Paper Title
A Systems Analytical Approach to Education: A Theoretical Perspective

This study illustrates the multidimensional, complex challenges faced by the education system in South Africa particularly and in Africa in general. The research which was based mainly on a review of existing literature aimed to explore the influence of meso- (viz. education and gender), macro- (viz. education and crime) and supranational (viz. educational mobility) components of educational systems. A systems analytical approach was utilized as theoretical underpinning. From the review it was evident that the relationship between education and other system processes (for example crime, and gender equality) involves a combination of horizontal and vertical relationships. Index Terms— education, empowerment, systems approach, gender, crime, education system harmonization, South Africa, higher education.