Masiza describes herself as a passionate literacy activist, a book lover, a coordinator of writing and reading clubs and a mentor for young readers. She grew up in rural KwaZulu-Natal and has been working the NGO sector since 2013; mostly as a fieldworker for leadership and environmental education activities and events. Masiza joined the Story Powered Schools project through Nalíbali’s FUNda Leader programme and gives further expression to her passion for SA’s youth by producing content for the youth show on her local community radio station.
Bonisani has a long history of community volunteering and excels in facilitating, coordinating and managing development projects. With ten years’ experience in working with young people in not-for-profit programmes, he is well versed in establishing and running programmes in new areas.
Cokisa started her career as a fieldworker for the South African State Theatre where she used dramatic art as an educational tool to mentor and support young people while building their confidence and self-expression through performance. No stranger to the power of stories and storytelling, Cokisa also has experience in project managing and co-ordinating awareness campaigns for young people. Having grown up in rural Eastern Cape herself, the development and advancement of its people is a cause close to her heart.
Hailing from a background in child and youth work, Bongikosi has been involved in establishing and facilitating community- and school-based children’s clubs where he taught life skills, leadership workshops, provided basic counselling and coordinated and conducted reading clubs. Bongikosi enjoys working with young people and has a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Bunker Hill Community College in the USA.
A passionate literacy activist, Asanda has volunteered as a community literacy agent since her student days. She has a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Fort Hare and grew up in rural Eastern Cape. In 2016 she initiated a literacy campaign for children and the elderly in the Joe Gcabi District Municipality; establishing reading clubs, writing sessions and poetry readings. She is a welcome addition to the Story Powered Schools project team!
Thulani has a Social Science Honours Degree in Development Studies from the University of Fort Hare and a Career Guidance Practitioner’s certificate from UNISA. For the past three years he has been a volunteer at the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development facilitating literacy projects in the Eastern Cape. He has also facilitated various other literacy projects in South Africa and supported youth camps for young people with few resources on a volunteer basis.
Zenkcubeko grew up in the Maluti district in the Eastern Cape. Passionate about working with young people in rural communities, she has a diploma in Youth Development from the University of South Africa. Prior to joining the Story Powered Schools project Zenkcubeko worked with the African Solutions to African Problems programme, helping to facilitate and monitor holistic community development interventions in schools, households and communities.
Since moving to the small town of Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal in early 2016, Nokuphumla has been working as a volunteer running running after-school programmes for children. Previously working for the City of Cape Town in the Social Development and Early Childhood Development Departments as a Community Family Officer, her constant focus has been on children in schools and she is particularly passionate about the advancement of children and education in rural areas.