Finalists for African EduWeek Awards announced

The finalists in the inaugural African EduWeek Awards have been announced, showcasing the most innovative and life-changing projects, organisations, companies, teachers and education professionals who have been responsible for pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, for inspiring others and for achieving growth in education in Africa.

The African EduWeek Awards categories vary from supplier of the year in basic and high education to Community and NGO of the Year and the winners will be announced on Wednesday evening, 1 July at Gallagher Convention Centre in Johannesburg. The winners in the Stars in Education Teachers Awards and Future Stars Awards, organised by Argo, will also be honoured during this evening.


Broadcast stalwart and founder Gareth Cliff will host the awards ceremony which forms part of the ninth annual SABC Education African EduWeek, which is expected to gather more than 3500 teaching professionals and more than 120 local and international exhibitors at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 1-2 July.

Proud to be associated with African EduWeek

Global education and publishing giant Pearson is the leading sponsor for the awards. “We are very proud to be associated with African Eduweek in order to honour our teachers”, says Riaan Jonck, CEO of Pearson Education.

He adds: “Pearson has trained over 80 000 teachers in South Africa to date, and continues this professional development ethos through the established Teacher and Lecturer Academies. These academies were established in 2014 to deal with the challenges faced by the educators. The focus is on equipping educators with practical knowledge and skills with the aim of helping learners to flourish.”

The finalists in the African EduWeek Awards are:

Supplier of the Year 2015, Basic Education:

– Edit Microsystems

– Margie Ogilvy Promotions

– One on One Community Based Programmes

– Palanga Publishing

– Think Ahead

Supplier of the Year 2015, Higher Education:


– GetSmarter

– TSiBA Education NPC

– Via Afrika

Supplier of the Year 2015, Early Childhood Development:

– Clamber Club

– Prima Interactive

– MIB Technology

– Tools for School

Supplier of the Year 2015, Special Needs:

– Edit Microsystems

– MIB Technology

– Sensory Solutions

– X-Stream Balance

Supplier of the Year 2015, ICT:

– Edit Microsystems

– GetSmarter

– Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

– Think Ahead

Supplier of the Year 2015, Innovation Product Award:

– Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy

– Snapplify

– The Reach Trust with the Department of Basic Education and UNICEF

– Vastratech  (Smart Amp)

– Vastratech  (Smart IFP)

Environment Award 2015:

– Collect-a-Can

– Pick n Pay School Club

– Samsung’s Solar Powered Internet Schools

– St Stithians College

Community Award 2015:

– CAD4ALL Architectural & Draughting College

– iSchool Press Team Programme

– Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

– SpellAfrica Initiative

NGO of the Year 2015:

– Kagiso Shanduka Trust

– Knysna Education Trust

– Siyafunda Community Technology Centre

– TSiBA Education NPC

Stars in Education finalists, in association with Argo:

• Kritisha Rajcoomar, HOD, Woodview Primary School, KwaZulu-Natal

• Lesiba Kwenaite, Teacher, Pirwana Secondary School, Limpopo

• Selloane Mphafudi, Laerskool Westerlig, Gauteng

Future Stars Awards finalists, in association with Argo:

• Karabo Maloka, Student, University of Pretoria

• Mapule Mofokeng, Student, CTI Randburg Campus

• Montsheng Tryphosa Makhalemele, Student, TUT

The esteemed panel that chose the finalists and winners from 130 entries comprises leading experts in the education sector, including teachers, NGOs, suppliers and consultants, including:

Ariellah Rosenburg, CEO, ORT

Marius Ehrenreich, President of South African Principals’ Association / Groote Schuur High School

·         Graham Brown-Martin, Founder, Learning Without Frontiers – African EduWeek – E-Tech Africa keynote speaker

·         Sharon Rowe, Principal, Foot Prints Special Needs School

·         Jaye Richards Hill, Managing Director, Tablet Academy Africa

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