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The LEAP Schools in South Africa

February 3 @ 13:30 - 17:00


The LEAP Schools in South Africa have developed and apply a self-liberating curriculum supported by innovative instructional practice to address the extreme inequity including COVID-19 cellphone learning.

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Summary of Talk: 

LEAP Science and Maths Schools establishment of the LEAP African Institute is enabling the sharing of key learnings and training and development of educators and facilitators working to transform African education through commitment to consciousness development and activation of growth mindset within the values framework of UBUNTU to empower the development of young African global citizens committed to sustainable development. In COVID-19 times LEAP has developed a cost-effective cell phone educational support system that has enabled the students to make real progress against all trends for underserved communities in which LEAP works.

Marginalised populations (85%) in South Africa have to deal with institutionalized bias in the education system. LEAP challenges the assumptions that this bias defines the life success of children living in broken spaces. The LEAP hypothesis insists that any child can and will succeed if given an opportunity to explore learning in a loving, challenging school in which high expectations are embraced by all members of the school community. Teaching is often compartmentalized and currently the focus on teaching is highly theoretical and somewhat removed for the living contexts and is found to be insufficient to prepare learners for 21st Century living let alone the 4th Industrial Revolution.

“Of all regions, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of education exclusion. According to UIS data, almost 60% of youth between the ages of about 15 and 17 are not in school. Without urgent action, the situation will likely get worse as the region faces a rising demand for education due to a still-growing school-age population.” UNESCO:http://uis.unesco.org/en/topic/education-africa

About the Speaker:

John Gilmour, has researched, piloted and scaled the LEAP holistic educational development programme for economically marginalized African children living in townships and rural spaces in South Africa. John has worked on integrating the neglected skills of social and emotional learning (SEL) to pivot the general South African pedagogy for STEM secondary cognitive learning curriculum. LEAP learning method , (youth performed substantially better than public or private schools in national testing)  focuses for over 17 years on self-liberation reflected in the legacies of Steve Biko and Nelson Mandela. His present focus includes piloting the Leap methodology into numerous Sub-Saharan national educational systems through a LEAP Teachers Institute and pilot projects. Their active learning projects include carbon sequestration through endemic forest restoration and water monitoring for townships’ citizens’ health programs.

 John has co-founded a number of other organizations improving for African children living in resource-poor communities the educational outcomes through collaboration, networking, and peer-learning: 1.) Bridge co-founded with Dr. Mamphela Ramphele linking and replicating educational innovation; 2.)The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition co-founder, a collection of intervention-based independent, public schools, and other organizations transforming the lives of socio-economically vulnerable children; 3.) Executive Director and founder of the Global Teachers Institute.

John is a COVID-19 adviser to the South African Education Department with particular focus on Schools of the Future. John is also an Ashoka fellow, a member of the international BMW responsible leaders’ fellowship.

Sponsor:  Honorary CACOR member

For 1 year and 3 months since the Capetown meeting of Club of Rome, I have been working with Mamphela Ramphele , the patron of Leap schools and John Gilmour, CEO and Director.  It is an amazing experiment in education of the economically disadvantaged , which my late husband Andrew Oerke called the “Poorest of the Poor” as he worked in 38 nations  working forward on  Africa for micro-finance.
Anitra Thorhaug, Ph.D. Co-President USACOR, full member COR, President Greater Caribbean Energy and Environment Foundation, Yale University School of Forestry.


Topic: CACOR ZOOM John Gilmour “The LEAP Schools in South Africa”
Time: Feb 3, 2021 13:30 Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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February 3
13:30 - 17:00
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