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Social Forum

Day 1 - 19 March 2022

Education
Back to School A challenging reality to vulnerable South Africans

Time: 10:30


 

Panellist

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NTHABISENG FUYANI

Nthabi is the founder of Skilful Spaces which specializes in designing social and skills development programs that address the need to educate our children beyond the classroom.

Her mission is to elicit the passion of any child in South Africa encouraging their interest in diverse recreational programs including but not limited to literacy, arts, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Nthabi was a Sunday School Teacher where her innovative and fun teaching methods saw the church seeing growth in numbers and attendance of children on Sundays. To date Nthabi has worked for and partnered with many institutions and non-profit organisations such as The Constitution Hill.

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GRETCHEN WILSON-PRANGLEY

Gretchen Wilson-Prangley is the founder and CEO of Play Africa with 23 years of professional experience. She has increased access to education creating new value for communities. 

 

In 2021, under Gretchen's leadership, Play Africa was named "one of the world's most impactful and scalable education innovators" by HundrED.org and a finalist for "Best Rising NGO" in South Africa's CSI Legacy Awards. She was named as one of “100 Women for 100 Years” by Nelson Mandela Children's Fund UK in 2018.

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ATILLA DAG
Human Rights Activist/Peace Builder/Social Worker

Atilla Dag is the Co-Founder and Director General of the Universal Rights Association (URA). He has worked at several NGOs as an advisor, director, and Regional Director for about 20 years. He took part in several educational, interfaith, peacebuilding, community engagement, social improvement, community development, relief and social justice projects as a partner, coordinator and volunteer in Africa, the Middle East, and different parts of the world. He has completed his studies on English Language as well as Religion, Conflict and Peace at University of Cambridge and Harvard University. 

Health - Equal Access 
Strengthening the Health Care System to prevent crises

Time: 12:30


 

Socio-Economic Rights
What is a Human Rights based economy and how do we reach this goal?

Time: 14:30

To meaningfully ensure that we can all enjoy our human rights—in particular economic, social, and cultural rights—we have to overhaul the dominant economic system. Time and time again we’ve seen that the realization of these rights cannot be left to the whims of an unregulated market.

To meaningfully ensure that we can all enjoy our human rights—in particular economic, social, and cultural rights—we have to overhaul the dominant economic system. Time and time again we’ve seen that the realization of these rights cannot be left to the whims of an unregulated market.

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DUMA GQUBULE (Moderator)

Duma Gqubule. Is a financial journalist and economist he is the founder - Center for Economic Development and Transformation. 

Duma has spent two decades as financial journalist, analyst, researcher and adviser on issues of economic development and transformation.

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PUNDY PILLAY 

Is a Professor of Economics, Public Finance, and Research Director for the School of Governance at Wits University. He has also been a Professor at the Berlin School of Economics and the Universities of Johannesburg, Oslo, and the Western Cape.


His research interests are in the Economics of Education; Governance and Development; Public Finance, Inequality and Poverty; and Economics and Public Policy. He was also the Head of the Policy Unit in the Office of the President of South Africa.

Gilad Isaacs
Director, Institute for Economic Justice Lecturer, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa

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KHULULIWE BHENGU

Khululiwe is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She holds a Masters in International Law (LLM) and an LLB degree both from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits). Prior to joining SERI in January 2017, she served an internship with Probono.Org, as well as the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa (ISLA). She has also worked as a research assistant at Wits University. Khululiwe works mainly on cases related to the right to housing, defending communities threatened with eviction and litigating for the provision of basic services in and the upgrading of informal settlements.

She has represented social movements and community-based organisations fighting to secure adequate housing and informal traders and informal workers fighting for their right to earn a living.

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ISOBEL FRYE

Isobel Frye is the founding Director of Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) in Johannesburg. She worked as a director at a commercial law practice before moving to work as the Black Sash National Advocacy Manager. From there she moved to work as a senior researcher at NALEDI, the research service organisation of the trade union federation COSATU, before starting SPII.
 

SPII undertakes both primary and secondary research into poverty and social exclusions, and policy analysis in the field of anti-poverty policies, inequalities, socio-economic and constitutional rights, and social protection.