Student and intern teacher Iviwe Mtubu is determined to fight the education system that allows poverty to hinder a child’s opportunities. He’s a director at SHAWCO, a student-led organisation that designs programmes to enhance township education, and is introducing a mentorship initiative for matric learners in Gugulethu with IkamvaYouth Gugulethu. Most township kids have few post-matric possibilities, lack academic help at home and may have poor mental health from the strain. To alleviate that, each student is guided by someone from a similar background who has triumphed. Mtubu is a teaching intern at an affluent school, where he educates privileged students about flaws in the system. “South Africa’s education system is very uneven, with race and money determining whether you have a better or worse schooling experience,” he says. He juggles all this while completing a bachelor in social sciences, majoring in environmental and geographical science, history and industrial sociology.
Striving for excellence is my way of giving thanks for the opportunities I have been given — and earning them.