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Building a better society through education

| September 11, 2010

The Foundation for Professional Development’s (FPD) vision is to build a better society through education and development, and the best place to start is with the foundation of society – our teachers – developing their ability to manage classrooms and inspiring them with the latest international teaching methodologies.

However, professional development programmes are not always feasible for teachers given their busy, demanding days in the classroom and the negative impact on learners’ performance if they take time off from school.

FPD, an accredited private higher education institute in South Africa, has recently partnered with Hibernia College in Ireland, the largest online teacher development institution in Europe, to provide a solution for teachers. From 1 August 2010, FPD will offer online, flexible professional development courses for teachers that can be accessed from the comfort of their homes.

Variety of courses

Each short course consists of 20 hours of online contact time facilitated by an expert in the subject area, and can be completed within a three-month period. At R900 per course, prices are reasonable for the local market. Courses range from the latest in Maths and English teaching methodologies for primary schools to practical applications of Information Communications Technologies (ICT) in the classroom, such as interactive whiteboards. Special needs education techniques, early childhood education
approaches and the prevention of bullying in classrooms are further examples of some of the short courses on offer.

FPD specialises in management, clinical and education professional development programmes, having trained over 100 000 professionals to date across 15 countries
in Africa. FPD CEO, Dr Gustaaf Wolvaardt, sees the FPD partnership with Hibernia College as a great asset for South African teachers. “Combining FPD’s practical learning approach with Hibernia’s teacher development expertise will offer the South African education sector a compelling professional development opportunity.”

“Sign me up”

David Wylde, ex-Head of St Stithians and currently heading the Principals programme for Penreach College, believes that Ireland’s primary school teachers are some of the best in the world and hopes that these short courses will bring some of the UK best practices to our country. When asked what he thought of the FPD/Hibernia course
offering, he quipped: “Sign me up.”

Who we are

The FPD was established in October 1997 and commenced its first course in 1998. FPD is currently one of the largest self-funding private higher educational providers in Africa. FPD’s practical, valuedriven and facilitated class approach to professional development is well suited to the development of educators and school managers. To date, FPD has provided professional development and managementtraining to over 100 000 public sector managers since 1998, training 20 000 people annually, and has a unique partnership with Yale University and Manchester Business School in the development of cutting edge management training materials for their public health management programmes. FPD’s vision is to improve society through education and development.

Our partner

Hibernia College is Ireland’s largest provider of newly qualified teachers in the primary sector and has won both silver and bronze in the 2009 and 2008 E-learning Age
Awards in the UK. Hibernia College is an international, third level, online college offering accredited, niche-focused educational programmes designed to address the
growing demand for flexible, cost-effective, lifelong learning, which is not restricted by location or time. See for further information.

To find out more information or register for the FPD/Hibernia short courses, visit FPD’s website at For further information, please
contact Joanne Brink at Tel: 012 816 9000.


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