AGM Keynote address: Early Literacy, poverty and social inequality

We were excited to have Brian Ramadiro, Deputy Director of the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development, give the keynote address at ITEC’s Annual General Meeting in September.

Brian’s powerful talk resonated with everyone in the room.  He spoke of the enduring link between early literacy, poverty, and social inequality in modern South Africa.  Brian sketched out some of the almost intractable systemic challenges that hinder young learners, and called on us all to strengthen our resolve, and become more imaginative in our proposed solutions to the issues.  His talk is available for download here.

Despite the gravity of Brian’s talk, we remembered the child in all of us. Each group of people built a LEGO model of Brian’s key points.  The picture gallery below shows some of the scenes from a memorable AGM.