CEO of Siyavula Education
“Mark is the CEO of Siyavula Education, a social enterprise focused on the accessbility of high-quality eduction. Siyavula's primary commercial offering is an adaptive practice service for mathematics, physics and chemistry in high school while, on the social impact side, Siyavula has developed a catalogue of openly-licensed textbooks in collaboration with educators, sponsors and the Department of Basic Education. Mark has been working in the education sector for 13 years with openness, technology and community as his main tools. He was the Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow for Open and Collaborative resources as well as the co-founder of the Free High School Science Texts project. Mark studied Physics in a previous life.”
Why do you want to be part of UCT Upstarts?
“It brings together fresh thinking by passionate people who want to make a difference and provides a platform for developing their world changing ideas and connecting them with advisors, supporters, funders and champions - providing a truly enabling environment for social impact.”
How would you ‘Re-educate Education’?
“Agency for learners in learning is key, we must enable and embrace agency. To do so we all need to learn about learning so that we can choose to learn rather than have systems that try to force or trick people into learning. To learn is wonderful for young and old and we've built a system that stygmatises learning and removes agency. This needs to be undone.”