“I am in love with science education and what it can do for a black child, if done correctly,” says Kelebogile Nthutang. “Finding meaningful ways of teaching and learning wakes me up every morning.” Nthutang (30) is an educator involved in various organisations, including her own educational solutions company, ke Aone Holdings. She loves technology and project-based learning as a form of teaching and addressing societal issues, including harnessing the power of social media for educational purposes.
Her pet hates are people who do not respect education, teachers who tell kids they amount to nothing, and the educational gaps that still exist in black communities.
Her career began when she enrolled for a BSc in biology at North-West University in 2005; she graduated in 2008. She now holds a postgraduate certificate in education and a postgraduate diploma in project management, conferred with distinctions from Unisa and the Management College of South Africa, respectively.
She works with Teach, a non-profit organisation that recruits, trains, places and supports excellent young graduates to improve the quality of education around the country. Her first role with Teach was as a change agent in a deeply rural area around Tzaneen. While she was there she started an English tournament that was funded by the local municipality. She also co-facilitated various programmes in the school she was placed in, including Unicef Girls and Boys Education Movements, and a Cell C and department of trade and industry’s Technogirls initiative to interest girls in science and technology. She was also involved with an after-school centre that looked after orphans.
In 2013 she moved to a Leap Science and Maths school in Jane Furse as a head of the sciences department, where she also initiated an English tournament. “The following year I was elevated to the school management team,” she says.
In 2014, Nthutang became the first African to attend the Project Based Learning conference in California, one of the world’s leading conferences in the field of education for Project Based Learning.
She is also on the board of the Makhuduthamaga Home Community-based Care Umbrella that works from Jane Furse Hospital in Mpumalanga. It co-ordinates and empowers community-based organisations that work in 146 villages by helping people affected by a range of illnesses.
Nthutang is a mother of two and a district examiner for life sciences.
— Lesley Stones
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