President:  Magda Kloppers


PhD (Teaching and Learning) (North West University);  MEd (North West University);  PGCE (Potchefstroom University for CHE);  BSc (Mathematics and Computer Science) (Potchefstroom University for CHE).

Lecturer:  Teaching and Learning, School of Education Sciences, North West University, Vanderbijlpark Campus.

To enhance understanding because you can forget facts, but you can’t forget understanding.





President elect:  Mirna Nel

MirnaPh.D. (Educational Psychology) NWU;  M.Ed (Orthopedagogics)  PU for CHE;   B.Ed Honns (Cum Laude) PU for CHE;  HED, UP; B. Logopedics (Speech therapy and Audiology) UP.

Research Professor:  Optentia Research Focus Area, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University

I see cognitive education as formally and informally teaching, as well as supporting, learners to acquire, learn, embed and apply critical thinking skills to make meaning of written and verbal texts, social interaction and everyday living. However, the ultimate purpose of cognitive education can be encompassed in the following quote of Leo Tolstoy:  “Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking…”

Immediate Past President:  Mary Grosser

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B.A. (PU for CHE); HED. (PU for CHE); BEd Honours.  (Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit); M.Ed (Cognitive Development –Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit); PhD (Cognitive Development and Critical Thinking  – Vista).

Associate Professor: Cognitive Development and Critical Thinking Development.

Lecturer (Work Place Integrated Learning, Research Methodology, Classroom Instruction) and researcher.  North-West University, Vaal Triangle Campus, Vanderbijlpark.

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.    ~ John W. Gardner



Honorary Secretary:  Stef Esterhuien

HED; FED; B Ed Hons (Educational Psychology – Cum Laude); M Ed (Educational Psychology – Cum Laude); PhD (Teaching and Learning: Cognitive Education), North West University.

Senior Lecturer:  Teaching and Learning (Foundation Phase), School of Education Sciences, North West University, Vaal Triangle Campus.

To empower student-teachers to optimise the cognitive capacity of very young children by exposing them to intentional teaching processes in order to develop a  need for precision, accuracy, spontaneous comparative and inferential thinking behaviour, as well as enhancing higher order thinking skills.



Honorary Treasurer & Cog Ed Interest Group (Gauteng) :  Vine Petzer


B.Comm. Cum Laude (PU for CHE); HED. Cum Laude (PU for CHE); Hons Ed.(Teaching and Learning) Cum Laude (NWU Vaal); M Ed.(Teaching and Learning) (NWU Vaal).

Lecturer in Accounting for Education: NWU Vaal


 A positive atmosphere or climate in the classroom is where the individual needs of the learners are stimulated and it opens their minds for effective development of critical thinking skills and successful learning.

Additional members:

Deon van Tonder – Conference/Symposium and SLP Coordinator


B.COM (PU for CHE); HED (PU for CHE); B.TECH (Educational Management – UNISA); M.Ed. Cum Laude (Educational Management – NWU); PhD (Educational Management – NWU).

Lecturer: Business Studies and Educational management

Be creative, learn a new way to teach thinking, manage what you do and you will become a master on your journey to become smarter at teaching thinking




Elsefie Wranz – Cog Ed Interest group (Cape Town)


BA (Stell); B Speech Therapy and Audiology (Stell); Dip Sp Ed (LSEN) (Stell); MPhil Health Sciences Education (Stell).

HOD; Speech-Language Therapist and Audiologist at Jan Kriel School; Accredited as external lecturer with the Stellenbosch University Speech-Language and  Hearing Therapy Department.

Cognitive education, when integrated, with all learning processes, may afford all children, irrespective of potential, a chance to learn, develop and progress.



Celia Booyse – Networking

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BA Ed (Cum Laude) at UP; BA Hons at UP; B Ed (Hons) (Cum Laude) at Unisa; M Ed (Cum Laude) at PU for CHE; D Ed (Didactics) at Unisa.

Manager: Curriculum at Umalusi (Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training).

I embrace a holistic, neuroscientific view of deepening learning and metacognition in order for a child to make meaning and strong connections. I embrace scaffolded, discovery learning and assessment based on conducive cognitive-motivational-relational configurations and which is directed to innovation and critical , constructive thinking. A learning environment filled with compassion, motivation and mediation lies close to my heart. 




Debbie Schaffler – Marketing (Gauteng)


PhD (NWU), M.Ed (NWU), Honours B.Ed Educational Psychology: (NWU),

B.Ed Educational Psychology (NWU), B.Ed Bridging Course (NWU),

Further Diploma in Remedial and Compensatory Education (NWU),

Higher Diploma in Education: English and Setswana (NWU)

Cognitive Education enhances thinking processes and provides more insight into different learning styles and how learning occurs.  It promotes reasoning and decision making which prepares one for life




Estelle Brettenny – Marketing (Cape Town)



B.OT. (Stell); M.OT. Cum Laude (Bloemf); PDME Cum Laude (Stell).

Private Occupational Therapist; Consultant and Trainer in Executive Function Skills, Learning Skills & Thinking Skills; and Programme Evaluator.

To empower learners of all ages with understanding, passion and creativity to manage their own functioning, thinking and learning.




Marietjie Willemse – Youth Group and Secretary (IACESA) 

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MA in Industrial Psychology (NWU), BA Hons in Industrial Psychology (NWU), Diploma in Higher Education (UNISA), BA in Psychology (UP)





Francois Minnie – General

Francois MEd (NWU); PGCE, BSc









WP Wahl – Ad-hoc OFS Interest Group


BA Hons (Theology)

MA (Theology)

PhD (Interdisciplinary: Theology and Higher Education Studies)

The transformation of every human being becomes possible through the renewing of the mind.  Conforming to inaccurate thinking patterns, often perpetuated through certain social systems, limits the potential of individuals.  However, individuals – irrespective of their age, background, hereditary challenges, or (dis)abilities – can change if educated to think more accurately.  Thus, cognitive education becomes an important instrument to unlock the inherent potential of people.



Mark Hayter – Co-opted Member Marketing


HDE – Physical Education

BED Hons (Leadership)


Mark Hayter has been Ex­ec­u­tive Head­mas­ter of Grayston Prepara­tory for al­most ten years and has held po­si­tions on the Boards of a num­ber of in­de­pen­dent schools. Mark has de­vel­oped a num­ber of teach­ing plat­forms us­ing Google and Of­fice 365, as well as cre­at­ing web­sites and mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions to as­sist with school com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems. He provides consulting services on thinking skills, technology integrations and learning to schools and organisations.