ACP Conference 2016


24 - 27 September 2016


Century City Convention Centre, Cape Town


SADC countries (Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe) register here. SADC Register International delegates (all countries except SADC countries above) register here. International Register Sponsors register here. Sponsor Register

Plenary speakers

Prof. Mary Metcalfe: Curriculum Coverage – Compliance or Professional Leadership? 

Every teacher builds on the existing – and varied- learning that children bring to the grade that they are in. The Curriculum specifies content for every year and for every term. What happens when learners have fallen behind and can’t cope? How can school management teams identify and support teachers to solve problems? How can school management teams deepen professional judgement in relation to curriculum coverage?

Niel Steinmann: Mentoring the next generation: “Make them part of your pride”

Today the new generation brings different expectations of how businesses and schools should function. These talented young individuals also have clear and unambiguous expectations regarding their careers. They prefer to be mentored and want to be “meaningfully engaged” at work. Will we be able to deliver on what they seek? More importantly what should mentors understand about this generation and how should this massive pool of talent, their energy and passion be harnessed into significant, value add contributions?

In nature the lioness gets it right! As soon as her cubs are introduced, they become ‘part of the pride’. She strategically time the raising of her cubs and exposes them at the right moment to different activities in the pride, ensuring they learn the critical skills to survive in a competitive environment. Ultimately her objective is to ensure that the cubs become ‘engaged’ as hunters and in so doing, meaningfully contribute to the success of the pride.

The session will help build a solid understanding of what it takes to engage and retain teaching talent specifically generation Y employees. The speaker will refer to what intentional mentoring is all about and what is necessary to succeed in integrating, engaging and mentoring young people in their diverse and challenging school environment.

Dr David Molapo: Leading Effectively in Difficult Times

The world is changing at a fast, every-increasing tempo. This means that the role of education, to prepare a school going generation for adult life, is under stress. How do we make sure that learners will leave school with the right skills to be able to flourish beyond the year 2030?

Do you have the courage to lead in turbulent times? Successful leaders must possess a variety of skills to be effective – and courage is certainly a critical one. To be relevant during the 21st Century, effective leaders must adjust quickly. They must lead by setting clearer direction and by stepping away to enable passionate champions to drive results and accept accountability.

Dr David Molapo will be inspiring the delegates on 16 Ways To Lead Effectively, Even in Turbulent Times. He believes that leadership can be thought of as an ongoing series of decisions that require courage. I CAN…YOU CAN…together WE CAN be courageous leaders that will overcome tough times and be relevant during the 21st Century!

Dr Trevor Ncube: Educating Africa’s Children: Opening the Gateway to Global Citizenship

“Africa will rise or fall largely based on how it deals with its youthful population. An appropriate investment in educating its young population and creating jobs through sound economic policies could catapult the continent into a prosperous powerhouse. And yet failure to invest in educating the Millennials risks creating a hotbed of social and political instability over the next two decades. Educating the youthful population without concomitant job creation presents even higher risks of instability. Science, Maths and technology will be key disciplines in empowering the youthful population into becoming economically active citizens. Sadly a brief look at the state of education on the continent says there is a lot of work to be done. Thus the youth dividend could be the cause of extreme instability on the continent.”

Professor Wayne Derman: “Achieving the balance: how to live, teach and learn in 2017”

This talk provides both an entertaining and intellectual perspective aimed at encouraging the listener to evaluate their current state of health & wellbeing from a holistic perspective. This talk describes the effect of lifestyle choices on the brain and the ability to learn (and teach). It will also reveal what the latest trends are in recovery and sleep research and what this means for our busy lives. Prof Derman motivates the listener to take control of their lives and adopt the “5 step plan” for optimal performance in our everyday life.

Prof. Adam Habib: The Role of the University in a Changing World.

In South Africa student protests over the escalating cost of university fees saw the creation of a movement, #FeesMustFall that swept rapidly across campuses throughout the country. This followed a similar movement in Cape Town, #RhodesMustFall a few months earlier around the statue of Cecil John Rhodes around the broader transformation project. Collectively, they built up what was to become the largest student social movement ever seen since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy in 1994. Its historic impact on the landscape of higher education will have far reaching consequences that will affect that society for decades to come. Indeed, the #FeesMustFall movement was an agitator for social change, and its genesis was on the university campus. This is indicative of the essential role of universities in a rapidly changing world that is often characterised by social upheaval.

Break-Away Sessions

David Wylde: Glocalization: Africa vs/with the world

Requested feedback from ICP principals around the world has developed a paper that draws on trends from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, USA, Cuba, Jordan, India, Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Mentoring principals in rural Mpumalanga and Duncan Village, East London, as well as my own principal’s experience in South Africa, leads to a comprehensive analysis of our challenges.

The presentation draws three points in its conclusion:

  • What does it look like when it’s fixed? – Finland
  • Which comes first – society or the school? Equality versus equity. “Schools should enable children to understand the world around them and the talents within them” – Sir Ken Robinson;
  • Principals Matter – “we have not found a single case of a school improving its student achievement, in the absence of talented leadership.”

Rose Izizinga (Uganda): Educating the African Child: Opening the Gateway to Global Citizenship. How do we prepare African children to be globally relevant and competitive?

Global Citizenship Education (GCED) aims to empower learners to assume active roles to face and resolve global challenges and to become proactive contributors to a more peaceful, tolerant, inclusive and secure world. Global Citizenship Education, UNESCO

How can African schools turn out students who fit the quotation?

This presentation will explore what the state of learning in Sub-Saharan Africa is today in relation to the rest of the world; It asks what knowledge, skills and values children need to live and work in a globalized economy and to contribute responsibly both locally and globally; and it also explores the possibilities that exist for opening the gateway to global competitiveness for the African child.

Gavin Keller: Growing Brains


If students believe they can’t – they won’t

If children believe they can – they will

What belief system do you have in your school?

“The human brain is hardwired for struggle. It is designed to fail”

If this is true – why are schools designed around achievement, marks and rewards?

Gavin Keller, CEO of the Sun Valley Group of Schools in Cape Town has created a learning space where students are taught GRIT. In his presentation, Gavin will show how high performing schools have to become Failure Academies. When students learn to fail forward – they learn how important PASSION and PERSEVERANCE is in order to achieve long term goals. And in this process they GROW neural pathways.

This session will be a hands-on, practical, interactive session, where delegates will leave inspired, revitalized and challenged to change their schools into learning spaces where brains GROW. Join me and explore what neuroscience is teaching us about how the human brain learns.

Dr Melodie de Jager: Removing Barriers to Learning

Too often LEARNING follows a dry as dust ACADEMIC approach that views learning as something formal and far removed from everyday life. It has to do with books/ipds, and divides subjects and concepts into compartments, which leaves most children feeling rather bewildered, helpless and ill-prepared for the real world out there.

If learning is not RELEVANT and FUN, it’s not learning – it’s punishment.

LEARNING is a vibrant living thing that brings about wholeness and interdependence when children (and us) learn directly form life. If they first experience, then write, then read what they have written, barriers to learning tend to shrink, and self-esteems tend to expand.

Come, leap with me over barriers to learning with a novel, hands-on, neuroscience-based approach to learning!

Ari Pokka: How to be a Top Class Principal

Leading a school is a profession on its own. What makes a good Principal? Is it a question of being re-skilled or the syndrome of a ‘natural-born’ leader? Principals need charisma, like the great German sociologist, Max Weber, described one of the characteristics of great leaders. Is being a principal doing the same work as a teacher, but with wider responsibilities or are there some moral and practical things that distinguish the principal from teachers?

In my book Top Class I have tried to describe Finnish School Leadership. I can strongly advertise that school leadership style based on a school culture and a climate of education policy. It requires a strong commitment, autonomy, readiness to share and moral instinct. It requires courage and a long lasting belief that our way is the right one.
The school leader is the ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs’ in their schools, simultaneously inside and outside of the school. He or she opens the doors for new ideas to come inside and lets his or her students and teachers find miracles outside the school.

Principals always work in many fields. What kind of training does a principal need and who are these trainers, the ones I call a principal’s best friends?

Minnette Dempsey: Engaged Principals aare Healthy Principals.

Whatever you give your life to, you are always making sacrifices. Whether you are giving up an hour, or a day or a lifetime – you are spending your life. So it better be worthwhile!

  • Are you engaged? The importance of awareness and acknowledgement.
  • 8 life engagements.
  • Healthy life engagement – How can I improve?

Dr Muavia Gallie: School Improvement to School Turnaround

Implementers of the ’school turnaround methodology’ believe that all learners can and should be successful in all our schools.

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