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Public schooling in a post-COVID South Africa: Implications for school leadership
There is currently a growing body of scholarship both nationally and internationally on schooling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The scholarship engages with a diversity of issues, including socio-emotional care of learners and staff, online pedagogies, social justice issues, managing of schools and school-community partnerships. The aim of this webinar is to move beyond the present in terms of the pandemic and seeks to look ahead at what public schools and schooling would look like post the pandemic. Specifically, it strives to make visible the implications post-pandemic schooling has for the different strata of school leadership.

Arundhati Roy (2020), drawing from history, proclaims that pandemics are an opportunity for “humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew”. Thus, post-pandemic, we should not seek to retreat to a pre-pandemic world. We should see the pandemic as “a portal … between one world and the next”. If we are to see the pandemic as a gateway for change and a conduit to reimagine schools and schooling, what should public schooling look like in South Africa post the pandemic? What are the implications of this re-envisioned schools and schooling for the different tiers of school leadership? To address these issues and more, we draw on the expertise of academics, practitioners, researchers and unionists.

Aug 25, 2021 04:00 PM in Harare, Pretoria

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