For immediate release: 01/04/2020

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship hosts “Educating in Interesting Times” Webinar series in response to disruption to education in South Africa due to Covid-19. Discuss pressing challenges and resilience strategies in basic educa tion around the current covid 19 outbreak outbreak.

Johannesburg, South Africa – South Africa has recently joined a growing international list of 107 countries who have implemented national school closures. Schools are scheduled to reopen mid-April, but this is looking increasingly unlikely and school leaders around the country are faced with an unprecedented situation of educating in uncertain times.

In response to the current disruption in the education program, The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship has gathered top local and international leaders in education and will be unpacking how best to respond to the recent, unforeseen changes through the “Educating in Interesting Times” Webinar series.

The webinar series will explore the following:
• What low-tech and no-tech strategies can be deployed to effectively support learning through this period? –
through an exploration of existing and potential solutions that can be deployed quickly, easily and broadly to low-resource areas.
• Identify opportunities of maximising high-tech solutions and strategies
for schools and institutions that are tech ready or can deploy technological solutions quickly.
• Develop resilience strategies –
what are the systemic changes that can be implemented to improve the resilience of the education system?
• Looking into the future –
how are future education leaders navigating this current disruption with an eye to creating solutions that will help buffer the education system against such disruptions in future?

The dates and times of the webinar series are as follows:
• Webinar One: “Educating in Interesting Times” Friday 03 April, 10h00-12h00 (GMT+2)
• Webinar Two: “Exploring Low-Tech Opportunities” Thursday, 09 April, 10h00 – 12h00 (GMT+2)
• Webinar 3: “Exploring High Tech Opportunities” Friday 17th April, 10h00 – 12h00 (GMT+2)

Register for the webinar: https://www.jgfellowship.org/webinar-educating-ininteresting-times/

Note to Editors:

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching and education. At the heart of what we do is in nurturing expert teacher who embrace innovation and can lead the kind of change that our educational sector so desperately requires. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best future teachers.


Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is an aspirational fellowship which identifies high potential students who, through financial support, high quality teacher education and professional induction, become expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs who will lead system change to achieve quality education for all learners.


• Jakes Gerwel Fellowship nurtures a pipeline of high impact educators who innovate and lead change.
• Founded in 2017
• Fully funded by Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment
• Chairman of the Board is Professor Jonathan Jansen
• Current cohort of 70 students at UCT and UP
• Focus on high school teachers.
• Candidate Fellows pursue an undergraduate degree followed by a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
• Offering over 60 full scholarships in 2020
• Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship applications for Gr 12 and 1st Year students
• New Graduate Teaching Fellowship stream launching on 8th April 2020 and is open to graduates who are under 30 years of age and are accepted into the PGCE stream at UP, UCT, WITS or UJ in 2021
• Teachers and members of the general public can nominate aspirant teachers at http://apply.jgfellowship.org/nominations

For further Information & Inquiries:
For more information visit: www.jgfellowship.org
Media Contact : Sihle Magubane, Email : communications@jgfellowship.org
Phone: 079 943 9545