Jane Evans is a name that has earned enormous respect in Early Childhood Development (ECD) circles. She has held positions on a number of ECD government bodies, as well as serving as a trustee, including the Helen Suzman Foundation, the St Anne’s School board of governors, PAST and the Lee Berger Foundation for Exploration Trust.
Evans has a particular interest in palaeoanthropology, palaeontology and archaeology. She has received a number of awards, including ‘Woman of the Year’ awarded by the Star newspaper, The Johannesburg College of Education’s Rectors Gold medal ‘for exceptional contribution to education in South Africa’, and the Chancellor’s Medal awarded by the University of Pretoria.
In 2021 she published her memoir, A Path Unexpected, where Evans tells her life story, about working as a journalist in the big city before moving to the small and, in some instances, backward town of Viljoenskroon where she created a non-profit organisation to provide education and training for the wives and children of farm labourers during the height of apartheid.