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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Middle School to Host Global Education Conference
South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor to Keynote
Naledi Pandor

WASHINGTON (April 30, 2012) – South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor will present the keynote speech at the second annual Uncommon Alliance Global Education Conference at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 4, in the auditorium of the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2. The two-day conference will take place on May 4 – 5 at (MS)2., located at 405 Howard Place, NW, Washington, DC 20059 on the campus of Howard University.

The conference, hosted by (MS)2 , will explore innovative practices in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. A highlight of the conference will be a full session devoted to student-led presentations.

"In the 21st century, the common language that young people speak around the world is a digital language," said Yohance Maqubela, executive director at (MS)². "Thus, to continue to properly prepare the leaders of tomorrow, it is critical for us to share best practices around the instruction of those STEM disciplines that are the fabric of their future."

Pandor has played a leading role in politics, education policy, planning and reform in South Africa. Prior to her appointment as minister of science and technology in 2009, she served as South Africa's minister of education.

Pandor has an impressive background of public service. She was elected to the African National Congress in 1994. Pandor has also served as deputy chief whip of the African National Congress and chairperson of the National Council of Provinces. She was the first woman chancellor of the Cape Technikon, which later merged with Peninsula Technikon in 2005 to form the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town.

A partial list of presenting schools includes: Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill.; LEAP School of Science and Mathematics, Cape Town, South Africa; Philips Academy, Andover, Mass.; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale, N.Y.; The High School Affiliated to Renmin University of China, Beijing; and Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, Va.

For more information on the conference, visit the conference website:


Founded in 2005, the Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2 is a public charter school committed to academic excellence, with a specific focus on mathematics and science. Located on the main campus of Howard, (MS)2 is the first charter school in the area to be established by a University. It features a rigorous academic model designed to prepare middle school students for college and careers in math, science, and engineering; a longer school day with accelerated instructional programs; small class sizes with a low student to teacher ratio; and exposure to enrichment activities led by agencies such as NASA, NOAA and programs offered by Howard University faculty, staff, and students.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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