Anita Worrall

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Dr Anita Worrall is a cofounder of Thinking Schools South Africa (TSSA) and has been serving as the Chairperson of TSSA Board of Directors since its founding.

Born in Bucharest, Rumania, she grew up in Canada where she studied under celebrated cognitive psychologist Donald Hebb and his team at McGill University.

She received her doctorate on developmental and cognitive psychology at Cornell University, USA where she met her husband, a South African fellow student, Dr Denis Worrall.

Dr Worrall has many years experience working with children with developmental and learning differences. In 1978 she established Pro Ed Centre, the first trans disciplinary centre for assessment and training for children with learning and attention disorders in Cape Town.
In 1998 she established the Pro Ed House School for these children. From its inception, the curriculum at Pro Ed House has been based on meta cognitive strategies. Recently, Pro Ed House has received Global Thinking School status from the University of Exeter. To the University’s knowledge, Pro Ed House School is the only special needs school to receive such accreditation.

She has served as President of the South African Association for Learning Differences (SAALED) and as President of the International Association for Cognitive Education and Psychology (IACESA).

Together with colleagues, she founded TSSA with the goal to empower SA schools to become thinking schools and thus create a learning environment where teachers and students think creatively, critically and collaboratively. Although this goal is by no means achieved, more than 200 schools have so far been trained and more than a dozen schools have received accreditation.

In 2016 Dr Worrall received the Chancellor Medal from the University of the North West for her contributions to Cognitive Education in South Africa.