Vinolia’s Story: From behind the switchboard and into the classroom

Today sees thousands of learners and teachers start the 2018 school year.  For one new teacher, Vinolia Manganye, this will be a very special day in her life as she begins her career at the LEAP Science and Maths School in Linbro Park near Alexandria.  

“My journey began as a humble receptionist at the LEAP School. I am passionate about children and wanted to make a meaningful difference in their lives.  I was introduced to the Future Leaders programme which allowed me to improve my career and study to become a teacher,” explains Vinolia.

“We are especially proud of Vinolia’s journey as she moved from behind the switchboard and into the classroom. To meet education demands, South Africa desperately needs thousands of new teachers like her a year,” says Nigel Richard, managing director of GTI.

“Teacher internships like our Future Leaders Programme allow a young person from an under-resourced community to study towards a university degree while at the same time obtaining practical work experience. ”

Today, Vinolia will begin teaching Social Science in for Grades 8 and 9 full-time at LEAP, the same school where five years ago she worked as a receptionist.

“I am ready and feel excited about today. I look forward to using my skills in co-operative learning to encourage learners to work together, preparing them for the world of work in a diverse South Africa,” concludes Vinolia.