Agnecia Mokoena (18) – The leader in the making
Nka’Thuto has 22 personal stories through our Alumni that completed the program in 2017 each as compelling as the next. It is through being shown an alternative route that Illinge grade 12 student Agencia Mokoena believes her current situation is hers to fix. Having recently lost her mother to a long illness, residing in a 2 roomed back-room with 2 siblings, grandmother and uncle in Leondale (Ekurhuleni); Agnecia has interacted with mentors from similar backgrounds to her who now serve as her role models and inspiration to look beyond her circumstance. She has found a space interested in harnessing all her skills and channelling them towards a greater purpose. The Nka’Thuto programme gave her an opportunity to collaborate and partner with
Figure showing Agnecia Mokoena leading the Holo-Form team in discussion
learners from other schools on a holographic solution to the challenges they face within the education system. The name of their company is Holo-Form where her team members saw the leader in her and gave her the CEO position and responsibility to lead their business case pitch. That pitch resulted in her team winning the Ultimate TechnoPreneurship prize at the Nka’Thuto TechnoPreneurship workshop. She was able to lead a business pitch for an innovation (like most of the learners chosen by their teams to pitch their business cases) that was not her initial technological solution which shows the ability of the learners in the program to adapt and apply their knowledge beyond their own solutions. This is the true definition of application of knowledge and we saw it throughout this cohort of 22 edupropellers who form the 2017 Nka’Thuto alumni. While iSTEM fields are technical, Nka’Thuto ensure that it builds the soft skills which will ultimately allow the learners to prosper. Through the program they learn additional skills such as; leadership, team work, creative thinking, problem solving, time management, to name a few.
We are thrilled to have these 2 edupropellers in the Nka’Thuto family as we are all the learners in the program. We wish them all the best and will keep an eye on them as they progress and continue being deliberate about taking charge of their futures.