ARE YOU a teacher? Are you ready to learn, grow and develop, personally and professionally?

If you are, you should attend the second annual Africa on Mind, Brain and Education seminar, happening on 27 and 28 May at the Capital Menlyn Maine, in Menlyn, Pretoria.

This year’s seminar explores the latest neuroscience research, its relation to education and the core question that needs to be asked: “How do people learn and what can we do to improve learning?”

The name Mind, Brain, and Education refers to the relationship between how our brains develop biologically and how we learn. The human brain is a unique and dynamic organ that never stops developing. Recent discoveries in cognitive science confirm that the human brain changes physically when it learns.

This includes the theory that practising a learned skill makes it easier for the brain to use and improve that skill.

The findings have a significant effect on how schools and teachers need to design teaching plans and how pupils should be taught.

Dr Lieb Liebenberg, CEO of ITSI education, said: “The seminar targets teachers and lecturers at basic and higher educational institutions who want to be informed, connect, learn, grow and develop personally and professionally.

“The purpose of the event is to bring African teachers together under one roof to improve the state of knowledge and discussion between education and the various fields of developmental and cognitive science.

“This meeting includes advice on how to develop educational methods so teachers can know, apply and lead class lessons in the most innovative way, by providing tools that improve teacher quality and student achievement.”

The seminar is endorsed by the South African Council of Educators and participating teachers get 15 continuing professional teacher development points for attending.