The Future Minds podcast is a weekly show dedicated to exploring the world of EdTech, online learning and the future of education.
The show features a range of guests from diverse backgrounds, ranging from education specialists, EdTech start-up founders and academic thought leaders, to professional athletes, entrepreneurs and celebrities, all with the purpose of better understanding how the fast evolving education sector is impacting and shaping the minds of the future.
#26 Bekker Oosthuizen - The Importance of Early Childhood Development, Diet, and Changing Bad Habits
In this episode, we speak with Bekker Oosthuizen, an absolute specialist in his field of Biokinetics. We discuss some important topics about early childhood development during our conversation. This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3uD9y6v
Bekker is a Biokineticist specializing in Neurology and the physical rehabilitation of patients with neurological disorders. Bekker is passionate about the link between mind and body, and believes in the importance of physical activity in healthy development, especially during childhood.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Understanding Neuroplasticity.
- Early childhood development.
- What a healthy diet should consist of.
- How to change bad habits.
Follow Oosthuizen Biokineticists on Instagram: https://instagram.com/oost_bios
#25 - The Power of Consistency, the Value of Traditional Education, and the Importance of Communication
A story from the perspective of a South African DJ, we loved chatting to DJ Sabby in episode 25 of the Future Minds podcast! This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3eGVnbz
DJ Sabby is a well-known South African DJ, Radio Host, TV Presenter, MC, and content creator. Passionate about South African creative culture, DJ Sabby commands a healthy listenership to ‘The Best Drive’ radio show on YFM allowing him to reach a wide audience of young South Africans.
In this episode we discuss:
- The dynamics of the entertainment industry.
- Celebrating and rewarding creativity.
- Challenges that he overcame.
- Advice to today's youth.
Follow DJ Sabby on Instagram: https://instagram.com/dj_sabby?igshid=lydds7by2pk
#24 Giles Gillett - The Power of Data and Making a Positive Impact On South African Education
In episode 24 of the Future Minds podcast, we speak with Giles Gillett. It has been so fascinating speaking with such brilliant minds creating positive change in education. This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3bo6xQP
Giles is the founder and CEO of the New Leaders Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to driving change in South African education. A former teacher himself, Giles has taken on the vital task of bridging the gap between data and decision-making in education. Giles is driven by his passion to make a difference, as well as an inner entrepreneurial spirit. He has built a truly unique organization that’s driving real change in South African Education.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Why data is so important.
- The challenges posed by COVID.
- How he thinks about education in South Africa.
- What the future may look like.
More information about the New Leaders Foundation: http://www.newleaders.co.za/
#23 Vivienne Jones - Embracing Technology in Education, Learning From Students, and Individualism
In episode 23 of the Future Minds podcast, we speak with a truly inspirational and experienced educator, Vivienne Jones. This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3sCLa3Z
Vivienne Jones is the Executive Principal at Elkanah House and a former English teacher with a passion for education. Having spent the last 30 years in the field, Vivienne has given her all to help develop the minds and lives of her students.
We speak about the following topics:
- How COVID impacted her school.
- Why math and English are so important.
- Embracing technology in different ways.
- Introducing coding as a subject at Elkanah House.
- Understanding how students learn differently.
- Why children need responsibility
- The South African education system.
Elkanah House: https://www.elkanah.co.za/
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#22 Damian Willemse - Becoming a Springbok, Doing What Makes You Happy, and Being a Leader
An absolute honor and privilege to have Damian Willemse as a guest on the Future Minds Podcast. What an inspiring episode to hear Damian's story and perspective. This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3uDEZxX
Damian Willemse is a South African rugby player for the Springboks and plays club rugby for the Western Province Stormers. Damien was part of the 2019 World Cup-winning Squad, achieving the highest level of sporting success.
Having grown up in Strand, Damian attended Paul Roos High School and then went on to pursue a career as a professional athlete. At the young age of 22, Damian is a role model for all young and aspiring South Africans looking to pursue a sporting career.
We speak with Damian about what it’s like being a professional rugby player, his childhood influences and early education, what it takes to be a leader on and off the field, and finally, what comes after rugby.
Find Damian on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/iamdamiangaza/
#21 Faith Mangope - Digital Economy of South Africa and Championing Female Entrepreneurship
Such an inspiring episode with the accomplished, Faith Mangope. This episode was brought to you by Smartick, register for a FREE trial here: https://bit.ly/3vYeW68
Faith is the host of Power Breakfast on PowerFM98.7, an ENCA Anchor, and the Managing Director of Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute.
Faith is also the founder of FTA Media Communications and the brains behind New G — a mobile app designed to provide South Africans with access to job opportunities.
This episode dives deeply into how Faith grew up in extremely difficult circumstances and gives us the raw version of her story. Coming from very little, Faith's resilience has paved the way for her to create a successful life for herself and we hear more about how, and why, she started the Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute.
We are so inspired by her passion for education and for helping other South African women and provide them with opportunities that they would otherwise not have.
What an incredible female South African leader! WhIt was an honor to have her as a guest on our show.
Where to find Faith on Social Media:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/faithmangope/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/FaithMangope