The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Naledi Pandor is hosting the 6th BRICS Education Minister’s Meeting today at the Westin Hotel in Cape Town. Annually, the country that assumes the BRICS chairship, hosts the BRICS Education Ministers meeting. The meeting was held by China last year, under the theme “Promoting Excellence and Equality”.
Pandor kickstarted the meeting by delivering the welcome speech, addressing all the Ministers and delegates in attendance from across the BRICS countries and thanking the team that was involved in the organizing of the event. In her welcome address, Minister Naledi Pandor asked the delegates the question: “How do we prepare [the youth] for meaningful participation in a world that we did not grow up in?” she asked. She further highlighted why questions of this nature need to be discussed in the meeting today. The welcome note was followed by an opening address by each of the Ministers from the BRICS countries. Ministers present at the meeting have highlighted that the biggest achievement of the BRICS Education engagement has been the establishment of the BRICS Network University.
Dr. Sarah Mosoetsa from the 2018 BRICS Academic Forum also took to the stage. “While BRICS has come a long way, more needs to be done to move beyond just talk”. The Academic Forum made twenty recommendations that they have arranged under six themes for the consideration of the ministers of the BRICS partnership.
Ministers of the BRICS countries gave their concluding remarks by thanking all those involved in organising the BRICS Ministers Meeting and then sharing their hopes for further cooperation and development within the BRICS initiative.
By Ntsikelelo Kuse