Transforming the status quo through youth development and education has to start from the ground up, and requires passionate and dedicated individuals. Individuals such as Katlego Thwane, teacher and founding chief executive of the Atlegang Bana Foundation, an organisation dedicated to honouring children’s curiosity and enriching and inspiring them to reach their fullest potential. Thwane is using community outreach and partnerships with schools to offer the right resources and knowledge, to make the biggest possible impact on the lives of children who need it most.
It’s tireless work, but he has been getting deserved recognition for his efforts. He was recognised by LeadSA Heroes on e.tv, won The Young Community Shapers Award and was awarded the prize in the Education category at the SA Men Awards. Thwane has also collaborated with Hollywoodbets and La Liga on community outreach programmes, a significant career milestone.
His drive comes from the satisfaction of seeing change and transformation in the youth, and the promise of better standards of living and education for the children of tomorrow. It’s vital to inspire them to believe they, too, can impact the community in the same way Thwane has, with the hope of instilling values into the leaders of the next generation.
There’s a lot of worth in your resilience, he explains, and if your faith in your ambitions is wavering, it’s your ability to not give up that is decisive.
“When all else seems to have knocked you down and you’ve run out of direction, remember that there is always a new day with new hope and beginnings.”