Christina Watson, CEO of South African educational publishing house Via Afrika, has been named as one of Foreign Policy magazine’s “100 Leading Global Thinkers” of 2014.

One of the most credible names in international politics and global affairs, Foreign Policy provides the best available analysis of pressing global challenges by the world’s leading experts.

“Each year our list of leading Global Thinkers spotlights those who have translated their ideas into actions, impacting millions worldwide,” said David Rothkopg, editor of Foreign Policy. “It is a chance to reflect on who, and what is driving change today and will shape it tomorrow.”

Via Afrika has more than 60 years of experience in South Africa’s educational publishing industry and, with an eye to the future, has recently prioritised the development of South Africa’s digital education landscape. Watson was recognised because of Via Afrika’s leading role in advancing digital education in South Africa.

Commenting on being named a leading Global Thinker, Watson says, “It’s an overwhelming honour to see your name placed alongside the likes of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and political satirist John Oliver, and I thank Foreign Policy for that. But the real honour is seeing how these digital initiatives Via Afrika has undertaken are changing lives today whilst laying the foundations for a stronger educational system in South Africa tomorrow.”
“Additionally, though Via Afrika may be getting a lot of attention for these digital initiatives, the Department of Basic Education has been an invaluable partner who has been on this journey with us. Whether it’s providing us with access to information that allowed us to put together the snapshot report, or championing the Via Afrika Digital Education Centres initiative, the Department of Basic Education is as deserving of this honour as we are.”

“I hope to capitalise on this honour by getting more companies involved in rolling out true digital education to all South African learners,” Watson concludes.

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