The Future Stars Awards is back, inspiring more young people to reach for their dreams!

The future lies in the hands of the youth. The brilliant young minds who take charge today will be the pioneers of a brighter and better tomorrow. Sadly, of the 1.2 million children who start school every year, only 5% will complete a university degree. That’s why Argo is working together with TSB Sugar, Mindset Learn TV & MetroFM to inspire talented young minds to become future stars.

Click here to read about previous winners’ testimonials and success stories.

As a multi-media communications company, Argo is passionate about supporting achievers and bringing lasting change through education and youth media. Argo has launched many education-focused magazines and handbooks. Living up to their brand values, Argo aims to inform, involve and inspire more than 1-million top achieving pupils, students and the teachers who influence them.

The Future Stars Awards is Argo’s latest initiative targeted at aspirational youth under the age of 21, to motivate them to believe in themselves and in educations power to help them achieve their dreams. With the massive 6 year success of the Stars in Education Awards, through which Argo recognises the most inspirational and dedicated teachers in the country, Argo decided to launch a campaign targeting aspirational youth. Motivated teachers can only really make a difference when they deal with pupils who are inspired to learn.

Having someone who believes in you is a powerful motivator that gives you the support you need to realise your full potential.

Sadly, so many of our young South Africans don’t have a powerful support system to keep them working hard to build a better future, when sometimes it’s easier to give up. That’s why the Future Stars Awards is recognising the future stars out there – those learners willing to stand in long queue’s, walking in the blistering sun to school in the hope of a tertiary education.

By recognising their desire for a brighter future and believing in them, the Future Stars Awards is inspiring these learners to believe in themselves and how the power of education can help them reach their dreams.

How to enter the Future Stars Awards?

Enter the Future Stars Awards competition now by simply clicking here and stand a chance to win your share of R300 000 worth of prizes! Don’t forget to get your friends to VOTE for you to increase your chance of winning! Online entries are open from 10 March 2014 – 30 April 2014. To view the 2013 winner, click here.

The Future Stars Awards is hosted on which is a comprehensive online database of South Africa’s undergraduate courses. The website offers current and prospective students life skills, financial advice, institution information, course and bursary opportunities they need to make wise career decisions. Extensive information and encouragement to get involved in student life and inspiration to succeed is now just one click away.

 Twitter: @FutureStarsSA

Join in on the conversation: #DreamItBelieveItDoIt



This year the SA Basic Education Conference is taking place from 31 MARCH - 01 APRIL 2014 at Emperors Palace.

University academics, Teachers, Schools, Parents, Academics, Govt, Corporates, NGOs , SA principals plus some DOE, Corporate sponsors, leading mathematics teachers, technology developers, national and international researchers, and government advisers,  information professionals, Colleges, Faculties and support structures variously involved with teaching and learning in post-grad. The conference is for any professional and non-professional in the field of teacher education, particularly through ODL. Researchers, postgraduate students and representatives from government Education Departments.

Workers in the field of care, education and support, academics and professionals working with orphans and vulnerable children, human rights lawyers and community workers, regulators and politicians, members of civil society and leaders of industry who are interested in making a difference. Higher education institutions,Government Departments, Non-governmental organizations and Senior students engaged in masters and doctoral studies in higher education
institutions. All educators of Natural Sciences, Life Sciences, Agriculture, Earth Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.

For more information on this conference, visit:

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Education World Forum to start in London

More than 80 International Education Ministers will gather in London next week for the UK-led Education World Forum. The forum, which runs from 19-22 January 2014, is the internationally recognised ministerial forum for sharing and debating policy developments in education, and the 2014 event brings together ministers representing the majority of the world’s population.


The event will be an opportunity for ministers to discuss the recent OECD’s PISA league table, launched by Andreas Schleicher last month. Leading international education stakeholders will speak at the Forum, which will be opened by the Rt Hon Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education, and HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO Special Envoy on "Literacy for Development" on Monday 20 January 2014.


Other key-note speakers will include, HE Paulo Sacadura Cabral Portas, Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal, Andreas Schleicher, Deputy Director for Education and Skills and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Organisation for Economic Coorperation and Development’s (OECD) Secretary-General will reflect on the linkages between economy and education from national and commercial perspectives. On Tuesday, Dr Elizabeth King, Vice President for Human Resource Development and Director of Education at the World Bank, will set out the Bank’s future education plans. In total than 60 leading international education experts will take part in presentations discussions and debates during the course of the three-day forum.

Highlighting the importance of the Education World Forum at last year’s event, Education Secretary, Michael Gove, said; “This Forum demonstrates our shared belief that we can educate our children to ever higher standards and achieve the levels of fairness and social mobility that have long eluded us.”


The Forum is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the British Council and the EWF industry partners. It is hosted by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and its strong organising team. It will bring together Ministers and delegates from more than 80 countries. The forum is supported by industry partners including HP, Intel, JP Sa Couto Microsoft, Pearson, Promethean as well as AirWatch, Cambridge International Education, Encyclopeadia Britannica, Lego, Macat and Oxford University Press.

The event runs from 19 to 22 January 2014, and overlaps with Bett, the world’s leading showcase of learning technologies, on its final day. For more information, please visit


Event Programme:

Monday 20 January 2014

09.00 Deep Learning Project Launch and discussion
10.00  Education Fast Forward “Emerging Leader debate”

Live Tele-presence based debate with contributions from EWF participants and emerging leaders joining the debate from around the world “To school or not to school”

-Vicky Colbert (CEO Escuela Nueva)
Ramji Raghavan (CEO Agastya International Foundation)

11.00 English Education System presentations

Presentation of current English Education Policy (school, college and university)

 Andy Hurdle, Deputy Director Behaviour, Attendance and Disadvantage Division, Education Standards Group, Department for Education, England

  • Helen Miller, (FE) Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  • Griff Jones, (HE), Department for Business Innovation and Skills
  • Chair: David Aaronovitch

13.15  Official Opening of the Education World Forum 2014

Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, England

  • HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands
  • Dominic Savage, Director/
  • Gavin Dykes, Programme Director, Education World Forum

14.00  Keynote debate: Measurement, reach and enterprise

In this opening keynote session, the panel will reflect on the EWF2014 theme. Speakers will link education to economy and enterprise; will consider what OECD data is revealing, and education system and policy responses; provide insight into the growing potential of data’s impact on learning; reflect on measurement, reach and enterprise from national perspectives and likely post 2015 changes; and reflect industry’s response to anticipated change and associated challenges.


  • Minister (European)
  • Andreas Schleicher, Special Advisor on Education Advisor to the OECD’s Secretary General
  • Minister (European)
  • Jim Marshall, CEO Promethean
  • Chair: David Aaronovitc

16.00  Keynote debate: Driving improvement in education and learning

Speakers will consider the impact of anticipated changes at system level and how to drive improvement in learning and education. Speakers will reflect on national system level transformation, and development of methods of measuring and applying efficacy to the direction, management and practice of education; they will focus on the challenges of developing new strategies for leading learning and change, with associated examples of actions; they will provide industry perspectives on providing services and solutions associated with deep change. Keynotes:

  • Minister (African)
  • Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson
  • Professor Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
  • Anthony Salcito Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector Education. Microsoft
  • Chair: David Aaronovitch

17.30  Close

The world is your oyster says Top educationalist about latest Matric Results

Independent Institute of Education

The increased pass rate of 78,2% (compared to 73.9% last year) and the fact that 30.6% of the current matriculants obtained bachelor’s passes which qualify them for a university place, will put increasing pressure for admission to tertiary education institutes.

But for those who might not be accepted at the tertiary institution of their first choice, all is not lost. Dr Felicity Coughlan, Director of the Independent Institute of Education (IIE) says even though it may feel like it’s too late for tears or cheers, there are always exciting and viable learning opportunities still available.

“The matric results are usually a double-edged sword. Some who might have been expecting the worst could well have been pleasantly surprised and might now find they may have set their sights too low and be confused about their options.

“And there are those who expected the best and did far worse than they should have. For both those who did better or worse than expected, now is the time to investigate options that they may not have thought of before. 

“Many of the public institutions are not accepting late applications. But many registered and accredited private higher education institutions are still open for applications including all of those that are part of The Independent Institute of Education (”

Dr Coughlan says there is also still time to investigate higher education study opportunities that learners might have neglected to look at while focusing on their examination preparation. “Many would-be students might not be aware of the broad reach of opportunities offered by private tertiary institutions. One of the routes, for example that of a Higher Certificate, offers new opportunities which might best suit some learners.

The certification route is not only increasingly accepted as a route into degree study the following year, but can be used as a means to an end or as a way to provide learners with strong work-related skills and a stronger academic foundation in a specific field of study.

Diploma study is a very viable option particularly for those that are clear about the vocational field they wish to pursue – many exciting fields such as Public Relations or Marketing or Design are best taught through Diplomas as these qualifications offer more practical training than usually found within a degree.”

She said it was critical that students did their homework thoroughly now – checking on the accreditation and registration of the institutions and the qualifications as well as on any professional endorsements associated with the qualifications. She warned that if this information was difficult to get from an institution, caution is recommended.

“There are several high quality options available and reputable institutions should be able to share their registration, accreditation and endorsement information without any hesitation.”

Article issued by the Independent Institute of Education

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