About Us

Cape Town and overall coordination

karin murris

Karin Murris is associate professor at the School of Education, the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has a BSc in Library Science, a BAHons (Leiden), a Masters (London) in Philosophy and a PhD in Philosophy with Children. For her research interests see: http://web.uct.ac.za/depts/educate/staff/kmurris.php. She was trained by Prof Matthew Lipman in the US and is an accredited ICPIC trainer. Karin established P4C with picturebooks and helped conceptualise and implement the teacher education of P4C in the UK. She also set up the Masters packages Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Wales and Thinking Schools and Communities at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before moving to UCT in June 2012. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Johannesburg

 

Gauteng Coordinator

Robyn Thompson

Robyn has been teaching in Foundation Phase classroom for 20 years and she has incorporated Philosophy with Children (P4C) into her classroom teaching for the last 5 years. Robyn completed her Masters in Education in 2013 and her dissertation was based on how children communicated their philosophical thought through their drawings. Robyn attended and presented her work at the ICPIC Conference held in Cape Town in 2013. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Gauteng Coordinator

Cathy Fry

Cathy has worked in independent schools for over 25 years; the last 10 of which were as headmistress at both St Mary's and St Andrew's Junior Schools in Johannesburg. During that time she has pioneered and introduced Thinking Skills programmes into four schools.  In 2010 Cathy did her Masters in Education through the University of the Witwatersrand.  She studied School Ethics and Philosophy for Children with Professor Karin Murris.  Her Masters thesis was about the need for moral education programmes like Philosophy for Children in Schools in South Africa.  Cathy has now set up a small consulting, training and coaching company called Ukhanyiso Ebantwini (Pty) Ltd through which she hopes to share her knowledge and skills in P4C with teachers and children in disadvantaged schools. Her email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Free State 

 

Dr Pieter Mostert

Dr Pieter Mostert (* 1952) studied philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. Main emphasis in his study was upon Friedrich Nietzsche and his method of philosophical critique. After his MA-diploma he was engaged in teaching philosophy at very different levels, from kindergarten to neurologists. His PhD research was focused on the aims and methods of teaching philosophy. In 1990 he was one of the founders of the Dutch Centre of Philosophy for Children. He is an experienced facilitator and consultant in education, both in The Netherlands and South-Africa. Currently he lives in Bloemfontein.
Contact details: 55 Paul Roux Street, 9301 Bloemfontein, SA
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; cell phone: +27*072 2351004
Website: www.learningconsortium.co.za.

 

  Cape Town

Marguerite MacRobert

Marguerite MacRobert is an English education lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Stellenbosch. Her research focuses on the creative writing process and on children’s literature, and she has published a range of fictional as well as academic texts and school textbooks. Her most recent academic publication is a chapter in an international book: Research Methods in Creative Writing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). A former philosophy student who is passionate about all things to do with the mind, she is currently learning more about P4C via Mindboggles. Marguerite’s educational wiki on creative writing can be accessed at www.creative-writing-stellenbosch.wikispaces.com.

 

 Philosophical Play Consultant

 

Sara Stanley

Sara Stanley is an Early Years Creative Practitioner based in the UK. She is a National and International keynote speaker and consultant specialising in Philosophical Play, Storyworlds and Inquiring classrooms. She is a Level 1 Trainer for SAPERE and is currently involved in long term and future projects in South Africa. These include contributing to the PGCE Foundation Phase Handbook for University of Cape Town (UCT) and modelling, mentoring and training practitioners in the Early Thinking Project. Initiated by the Dept of Education, UCT and PRAESA and funded by The DG Murray Trust. Samples of her work in action can be viewed here. Publications include: Why Think? Philosophical Play 3-11 (Continuum Bloomsbury 2012); But Why? (NEP 2004); Creating Enquiring Minds (Continuum 2006). 

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.www.sarastanley.co.uk

 

 

School Ethics Consultants

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Dr Edwin Etieyibo

Edwin Etieyibo is a lecturer and researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He specialises in ethics, social and political philosophy, and has broad interests in philosophy of education, bio-medical, business and environmental ethics as well as African socio-political economy and philosophy. He has been involved with P4C for over 5 years, beginning at the Department of Philosophy, University of Alberta, Canada where he got his PhD and taught for a number of years before moving to Wits.  His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Simon Geschwindt

Simon Geschwindt is a journalist specializing in corporate social responsibility and the environment, and has been proprietor of Infonet Publications since 1989 (www.infonet-publications.com). Simon holds a BA Hons in Humanities, majoring in Philosophy of Art and Ethics, and has undertaken postgraduate study in ethics, business ethics and eastern philosophies. He worked for many years as a Benelux correspondent for Financial Times Business Information (FTBI) followed by an energy markets editor for La Tribune and L’Agence Economique et Financière (L’AGEFI) in Paris. He was managing editor of the London-based international publication, Environment Matters, before joining UK ethics consultancy, Dialogue Works as Head of Communications. He is author of Am I Right? or Am I Right? – an Introduction to Ethical Decision Making, and the novel Lost Identity. Simon, born 1949, is married with five children, and lives in Cape Town, South Africa. His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

jos delnoij

Jos Delnoij studied Philosophy and Law at the University of Leiden.  She lectured at the University of Tilburg, is a certified integrity trainer by Nyenrode Business University, and graduated as Integrity Officer at the University of Humanist Studies (Utrecht). Jos is also a certified Socratic dialogue facilitator. She is director of Leiden Dialogue Centre and is deeply committed to practical philosophy outside academia.  After working as integrity consultant for the Dutch Ministry of Defence, she is currently Senior Consultant Integrity for the Centre for Labour Relations in Government, CAOP, The Hague, Netherlands. She can be contacted via the ethics hotline.

Karin Murris

Karin Murris set up the Masters course School Ethics at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg before moving to UCT in June 2012, where she is Associate Professor at the School of Education. She is a certified integrity trainer by Nyenrode Business University, and Socratic dialogue facilitator. Together with Joanna Haynes, she has introduced ethical decision-making in UK primary and secondary schools after working with the method in business and public service contexts. Since 2005, commissioned by the Higher Education Academy’s ESCalate, Karin and Joanna have been conducting Ethical Decision-making workshops with directors of education departments and CETLs (Centres of Excellence in Teaching and Learning) at UK universities, and others in leadership positions in Higher Education.

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George Kganane is a qualified teacher and has been in the service of public schools for 20 years. He holds an honours degree in education, and his interest is to realise communities which are consciously involved in the education of their children, more specifically the black communities. In his role as principal, he strives to create a school environment where moral, cultural, academic and economic growth can take place. He says he has come to realise that he himself is a product of bad teaching practice from his mentors and that it is his wish to contribute to this profession through the knowledge he gains from developmental studies in children in a way that will not compromise their future. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cell: 083 316 5867