Conference Overview

About the Conference

Now in its tenth year, Education that Pays for Itself 2016 will take place from 30th November – 2nd December at LIV Village in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.The conference will bring together up to 300 delegates – including educators, development practitioners, academics, business people, international institutions, and donors – in the tenth international event dedicated to the rapidly-advancing field of financially sustainable education.

Extreme poverty remains a huge challenge at international level and one that traditional education often struggles to solve. Another pressing challenge in the context of global education is solving the youth unemployment crisis, with 75 million people aged 16 to 24 currently unemployed. Therefore, it is more important than ever that they leave school not just with good grades, but armed with skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will help them succeed.

Establishing school businesses provides a real-life learning environment where young people can develop these capacities. Moreover, in trying to make their enterprises profitable, schools not only benefit from the additional income, but also from the culture of hard work and constant improvement that success requires – the very same values young people will need in their own futures.

What are the benefits of the conference?

-Network with fellow participants and establish new collaborative relationships

-Learn from leading practitioners whose pioneering schools provide inspirational case studies for how Education That Pays For Itself can transform traditional education. They will:

-Showcase their work, inspiring others with their experiences, and contributing to the development of new approaches

-Share their challenges, find solutions, and develop future plans at specially designed consultancy clinics.


Who should attend the conference?

Anyone who is interested in how entrepreneurship can be used to improve the quality and availability of education is welcome to attend. We especially encourage attendance by:

  • Principals, heads and leaders of educational institutions of all levels and sectors
  • Non-government organizations and associations working in education
  • Multi-lateral and national development agencies
  • International, national and state education system policy-makers
  • Business and industry employer and training organizations
  • Foundations, philanthropists and social investors with an interest in education
  • Teachers, educators and trainers
  • Academics and researchers in education
  • Community and indigenous organizations, both formal and non-formal
  • Young people

Find out how it can work, why it works, and how you can bring these ideas and lessons learnt into your own work.

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