One on One Community Based Programmes, the SpellAfrica Initiative from Nigeria and technology company Edit Microsystems are just some of the winners announced at the inaugural African EduWeek Awards.

The awards showcased the most innovative and life-changing projects, organisations, companies, teachers and education professionals who have been responsible for pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, for inspiring others and for achieving growth in education in Africa

The theme of this year’s African EduWeek was “Enter a world of educational knowledge”, and hosted more than 3 500 teachers and education professionals this week.

The winners of the awards are:

* Supplier of the Year 2015, Basic Education – One On One Community Based Programmes, South Africa;
* Supplier of the Year 2015, Higher Education – TSiBA Education NPC, South Africa;
* Supplier of the Year 2015, Early Childhood Development – Clamber Club, South Africa;
* Supplier of the Year 2015, Special Needs – Sensory Solutions, South Africa;
* Supplier of the Year 2015, ICT – Edit Microsystems, South Africa;
* Supplier of the Year 2015, Innovation Product Award – The Reach Trust, Department of Basic Education & UNICEF;
* Environment Award 2015 – Collect-a-Can, South Africa;
* Community project of the Year – SpellAfrica Initiative, Nigeria;
* NGO of the Year 2015 – Knysna Education Trust, South Africa;
* Winner of the Future Stars Award – Mapule Mofokeng, Student, CTI Randburg Campus; and
* Winner in the Stars in Education Award – Lesiba Kwenaite, Teacher, Pirwana Secondary School, Limpopo.

Riaan Jonck, CEO of sponsor Pearson Education, comments: “We are very proud to be associated with African Eduweek in order to honour our teachers.

“Pearson has trained over 80 000 teachers in South Africa to date, and continues this professional development ethos through the established Teacher and Lecturer Academies. These academies were established in 2014 to deal with the challenges faced by the educators. The focus is on equipping educators with practical knowledge and skills with the aim of helping learners to flourish.”