Mzwakhe Xulu is the cofounder of Calibrating Minds Society, a non-profit organisation that advances academic excellence high schools in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal. As the organisation’s chairperson, Xulu oversees tutoring, career expo and interschool debating programmes. He also runs the annual Empangeni Debating League. “Learners who participate in these debating competitions enhance their self-confidence and gain the skills necessary for professional and academic success,” he says. In just under a year as an educator at Zakhe Agricultural College, Xulu was appointed as a lead educator by the KwaZulu-Natal department of education. This was in 2016, after his school’s matric results were the best in the district under his tutelage. “I’d like to equip young people to be great communicators and leaders, who claim a stake in the discourse on issues that affect our country and contribute meaningful solutions towards the challenges we face in the 21st century.”
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