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Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs (TM-SCHOOL)
The successful launch of the Thabo Mbeki African School of Public and International Affairs on 22 September 2020 has challenged the brainpower in the African continent, the diaspora and global thinkers to research, analyze, and review the educational and experiential
learnings in the fields of public and international affairs. Consequently, a school of thought must emerge out of the ashes of COVID-19, the persistent underdevelopment of the African continent, and the dependence syndrome. Future generations must inherit a university educational paradigm and knowledge search that places Africa in the forefront of knowledge generation while at the same time inventing and advancing systems and structures that make the continent to function effectively to the benefit of its development.
In his response to this exceptional recognition by Unisa, the former President of South Africa HE Thabo Mbeki stressed the continent’s need for critical thinkers and creative graduates who will question everything and change the living conditions of Africans. The role of the university in responding to societal challenges and providing intellectual leadership was underscored in his address. The educational sector on the continent was urged to seriously take its position of being the brain capital and refrain from its current role of allowing big business to dominate it. The search for relevant and usable knowledge for Africa’s continues advancement has become more urgent with the opportunity COVID-19 has presented. In an article published in the Chronicle on September 29, 2020 reacting to the launch of the TM-School, Professor Toyin Falola appositely stated that “the sustainable development of modern African states depends even more on the relationship among their production forces now than ever. A great idea has arrived!” This has set the stage for a seminal Webinar discussion on 'The Thabo Mbeki School:
Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution'
The distinguished presenter and discussants will include the renowned African academics and public intellectuals, Professors Toyin Falola and Funmi Olonisakin, emerging young thinker and practitioner Ms Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekgethe. Prof Falola currently serves as the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor Funmi Olonisakin is the Vice-President and Vice-Principal International and Professor of Security, Leadership and Development at King’s College. Ms Phetla-Lekgethe is the Executive Director at the African Development Bank. The session will be facilitated by Dr Tanya Abrahamse. She is a former CEO of the South African National Biodiversity Institute and the 2005 African Tourism Achiever Award recipient.
DATE: 27 October 2020
TIME: 12pm CAT
PLATFORM: MS Teams