Forthcoming SA Basic Education Conference to foster greater collaboration

15 January 2014 | Opinion

Registration is now open, and a call has been made for abstract submissions, for the forthcoming 2nd South African Basic Education Conference (SABEC).

SABEC – a platform for dialogue between researchers and education practitioners – takes place at Emperors Palace, Gauteng, on 31 March and 1 April 2014.

The previous SABEC, which took place in Durban in 2012, attracted more than 650 delegates, and more than 340 papers were submitted.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Improving education through stakeholder collaboration”. There will be six focus areas:

  • Professionalising the teaching service
  • Strengthening school leadership
  • Improving government capacity to deliver
  • Delivering resources for schools
  • Increasing community and parent involvement
  • Nurturing learner support and wellbeing

Who should attend SABEC?

  • Principals, educators and school support staff from both the public and private sector
  • Education district officials at all levels
  • Representatives from the National Department of Basic Education and provincial departments
  • Representatives of teacher unions, principal, governing body and youth associations
  • Academics and researchers focusing on the basic education sector
  • Education activists working for NGOs, companies, foundations and development agencies
  • Representatives from the public and private sectors working to support health, wellness and psycho-social needs within the basic education sector
  • Other social sector representatives from government, civil society and business

The closing date for abstract submission is 7 February 2014. The papers presented at the conference will be rigorously peer-reviewed, and successful papers will be fast-tracked for review by the SA Journal of Education.

“There is a growing acceptance that solving educational challenges in the country is urgent and requires the concerted efforts of all stakeholders. The 2nd South African Basic Education Conference aims to provide a platform for academics and practitioners (education officials, principals, teachers, NGOs and funders) to share learnings and channel joint efforts and thereby help to improve education through stakeholder collaboration,” say the SABEC organisers.

“We urge all our educational colleagues to seize opportunities and fully exploit platforms for dissemination, engagement and sharing. It is through working collaboratively that we can eliminate duplication and fragmentation in the sector and maximise returns from our collective contributions towards improving the quality of our education system.”

To register for SABEC, and to access the user-friendly online abstract submission system, please visit

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For more information about SABEC, please download the conference brochure.