Exploring the Dimensions of Education

The Education 3D Conference offered insight and inspiration for educators on their journeys to transform South African education.

On May 7 this year, King David Schools, in collaboration with Investec, hosted Education 3D, a conference that brought together independent school educators and partner community schools to delve into multi-dimensional aspects of education. With a focus on academic, social and emotional wellness, technological innovation in education, and other crucial components, the conference aimed to educate, inspire and appreciate teachers within our schools and the broader community.

A holistic approach to education

Education 3D took an holistic approach to education – highlighting the importance of critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration and a love for lifelong learning – to equip educators and therapists with the tools and insights to navigate an evolving educational landscape. The conference boasted an exceptional line- up of speakers, who captivated the audience with their expertise and passion for education.

Professor Thuli Madonsela, kicked off the event with an uplifting opening address that set the tone for the day. This was followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion, entitled The Education Revolution: The Path to Progressive Learning.

Moderated by journalist and author, Mandy Weiner, the panel featured Colin Northmore, Michele Botha, Robyn Mowatt, and Taddy Blecher, all at the cutting edge of progressive education and assessment. They shared their insights on transforming education, and exploring innovative approaches to enhance the learning experience.

A chance to breakaway

After the panel discussion, participants had the opportunity to attend a variety of breakaway sessions, including one by Naomi Holdt, who delved into The Myth of Trauma, shedding light on effective strategies to address this pressing issue.

Daniella Renzon, meanwhile focused on teaching in turbulent times and equipping educators with tools to navigate the classroom, while Dean McCoubrey explored the realities of life online in 2023, and provided valuable insights into the digital world.

Attendees were treated to a breakfast spread as the atmosphere buzzed with lively conversations and networking opportunities, fostering a sense of camaraderie among educators from various backgrounds.

The importance of educator wellness

The conference resumed with a panel discussion entitled The Social Emotional Crisis: A Call to Teachers to Hold South Africa’s Youth. Facilitated by Weiner, the panel featured Holdt and Paul Bushell, who emphasised the vital role of teachers in supporting students’ emotional well-being whilst preserving their own.

Their insights resonated deeply with the audience, encouraging them to prioritise the social and emotional development of their students, whilst recognising the importance of prioritising educator wellness.

Education 3D and the profound impact of teachers

The profound impact of teachers

The conference reached its crescendo with an impactful closing speech by Darren August, entitled, A Teacher Changed My Life. August’s personal story and vibrant energy touched the hearts of everyone in attendance, underscoring the profound impact teachers have on shaping lives.

The Education 3D conference was a resounding success, attracting over 500 educators and therapists. It left participants feeling inspired, motivated, and armed with new perspectives to drive positive change in education in South Africa. As the participants departed, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose and a burning passion to make a difference.

The conference undoubtedly sparked a transformative journey, one that will hopefully continue to impact the lives of students and shape the future of education in our country.