Education festival offers insights

2019-04-16 06:00
The festival of learning.

The festival of learning.

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The South African College of Applied Psychology (Sacap) will be hosting their festival of learning under the theme of Education for Social Change on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May at their campus in Claremont.

A celebration of ongoing adult education, the eighth annual Festival of Learning offers an intimate space for festival-goers and presenters to engage in authentic conversations and meaningful dialogues during one-hour interactive sessions and 15 minutes short, sharp talks.

An inspiring programme, bringing together a spectrum of researchers, academics and experts; thought leaders, practitioners and authors to showcase a broad range of leading-edge ideas, stories and initiatives; models, projects, and programmes that are empowering individuals, families, schools, organisations and communities, to ignite social change. For the first time, and an exciting addition to the festival, selected presentations at the Festival of Learning will be accredited with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.

“This year, we are taking a broad and inclusive view of education for social change,” says managing director of Sacap, Zerina Royeppen.

“Social change starts with an education that empowers the individual. The 2019 presentations will include raising awareness and consciousness; learning that impacts on individual behavioural change, strengthens families and inspires community action; as well as the accounts of ground-breaking educational initiatives in formal settings,” adds Royeppen.

The critical role that leadership plays on making social change happen will be explored from various perspectives ranging from personal development to gender issues; and also, from school to organisational environments. Mindfulness, conversational intelligence and latest sciences such as epigenetics and psychoneuroimmunology all feature on this year’s Festival of Learning programme as avenues that can lead to valuable transformations from the individual to societal levels.

“In essence, the two-day festival is in itself, an education for social change event. It’s not just the theme, it’s also the impact,” remarks Royeppen. “For students and professionals; those in the formal education sector; those working for organisational change or in the coaching and adult learning spaces, there’s a substantial offering of insights, information and inspirations that they won’t find in any other one place, at any one time.”

Last year, the festival successfully introduced The Human Library to festivalgoers, and in this year a new selection of ‘human books’ will be presented in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This innovative concept involves volunteers who face real-life prejudice, stereotyping and stigma; or who have endured life-changing experiences that are hard to talk about. They courageously reveal their stories in a safe and interactive library space. As the ‘readers’ of their challenging narratives, the audience is encouraged to pose difficult questions and commentary so that authentic dialogues are unlocked about “the titles”, which may include racial, religious, gender or sexual discrimination; as well as the impacts of mental and physical health issues.

Tickets for the Festival of Learning are available through Webtickets.

Tickets are R250 for the full-day programme, and R200 for the short-talk evening programme. There is a special offer for students at R80 per ticket.V For further information please visit:


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