita Kulcu-Gusztafik.
Published: 20 September 2020
Anita Kulcu-Gusztafik brings a truly dynamic personality and great ideas to our team. Anita is motivated by seeing the shining eyes of the client after enlightenment and new ideas. She has gathered practical experience in both the public and private sector, working with large organisations as well as SMEs. Her experience has highlighted that the most valuable task for her is to support personal and professional development of individuals. Her goal is to create value, to increase the client’s awareness and internal motivation, to support them in establishing a conscious, efficient, happy professional and private life.
Prerna Sujan has over 30 years of experience in the services industry. She focusses on wellness, legal recruiting and specialised coaching of senior lawyers working for reputed local, regional and international firms in the CEE region. With a rich tapestry of life experiences, Prerna brings a unique blend of the east and the west into her coaching. She also practices ontological coaching, which helps to bring balance and harmony in the language, emotions and body domains. Mirroring the client and shifting the client by way of powerful questioning. Prerna has travelled extensively, lived in Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, and this acquired a rich understanding of various cultures across the world.
In Episode 4 we talk to Emma Sue Prince, a trainer, author, employability consultant and founder of Unimenta. This episode digs a little deeper in the value of “soft skills” as the cornerstones to skills of the future. We briefly unpack the kinds of skills students should be honing for for their future work spaces.
Published: 20 July 2020
Emma Sue Prince is a specialist in experiential learning and believes 100% that this methodology is key to developing life skills and soft skills as it is the only way to develop self-awareness, upon which all behavioural change is based. Emma Sue is the author of 7 Skills for the Future, published by Pearson Business in 2019. Her expertise is sought after in emerging and developing countries as well as in the UK training trainers, designing materials and providing consultancy on employability skills. This work has taken her all over the world and has given her a leading reputation in the field.
In this episode we are talking with Sophia Mavridi, a digital learning specialist and author, about educator’s and their continuous need to learn and adapt in the changing education system. We begin with unpacking the importance of continuous learning and how it specifically impacts the student learning experience, and we also touch on the skills set that student’s typically gain as a result of it. We take a peek into the classroom to explore the new teaching approach to “21st century thinking”.
Published: 20 July 2020
Sophia is a digital learning specialist at De Montfort University (U.K.). She is currently teaching in U.K. higher education and provides in-service training for institutions and publishers around the world. Her latest co-edited volumes are ‘English for 21st century skills’ and ‘Digital innovations and research in language learning” both of which reflect her great interest in the transformational role of innovative pedagogies in education.
In episode two of this podcast series, we speak to Lon Appleby about the human experience and its significance on education. Lon shares his personal approach to educating students, something that is firmly anchored in his philosophy of the human experience. We discuss the importance of understanding learning, innovation and progress through this lens. One of the many outcomes from Lon’s approach is that it allows us to bring our own life experiences and realities into the classroom.
Published: 20 June 2020
Lon Appleby is a general education professor at Durham College in Oshawa Canada. He created the The Global Class, an online educating platform where students from different parts of the world attend different courses in a virtual classroom. When he is not teaching, he is an author, a print and broadcast journalist, and a documentary producer.
In this episode, we discuss the current state of affairs in education, how COVID-19 will impact it, the problems with universities competing with each other, whether or not degrees will become obsolete in the future, and so much more.
Published: 20 April 2020
After an international business career in sales and management for medium and large sized corporations, Eddy moved into education, training and consulting, mainly in sustainability, personal development and intercultural management. Eddy is CEO of MAROR NV, Lecturer at Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and Co-founder of Emagine Life, a meeting place in Antwerp to help create a better future for all. He has a heart for people and nature.
The newly established GiLE Journal of Skills Development (GJSD) invites authors
to submit research articles for its first issue.