Breaking Barriers To Education At Trialogue Business In Society Virtual Conference

By: Staff Writer

How can all sectors of society help to support early childhood development and promote literacy as the cornerstones of quality education, and collaborate to improve impact in the sector?

Some of South Africa’s key educationists, academics, heads of corporate foundations and other thought leaders will address these pressing issues at the highly anticipated Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference (13-14 October).

Now in its 13th annual year, the Conference offers an impressive line-up of 60 speakers taking part in over a dozen panel discussions and breakout sessions. The Breaking Barriers to Quality Education programme, presented in partnership with Old Mutual on the morning of Tuesday 13 October, includes the following experts:

Godwin Khosa is CEO of the National Education Collaboration Trust, which is committed to ensuring that 90% of South African learners pass maths, science and languages with at least 50% by 2030.

Prof. Leketi Makalela is founding director of the Hub for Multilingual Education and Literacies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His research areas include translanguaging, multilingual education and literacies.

Kanyisa Diamond is senior project manager of the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project, with extensive experience in development, programme management, and corporate social responsibility.

Kulula Manona is the director for Reading Promotion at the Department of Basic Education. Her portfolio includes managing the implementation of the Reading Sector Plan and the Read to Lead campaign.

Khayakazi Namfu is programme director of Public School Partnerships, bringing together government, funders, no-fee schools, and non-profit education support organisations.

Vuyiswa Ncontsa is CEO of BRIDGE, an NPO that connects stakeholders and innovators in education.

Prof. Elizabeth (Lilli) Pretorius is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, Unisa. Her main area of research is reading literacy.

Grace Matlhape is CEO of SmartStart NPC, an early learning social franchise.

Yandiswa Xhakaza is CEO of Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

A full virtual two-day conference experience costs R3 500 excluding VAT, or R875 excluding VAT per three-hour session (one full morning or afternoon). The Breaking Barriers to Quality Education session is offered on the morning of Tuesday 13 October. Group discounts are available for three to five delegates, at 7.5%. Six or more delegates will be discounted by 10%. Email or call 021 671 1640. View the two-day programme here.

About Trialogue:

Trialogue is a 51% black-owned company and the Southern Africa Local Authority for a global network of responsible business and social development-focused organisations, called the Global Exchange, overseen by the US-based CECP: Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose. Trialogue has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg and shares its knowledge through its annual conference and handbook, digital platform (, training programmes and webinars. It also offers corporate social investment and sustainability consulting and reporting services.

Bandile Mathebula

Award wining writer and Journalist. Founding Editor In Chief at Sibizi News. Managing Director at Sibizi Media. Vice-Chairman at Ignite Young Minds SA. I have worked in the media industry for the past 7 years working across different brands and industries.

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