Meet education specialists Edna and Corinne

Edna Freinkel, the winner of the Absa Jewish Achiever Awards’ Europcar Women in Leadership Award 2019, will deliver a talk at a Women’s International Zionist Organisation (WIZO) gathering on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.

Joining Edna will be her daughter, Corinne Ossendryver. The mother and daughter duo are passionate education activists, who are following in the footsteps of their mom and grandmother, Rebecca Ostrowiak. Rebecca was a literacy pioneer who developed a multi-sensory approach to learning to read in the 1920s.

Edna has dedicated her life to fighting one of the greatest societal ills – illiteracy – and has received numerous accolades over the years.

In 2017, she received a Lifetime Achiever award as one of CEO Global’s ‘most influential women in business and government’. Other recipients included Graca Machel, Wendy Ackerman, Carol Brown and Professor Glenda Gray.

In 2004, Edna received the South African Presidential Award of the Order of Baobab for her lifelong dedication to the development of specialised learning methods for the learning impaired and in 2010, she was awarded the UNISA Outstanding Educator Award.

Although she is in her late 80s, the resident of Rand Aid’s Elphin Lodge retirement village has said she cannot retire while there are still South Africans who cannot read or write.

Corinne has designed and produced interactive computer lessons for schools in Israel, the United States, South Africa and Kenya. One of her products, ‘Message in a Fossil’, won several awards in the United States, including ComputED Gazette’s Best Children’s Educational Software Award in upper elementary science, Curriculum Administrator’s Top 100 District’s Choice Award and the 1997 Technology and Learning Software Award for Science.

She has a BSc in Computer Science from the University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa) and a Master in Education degree in Communication and Education through Computers from Tel Aviv University.

The talk takes place at 9.30am for 10am at the Beyachad Building, 2 Elray Street, Raedene. The cost is R45, which includes tea and refreshments.

To book, call Lauren at 011 645-2515 or email

Edna Freinkel.


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