I have taught in schools, a teachers’ training college and in universities. I have written a number of books on education; and have been involved in quality assurance debates in the country. I completed six years as National Director of the Catholic Institute of Education, and worked at Umalusi as the Chief Operating Officer, I also served on a Ministerial Committee that looked at schools that work well in township and rural areas.
I believe that schools must be happy places where children are engaged and challenged to think. I am inspired by Hannah Arendt who said: “Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from that ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world”.
Dr Mark Potterton