"Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world." This quote from the late, great Nelson Mandela summarises how many people working at Pearson feel about the vital role that education plays. As a company, we're passionate about providing the tools and services to help learners, teachers, parents, school management and districts, as well as municipal, provincial and national education departments make a positive impact.
Pearson is the world's largest education company, with a presence in over 70 countries. We have a wealth of experience and knowledge from which to draw that we can apply to South Africa. Of course, every country is different, and South Africa has its own unique challenges and educational requirements, and by playing an active part in the country's education system, we understand this well. In the pages of this magazine, you'll find a lot of detail about the different parts of our story; how, through the publication of textbooks, direct delivery through education institutions, and e-education, we're helping to get learners ready for life, work and self actualisation, such as Andani Masikhwa. Andani graduated from MGI with a BSc Computer Science (Cum Laude). He has strong belief that MGI played a key part in helping turn his life around. "I can't underestimate the role of MGI in my formation as an individual and preparing me for work life. It's here where I learned to understand the value of academic success and the importance of my skills development. The tertiary years were an essential part of my life: it taught me to be social, work hard and to take onus of my life. MGI really prepared me well for the job market and the IT industry. When I went for an interview I was able to relate and answer all the questions that were being posed to me. MGI has prepared me to work diligently and to act professionally."
Andani is just one of many young people that, through our different learning and education offerings, Pearson is helping to get ready for work and life.
The world is changing and changing fast; the skills needed in this modern world have also moved on, especially with the arrival of digital technologies. By reading through the stories, you'll find how the various parts of Pearson are supporting the evolving needs of our education system and its learners.
We have an exciting story to tell. I hope that by reading about the assorted aspects of Pearson, you will discover how we're helping to play our part in improving the outcomes and lives of many South Africans. Through this gained knowledge, as Madiba said, we believe they will help to change their lives, the lives of those around them and help to uplift South Africa, or, indeed, the world.