by Francois Gerber

Ten Junior Commissioners selected to asses the future of education

Global inititive on education

Student represents Africa in the UK and USA
Kamogelo Matjila receives valuable opportunity

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre learner invited to take part in the International Gateway for Global and Gifted Youth (IGGY) Junior Commission.

Kamogelo Matjila, a Grade 10 learner at Marlboro Gardens High School near Alexandra, has been invited to the UK and USA to take part in the International Gateway for Global and Gifted Youth (IGGY) Junior Commission in a yearlong global project. “This will be a life changing opportunity for Kamogelo” says Mrs Louise Lochee-Bayne of the University of Warwick.

This year’s ten Junior Commissioners where selected via an International Competition where the quality of entries was extremely high with entries received from dozens of countries. The rest of the team consists of members from Australia, Canada, France, Pakistan, Singapore, the Netherlands and the UK.  Kamogelo is the sole representative from Africa.  “The application process was very competitive and Kamogelo did incredibly well to secure her place on the team” according to Dr Adam Boddison, Academic Principal, IGGY.

IGGY, in partnership with Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and the University of Warwick, is funding Kamogelo to take part in this project and she will visit the UK and USA as a Junior Commissioner.  As part of her role she will visit local schools, interview experts in the areas of technology and education, meet with academics, NGO’s commerce and industry and public officials and agencies.

The topic for this year’s Junior Commissioners is ‘Education and the Internet’ and Junior Commissioners are undertaking a collaborative research exercise examining the expansion and improvement of technology and how this will affect the future of education on a global scale.

Kamogelo is one of the learners attending the Abaholi Saturday School Programme, a tuition enrichment programme funded by the Sasol Inzalo Foundation and run by Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

“We are extremely proud of Kamogelo and honoured to have been able to provide her with additional support through one of our programmes” says David Kramer, CEO of Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

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