Young Professionals Corner: Meet Simone Smith
My name is Simone Smith and I am currently a research methodology facilitator and at Nka’Thuto EduPropeller. I was first introduced to Nka’Thuto EduPropeller in 2017 when I was approached to be a judge at one of the Innovation expos in 2017, and I was blown away. The level of thinking, research and effort that went into each of the projects displayed by the students was remarkable. The goal of Nka’Thuto EduPropeller as an organisation really touched my heart as the lack of motivation among the youth of South Africa, specifically in previously disadvantaged backgrounds, to seek further education and a better future hits home. I joined Nka’Thuto EduPropeller because I believe in what the organisation stands for. I believe that empowering the youth towards innovative thinking is vital not only to themselves but also to their communities. As a research facilitator my goal is not only to spark an interest in STEM based learning but also to motivate the learners to start thinking about their futures from a young age, and not see their age and problems faced within their homes and communities as barriers. Rather, to use their challenges as a stepping stone to not only better their future but to also help promote education, growth and employment within their communities and all around South Africa.
Written By Simone Smith