The Benefits of Peer Engagement – Insights from Eduweek 2019 | EAPA-SA

The primary role of a events like Eduweek is to gather like-minded individuals from across a country, region, or even the world, to learn, discuss thoughts, network, share ideas and to inspire innovation. It is people, with their wealth of experiences and knowledge, who are the biggest asset at any great event like this.

“Individuals within a particular industry are enabled to expand their professional and personal development…”

Through attending an event such as EAPA-SA’s Eduweek, individuals within a particular industry are enabled to expand their professional and personal development, and are provided with insightful information that cannot be taught internally from within an organisation or even online. As important, is the fact that events such as Eduweek provide a holistic, blended learning environment with multiple opportunities for individuals to network and engage in a wide array of formats – not limited to the valuable education to be had through attending educational sessions. This allows attendees from other companies and from other areas of the country to become valuable resources for referrals, new ways of thinking, solutions, and best practices.

This year the Eduweek programme was designed to offer delegates a wide array of opportunities to network and engage. On the Wednesday afternoon of the event an outdoor Physical Wellness Peer Engagement Session took place followed by a networking session and light dinner around the pool on Wednesday evening with a pool party theme and karaoke – which was thoroughly enjoyed by singers and listeners alike.

“The Eduweek programme was designed to offer delegates a wide array of opportunities to network and engage”

Jeffrey Mapanyane and Nani Legwale

The annual Eduweek Presidential Awards Dinner took place on Thursday night with an Under the Sea theme. Attendees were transported to another world under the sea, with a giant ocean backdrop surrounding the room and their faces were adorned with colours of the ocean by face painters. We salute all our Eduweek delegates who, every year, make a tremendous effort with their fancy dress and this  year was no exception. Congratulations to our winners of the best dressed competition, Jeffrey Mapanyane and Nani Legwale.

The Presidential Awards Dinner is an exclusive and formal event, which strives to recognise and celebrate achievements in the EAP field by both individual’s and the industry.  It provides an opportunity to showcase EAPA-SA, the work that the Board and Chapters undertake to promote the EAP profession and to introduce the new Board members to EAPA-SA members and delegates.

These prestigious awards are a highlight in the annual calendar for EAP Practitioners in South Africa.

Recipients of this year’s Presidential Awards are:

  • A certificate of appreciation to Sindiswa Magwebu for being EAPA-SA’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Pioneer
  • Individual EAP Practitioner of the Year 2019 Award: Ingrid Letswane
  • Individual EAP Professional of the Year 2019 Award: Sibongile Sojola (Not pictured)
  • Chapter of the Year 2019 Award: Ikhala Chapter
  • EAP Special Project Award: Matlale Masemola-Thelejane (Not pictured)
  • EAPA-SA Board Member of the Year: Radhi Vandayar

Our thanks to the sponsors of the fantastic Friday Lucky Draw prizes and well done to the over 300 delegates who got the full benefit of being at the event until Eduweek 2019 drew to a close.  EAPA-SA would like to congratulate the winners of the Friday Lucky Draw prizes:

 

  • Gilbert Kwaeng
  • Mpho Mosupye
  • Titiyane Morabe
  • Nokulunga Xaba

The Association believes in work-life balance and EAPA-SA likes to practice what they preach. The stresses and demands of day-to-day working life means that office environments may fall short of being fully conducive to learning, socialising and deepening relationships between colleagues. The Eduweek programme is designed offer an opportunity for employees to step outside of daily work routines – to learn, socialise and network in a more relaxed environment. The fun and enjoyment delegates have after a long day of learning provides perfect stimulation to dive back into a learning environment the following day.

“The Association believes in work-life balance and EAPA-SA likes to practice what they preach”

So why attend Eduweek 2020?  While individuals may have differing reasons to attend, EAPA-SA believes that attendance of this, the premier educational event in the EA sector, provides both professional and personal development – equipping attendees with tools and skills that cannot be taught in-house or online. The holistic learning-focus at Eduweek promotes peer learning and, through networking and the sharing of ideas, allows delegates to dig deeper into the understanding of particular topics of interest.