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Carola Petersen

Nickname: 'Rola'

Cape Town-based Educationist

Currently resides in: Western Cape, South Africa

Born in Trawal South Africa

Specialised Educator since 1986. i have worked in the field of Inclusive Education and have obtained a BA, B Ed Honnours, and Masters Degree in Inclusive Education at the University of the Western Cape. I am currently reading for my PhD in Educational Psychology at the University of the Western Cape. My title of my research is "Investigating the psycho-social support provision to learners at Schools of Skills in South Africa". I am an advocate for learners with barriers to learning and disabilities being afforded the opportunities to participate in the curriculum, I am committed to ensure that inclusive education as advocated in our White Paper 6 are realised in South Africa and that all schools become inclusive schools by 2021.

Contact details

O: 0219383177

M: 0763950681

Business Address

9 Timmerman Street, Cape Town, South Africa, 7500

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Chief Education Specialist: Head of SLES | SLES | Metro North Education District
Parow, South Africa | 1042017 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Responsible for all specialised learner and educator support to public schools in the district.

Deputy Chief Education Specialist: Special Schools Coordinator | Specialised Learner and Educator Support | Metro North Education District
Parow, South Africa | November 2014 - present

Academia, Education and Training

Responsible for all special schools in the Metro North Education District. Ensuring that all special schools become effective resource centres to full service schools by rendering and effective and efficient service to learners.

Previous Position(s)

Deputy Chief Education Specialist | Specialised Education Support | Western Cape Education Department
Cape Town, South Africa | July 2011 - October 2014

Academia, Education and Training

Managing Diversity in the Curriculum, Schools of Skills, Child and Youth Care Centres, and Schools for the Deaf and schools offering support to learners experiencing a severe intellectual barrier to learning.

Assistant Director | Inclusive Education | Department Of Basic Education
Pretoria, South Africa | April 2009 - July 2011

Academia, Education and Training

Managing Diversity in the Curriculum, Child and Youth Care Centres, Schools for the Deaf

Educator | Various Schools | Western Cape Education Department
Cape Town, South Africa | January 1986 - March 2009

Academia, Education and Training

Hold various positions including guidance counsillor, departmental heads as well as acting Deputy Principal and Center Manager: Principal on Duty

Educational history


Bellville South High School, Bellville, South Africa (1981)


University of the Western Cape

Bellville, South Africa | January 2015 - present

PhD - Educational Psychology

My research topic is titled: An investigation into the psycho social support for learners at schools of skills in South Africa.

University of Pretoria South Africa

Pretoria, South Africa | June 2010 - November 2010

Adavanced Public Management Programme - Management, Policy and Adaministration

Completed the course with Distinction

University of the Western Cape (UWC)

Bellville, South Africa | January 2006 - December 2009

M Ed - Inclusive Education

Completed my Masters degree and the focus of my thesis is: Educators' Perceptions of the appropriateness and relevance of the National Curriculum Statement for Child and Youth Care Centres. it was a case study conducted at two of the four Youth Care Centres in Western Cape.

University Of Western Cape

Bellville, South Africa | January 2005 - December 2005

PGDE - Inclusive Education

University of the Western Cape

Bellville, South Africa | January 2004 - December 2006

ACE EMAP - Management, Policy and Adaministration

University of the Western Cape

Bellville, South Africa | January 1991 - December 1991

B Ed Honnours - Inclusive Education

University of the Western Cape (RSA)

Bellville, South Africa | January 1985 - December 1985

Digher Diploma in Education (Post Graduate) - School Guidance and Afrikaans Method

University of the Western Cape

Bellville, South Africa | January 1982 - December 1985

BA - Psychology and Afrikaans



Member of the National Training Team in the CAPS Training | 2012

Served as membet on the National Training Team: Training Differentiating in CAPS

Writer and National Technical CoreTeam Member | 2014

One of the National Writers in the Curriculum for Learners experiencing severe intellectual disabilities. Serve on the Teachnical Core Team as well.

Understanding the Blue Print in Secure Care | 2012

Basic Qualification in Secure Care | 2004

Circle of Courage | 2002

OBE Training | 2001

restructuring the curriculum to meet the needs of the SMH learner | 1998

restructuring the curriculum to meet the needs of the SMH learner | 1998

International Computers Drivers' Lisence | 2007

Restorative Justice: Reflections, Past, Present and Future | 2010

CAMI | 2006

Attended the CAMI EDUSUITE

Well Managed Classroom | 2007

Attended the Workshop

Developmental Assessment of Learners at Risk | 2008

Completed the course

5th Annual Airports Company South African Disability Conference | 2009

Attended the Conference leading to the 2010 Soccer World Cup

Certifcate of Attendance | 2010

Attended and Participated in a workshop on Restorative Justice: Reflections Past, Present and Future

Shortlist and nomination

Shortlisted for various Principals and Deputy principals posts | 1998

Shortlisted and Nominated for the Senior Education Specialist: Life Orientation in the Eden Central Karoo education District | 2009

Shortlisted for the Chief Education Specialist: Specialised Education in 2011 | 2011

Nominated for the Local Government Ward Councillor: Kraaifontein | 2000

Nominated for the Local Government Ward Councillor: Kraaifontein | 1996

Academic Achievements

Obtained an average of a C-symbol in my HDE year whilst finalising my degree amidst being in a continual state of boycotts | 1985

Obtained an average of a B-symbol in my B Ed Honnours course - part-time | 1991

Obtained 5 A-symbols in my ACE-EMAP Course | 2005

Top Student | 1981

Managed to obtain one of the top ten students thorughout my High School Career

Top Student | 1976

Managed to obtained Top 3 throughout my Primary School Career

Obtained a C in my M Ed | 2009

My Supervisor wanted the degree to be awarded as a distinction but it was decided that the rules is that an avarage of the external examiners has to be calculated.

Completed the AMPD with Distinction | 2010

Whilst being a full-time official at the Department of Basic education, I have completed this course with distinction

Top Student | 2005

One of the two top students in the ACE-EMAP course since its inception at UWC.

Other Achievements

Writer of the Nail and Beauty Technology Learning programme for SID Learners | 2014

Serve on the Technical Core Team of the SID Learning Programme | 2014

Internaltional Computer Driver's Lisence | 2007

Serve on a National Task team for the School of Skills Curriculum | 2011

member of the National Training team for the CAPS | 2013

Member of the national Training team for the CAPS | 2012

Started the Academic Department at Kraaifontein CYCEC | 2002

Reworked the Curriculum for learners that are severley intellectually disabled at Rusthof Special School to enhance a school-to- | 1999

Founding Member of the Road Race Club at Kraaifontein YCC | 2003

Founding member of the Children's Project of SANCO in Scottsville | 2000

One of the Founding members of the ANC Branch: Kraaifontein | 1991

One of the Founding members of the SANCO Branch: Kraaifontein | 1990

Founding member of the Blackheah Support Group | 2012

Bringing the community of Blackheath together, current inhabitants as well as previous inhabitants. Share ideas and work together to uplift the community



University of the Western Cape Alumni

Member, August 2014 - present

Bellville South High School Alumni member

Member and mentor, January 2011 - present

Kraaifontein YCC Road Race Club

Secreatry , January 2005 - March 2009


Secretary, April 2012 - present


various Executive Positions on site, branch and regional level, January 1990 - present


Organiser, January 1986 - December 1989

African National Congress

member and member of the Branch Executive, January 1991 - present

Served on various structures within the ANC Kraaifontein Branch since its inception in1991.


Chairperson until 2000, January 1985 - December 2000

I served the community of Kraaifontein and the District as secretary, advice office convenor, childrens' project convenor and the chairperson.


Kraaifontein Advice Office

Counsellor and Coordinator, January 1985 - December 2000

Children's Project

Founding Member, January 1990 - December 2000


Chairperson , January 1990 - December 2000


Secretary, April 2012 - present

Other Activities

Arts and Crafts

maker, 1998 - present


Reader, August 1963 - present


Jurgens Gouws

"Mev Petersen het getoon dat sy n onderwyseres is in murg en been met n opregte passie en deernis vir erge gedragsmoeilike leerders. Voorts is sy n persoon met sterk leiereinskappe wat nie skroom om dit voluit te leef nie en deel dit graag aan almal mee. Mev Petersen is ook deurgaans op hoogte van alle toepaslike onderwyswetgewing buite onderwysverband wat sy nuttig binne die en buite werksverband aanwend." - 2005

Dr Clarence Williams

"During this past two years of part-time study Ms Petersen has been an exemplary student as far as class addentance and dilligence are concerned. She has just completed the Adavanced Certificate in Education with A symbols in four of the nine modules , and an average of 75%. This is truly a remarkable achievement for a part-time student. In fact, Ms Petersen has been one of the top two students in the Adavnced Certificate in Education focusing on educational leadership and management since 2000. her insightful, critical and balanced contribution to class discussions has been invaluable, and she has demonstrated a wonderful insight into current debates on educational leadership and management. " - 2005

Marie Schoeman

"the combination of her leadership abilities and deep understanding of the principles of human rights and inclusive education, made her a key member of the small transformational team leading the process at a national level. She is a good researcher, reads widely in latest literature in Inclusive education and shares knowledge during departmental seminars and think tanks. She is an articulate public speaker, has outstanding inter-personal skills and is also meticulous in all administrative tasks. her time management is excellent which ensures that any unit she would be leading will be effective and efficient." - 2011

George Mathye

"carola has an extensive knowledge and experience with regard to curriculum and curriculum adaptation for learners with barriers to learning and serve on the task team interrogating the NCS and the apllicability for those learners with barriers to learning." - 2009

Sigamoney Naicker

"She has impressed me as a dedicated student. her enthusiasm and drive are qualities that would hold her in good stead for the future." - 1991

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