About The Webinar

Amnesty International South Africa invites you to the second webinar in our series to launch our latest Education Report, Failing to Learn the Lessons? Join education experts as they discuss the findings of the report, the impact of COVID-19 on South Africa’s education system, and Government’s response to it.

  • Ms Shenilla Mohamed 
    Executive Director for Amnesty International South Africa

    Shenilla is a media, human rights and development practitioner and her career spans over 30 years. She has worked as Bureau Chief Northern Emirates for the Gulf News in Dubai, Deputy Director of the BBC Trust African Media Initiative, Europe, Middle East and Africa Editor for Inter Press Services, South Africa Director for Oxfam GB, Principal Advisor to the Hivos-International Media Support-Dfid Programme on Media and Governance in Zimbabwe and Africa Director for OutRight Action International. Shenilla has won numerous awards including the Ruler of Sharjah Award for Reporting on Women’s Affairs, numerous Journalism awards (Medical Writer of the Year, Women’s Affairs Writer of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year) as well as being awarded the Alan Turing LGBTIQ Award by ARN Culture Pride in Tenerife for her work on LGBTIQ rights in Africa

  • Mr Iain Byrne
    Researcher and Advisor, Amnesty International

    Iain Byrne is an international human rights lawyer with over 25 years of experience of working in the field. Since November 2011 he has worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International as a Law and Policy Advisor and Researcher in the Economic and Social Justice (previously the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR)) team

  • Prof Ann Skelton
    ​​​​​​​(BA LLB LLD) 
    Advocate at Centre for Child Law and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
    Prof Ann Skelton has been a human rights lawyer in South Africa for 25 years, specialising in children’s rights. She was at the forefront of child law reform through the SA Law Reform Commission. Ann is a Professor of Law at the University of Pretoria where she holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa. She is an advocate who has been played a leading role in landmark litigation, including education cases. She has published widely both locally and internationally. In 2012 she was awarded the Honorary Worlds Children’s Prize. She is currently a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and chaired the expert committee that drafted the Abidjan Principles on state’s obligations regarding public education and the regulation of private of education.

  • Mr Matakanye Matakanye
    General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies
    Matakanye Matakanye has been an activist throughout his life. His activism is informed by his upbringing where he comes from humble beginnings, raised by his grandmother. He is a teacher, a member of SADTU and the ANC and is currently the General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing bodies (NASGB)

  • About Amnesty Intertnational

    Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 10 million people who take injustice personally. We are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all.

    We are funded by members and people like you. We are independent of any political ideology, economic interest or religion. No government is beyond scrutiny. No situation is beyond hope. 

    Few would have predicted when we started that torturers would become international outlaws. That most countries would abolish the death penalty. And seemingly untouchable dictators would be made to answer for their crimes.

    Through our detailed research and determined campaigning, we help fight abuses of human rights worldwide. We bring torturers to justice. Change oppressive laws. And free people jailed just for voicing their opinion.

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  • Ms Shenilla Mohamed

    Executive Director of Amnesty International South Africa

  • Mr Iain Byrne

    Researcher and Advisor, Amnesty International

  • Professor Ann Skelton

    Advocate at Centre for Child Law and member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

  • Mr Matakanye Matakanye

    General Secretary of the National Association of School Governing Bodies

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