WORLD SOCIAL SCIENCE FORUM 2015 OFFICIALLY OPENED IN DURBAN
By: Nhlanhla Mthembu
Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, officially opened the World Social Science Forum 2015 (WSSF) under the theme “Transforming global relations for a just
world” held in Durban on Sunday.
WSSF2015 is a global event of the International Social Science Council and is hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa, and the Council for the Development of
Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).
The aim of the 3rd WSSF 2015 is to address a broad range of topics including amongst others global inequalities as it relates to governance, patterns of production and consumption,
cultural exchanges, quality health and education, climate change and adaptation, and human rights and social justice.
Addressing the forum, Prof Olive Shisana chairperson of WSSF 2015 said, “Sub-Saharan Africa is most unequal of all sub-continents, my own country has one of the highest income
disparities in Africa and the World.”
Prof Shisana added that in addressing inequalities policy matters.
In her keynote address Minister Pandor said to reduce inequality compulsory and free education is the greater leveller.
“The most effective way to eradicate poverty is through education. Education is fundamental to the achievement of the society envisaged in our Freedom Charter.
“Clearly we need to do more to increase success in maths and science education if we are to compete with the world,” added Pandor.
The forum will continue until the 16th of September.