Jonathan Jansen back in Uitenhage

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By Melanie Burke

Dear Jonathan Jansen, I see that you will be speaking at an event in my home town (Uitenhage). My life was changed through an educational opportunity offered by VW and of course you know that I am deeply involved with the Partners for Possibility Leadership and Principal Support Programme. We are soon going to be working in schools in that area and would love to find ways to partner with initiatives already happening in that area. 

Please let me know if we can progress this conversation in a useful manner. Here is a 15 minute recording from an interview earlier this week on CapeTalk.

Community Fundraising event: Dinner with Prof Jonathan Jansen

  • When: Tuesday, 22 March 2016
  • Time: 19h00
  • Admission: R2000 per corporate table/R170 per person  

Jonathan Jansen inspires Uitenhage before Matric final exams

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Prof. Jonathan Jansen

Via Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos Prof Jonathan Jansen @ Uitenhage High
school Thursday, speaking to Matriculants in Uitenhage. Time: 11h40.
Please make sure you are early and do not miss this opportunity. This is
the man who brought Oprah Winfrey to Bloemfontein. We both spoke at the
Teenage Equilibrium Conference at St Stithians College in 2011.


Well known author, columnist and vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof. Jonathan Jansen will be visiting Uitenhage to address and most probably inspire teachers.

Prof. Jansen, as the chief editor, released a book called Great South African Teachers (Bookstorm Publishers) during October 2011.

One of the stories included in this book was written by Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos, currently a lecturer at NMMU.

Coetzee-de Vos submitted a story on the influence of Mr Joe Slingers on her life.

“Mr Slingers has a rich history with Uitenhage. He was appointed principal at Uitenhage High School the same year that I started my standard 6 education there,” said Mrs Ghauderen Coetzee-de Vos.

“He has gone on to play a pivotal role in my life until 2009/2010 when I completed my Masters dissertation in Education with the NMMU. He is currently lecturing part-time in the Education Department of the NMMU.

“The rationale for publishing the book Great South African Teachers is that so many negativities are associated with teachers and teaching, yet there are still some good teachers out there, giving teaching the high regard it deserves. Mr Joe Slingers is such a teacher,” said Coetzee-de Vos.

She invited Prof Jansen to Uitenhage to take him to the school context in which her story happened, but soon realized that limiting the audience of him would be an injustice.

“Therefore, the idea emanated to have a Teachers Day in Uitenhage, with Mr Slingers as special guest and Prof Jansen as the keynote speaker.” said Coetzee-de Vos.

The Uitenhage District Education Department came on board in allowing some teachers to attend this event on Wednesday, 30th November from 09:00 until 11:15 at the Uitenhage Town Hall.

By Heilie Combrinck

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