Voices: Dr Nkosinathi Sishi
Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Head of the Department of Education for Kwazulu-Natal
"A better world, a better understanding among the people of the world. It is a cornerstone for world peace, it is a cornerstone for world progress, that's how important education is. Emotional intelligence, inner joy is an important component of that. I think that the literature has provide us [with] information about learners and learning, that in the past we would not have had.
"And, all of a sudden, we now know that a happy child has a better opportunity to realise their own potential. As I was growing up, one of my frustrations was to rely on what's taught at school. And the limitations imposed on me, that refused me the opportunity to expand the horizon beyond the boundaries of the school. Which has now been made possible by the new innovations that our education systems have made. To me, that is the greatest joy, the confidence that emerges as a result of you knowing that you can access databases all over the world. ICT enables you to access information from everywhere.
"I've seen teachers lack the confidence to do their work, but once you introduce them to ICT, they discover their own potential, and that of the children they teach. It's the most amazing thing in education."