School: Omar H.S. Ebrahim Primary School
Based: Pretoria, Gauteng
I am a teacher, speaker, and youth activist. I am 28 years old, from Mpumalanga and now teaching on the outskirts of Pretoria in Lotus Gardens. I am teaching Natural Sciences and Technology and Social Sciences for grade 5.
I chose to be a teacher because I want to bridge the gap of inequalities that exist in the South African education system and the world at large. I believe that it does not matter where I come from, I will make a great teacher. Education is liberating and I wanted to be an active participant in that struggle.
A compassionate teacher promotes opportunities for development in any given context. I have faced adversities in my life, and I had to build resilience to achieve my goals. I obtained both my Bachelor of Education in Senior Phase and B. Ed (Hons) in Teacher Education and Professional Development from the University of Pretoria.
Alongside being a teacher, I am a volunteer mentor at the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and the Dell Young leaders Alumni Mentorship programme. I am also a fellow at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) 2021 cohort under Civic Leadership.
My goal in education is to change the curriculum allowing for an approach where teachers are seen as people who make learning fun and change the old traditions and norms by using technology and new pedagogy. I want to see all schools receive free, fair, and quality education. My goal for the South African education system is to have an education system that can produce young people that are creative, innovative, critical and design thinkers.