Education News

Faculty of Education hosts literature week

Oldrin Masowa

Storytelling is regarded as a form of information sharing and at the Faculty of Education they believe that great stories happen to those that can share them. The Faculty hosted  a three day literature workshop on the Potchefstroom…

Inaugural lecture examines literary-linguistic-cultural representations

By Phenyo Mokgothu and Ontiretse Motingwa

Prof Muchativugwa Liberty Hove presented his inaugural lecture on the evening of 30 September 2022 to a hall filled with luminaries, friends and family.

He started the lecture with what he considers a timeless poem, A Dream Deferred (…

NWU plays its part in rolling out 6BRICKS® initiative

By Ontiretse Motingwa

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) Educational Psychology subject group, together with the North West Department of Education, recently reached out to Retlametswe Special School in Mahikeng to empower teachers to better support their learners.

This project forms part of the…

NWU makes young ones dance

By Ontiretse Motingwa

Young learners from Stadt Primary will soon be singing and dancing to the music coming from boombox speakers the North-West University (NWU) has donated.

The NWU always strives to improve the teaching and learning environment for learners. In line with this commitment, staff members…

Prof Golightly on problem-based learning to foster self-directed learning in Geography education

During his inaugural lecture, Prof Aubrey Golightly discussed the influence of problem-based learning (PBL) on students’ self-directed learning (SDL) skills, and looked at PBL as a means to foster SDL in Geography education. SDL is a process during which individuals take ownership of their own…

NWU academic elected as representative of Women in Higher Education Management

Prof Shan Simmonds, North-West University (NWU) academic in the research unit Education and Human Rights in Diversity (Edu-HRight), has been elected as the South African representative of Women in Higher Education Management (WHEM).

The WHEM network is an international feminist research consortium. It analyses challenges for women in…

Prof Ramorola, aiming to optimise technology use in classrooms

As an expert in computer-integrated education and digital learning, Prof Mmankoko Ziphorah Ramorola firmly believes that, since learners in the 21st century are technology-savvy, they absolutely cannot be taught in the same way as learners before them. Whereas the children of today are – so to speak – born with digital competence, the same…

NWU education linguist looks at reading literacy crisis in SA

The Covid-19 pandemic has once again highlighted the reading literacy crisis in South Africa. The inaugural 2030 Reading Panel calls for “fundamental reforms” to ensure that all children read for meaning by 2030 at the age 10. Currently, 78% of children cannot read for meaning. Due to rotational timetables and school closures in 2020 and 2021,…

NWU collaborates internationally to explore possibility of integrating community-engaged learning 

Prof Lesley Wood, director of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Community-based Educational Research (COMBER) focus area, was recently invited by Dr

Maura Adshead from the Limerick University (UL) in Ireland to collaborate in exploring the possibility of integrating more community-engaged learning into higher education curricula.…

What needs to be done to ensure ECD coding and robotics curriculum succeeds

An early childhood education specialist at the North-West University (NWU) has welcomed the recently published, first-ever draft curriculum for teaching coding and robotics from Grades R to 3. However, she emphasises that some hard work lies ahead if the proposed curriculum is to succeed.

The Department of Basic Education published the…