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Jonathan Jansen to Receive the 2014 British Academy Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding

How to Fix South Africa's SchoolsWe Need to ActJonathan Jansen, author of How to Fix South Africa’s Schools and We Need to Act, will be receiving the 2014 British Academy’s Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding, after presenting a public lecture entitled “From Intimacy to Nearness: Creating Common Identity in Post Apartheid South Africa” in London.

Jansen is the rector of the University of the Free State, where he has earned a formidable reputation for transformation and for a deep commitment to reconciliation in communities living with the heritage of apartheid. During the lecture, hosted by the British Academy, he will be sharing insights from his experiences working in South Africa’s education system.

This award recognises Jansen’s outstanding academic achievement in transcultural understanding and is designed to illustrate the interconnected nature of cultures and civilizations. This is the second time it will be awarded.

The British Academy will be hosting a talk entitled: “From Intimacy to Nearness: Creating Common Identity in Post Apartheid South Africa”

20 years on from the end of legal apartheid in South Africa, entrenched values have continued to influence the knowledge and identities acquired by subsequent generations. How have apartheid values managed to coexist with integration? What have been the consequences of this and how can we change these attitudes? Can these lessons and policies work outside of the South African context?

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