Early Bird Deadline is Closing In.  Grown Unschoolers Share Their Experience.  
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Learning Reimagined Family Conference 11/12 February 2017
Registration Open.

What Grown Unschoolers Do?

This is the BIG QUESTION many of us have on our mind. Claire and I both had this very question when we started this journey with our respective families. There are a great many stories out there of unschoolers or homeschoolers in other countries that we read about with interest.  Dr Peter Gray, author and researcher on Self Directed Learning has also written on grown unschoolers.  But we don't only want to know what they do, we want to know about the journey.  How was it?  What were the highlights and the low lights?  What are your reflections now, looking back?

That is why we are really excited about sending this newsletter out and we can't wait to sit in on this session ourselves. We are truly honoured to have two incredibly inspiring young women – Jenayne Jenneker and Tarsha Jenneker – agree to come share their experience of their journey with us and answer the many questions many of us have.

They will present an interactive session with parents, sharing their journey and reflections and answer our questions.

They will also facilitate a “Frank Talk' teens only session – providing a safe, supportive and really essential space to reflect on this journey outside schooling, and to alleviate all these fears and doubts that seem to plague so many teens when they get to a certain age.

Meet Jenayne

Jenayne Jenneker is currently a senior events coordinator at an internationally award winning catering company, Vicky Crease Catering. She attained a certificate in Business and Marketing Management, all while working in the events and lifestyle industry. She has successfully pulled off events for celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Dr Ray (Hollywood's famous plastic surgeon) and so many more!

Being homeschooled allowed her the flexibility to travel to places like California, New York, Nigeria and Ghana and have so many amazing experiences while meeting people from different cultures.

Not having any friends that were homeschooled made it tough for anyone to understand and she also had to deal with judgment, but remained a true believer in learning through living!

Jenayne is currently working towards owning her own events and catering company and hopes to one day be able to put her own personal stamp on memorable amazing events!


Meet Tarsha

Tarsha Leigh Jenneker is a second year, top performing, BCom Law student at the University of the Witwatersrand.  Her strong academic performance resulted in her being awarded membership into the Golden Key International Honour Society. The Honour Society connects high achieving individuals with each other locally, regionally and globally.  In 2012, Tarsha was crowned First Princess at the Miss SA Teen pageant. Being homeschooled allowed Tarsha to explore being a photographic and commercial model where she worked with brands such as Lipton, KFC and Jet clothing. In 2012 Tarsha presented a radio show for Trans Africa Radio. She is a self taught graphic/web designer. Being "free" from the schooling system, has given Tarsha "Mental freedom" - to explore whatever interests she had.

One of Tarsha's mottos is "I can do/learn ANYTHING, if I put my mind to it"

“I can do/learn ANYTHING if I put my mind to it"
~ Tarsha Leigh Jenneker

Teens and Young Adults Design Their Own Utopia.  

When I (Zakiyya) proposed this to my sons, one of my boys gave me an expression I really couldn't read (I suspect he wasn't impressed) while the other thought it was an awesome idea. One of the other teens I shared this idea thought it was 'very cool' (her words) and immediately turned to her Mom to confirm that they're attending.  So I am guessing some of the teens and young adults are going to love this session and others are going to stay out. Thank goodness all participation is completely optional.

If you're wondering what Design Your Own Utopia is about, it's a collaborative discussion and brainstorm designed around a series of questions that help you think through how would like society to function. It can be quite an empowering process.

Some of the benefits of this process are:

  • It helps you develop a vision for the kind of beautiful society you dream of,
  • It helps inspire you to work in tangible and positive ways towards that vision.
  • It encourages you to become more intentional about the utilising the control you do have to exercise more power over your own life.

Early Bird Deadline is looming 

The early bird registration deadline is 29 October 2016. Great to see the many registrations coming in.  We're personally can't wait for next February for what we know would be an amazing space to connect in.  So register now if you're planning on attending. 

In Closing

As always, we would love to hear from you if you have any questions or suggestions, You can connect with us via email on or via the Learning Reimagined Conference Facebook Group.
Looking forward to meeting you all. 


Zakiyya and Claire

P.S. Get your registration in soon 

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