Making effective change starts with the education of the youth, and that’s something that Noncedo Madubedube understands all too well. She is the general secretary at Equal Education, the membership-based movement of learners, post-school youth, parents and citizens striving for quality and equality in the education system through activism and analysis. By mobilising the people directly affected by problems linked to education, she’s hoping to win victories that secure a better future for more learners.
Madubedube is a queer feminist activist who is has a BA in education (maths and languages) from the University of the Western Cape. She is dedicated to developing youth politics and activism, with the long-term aim of reaching marginalised voices. Through her job at Equal Education she says she recognises the shortfalls in the education system, the inequalities that come as a result of these, and works to hold those responsible accountable.
Madubedube was recently a spokesperson for the C19 People’s Coalition regarding the troubles basic education is facing during the Covid-19 pandemic. She also hosted a children’s conference focusing on education during the pandemic. Learners were able to talk about their experience of studying in the presence of government officials.
Her biggest goal is to shift youths’ mindset and so develop robust, conscious and activated young people.
“We will always be better for having a youth that is self aware, conscious of the world around them, empathetic, brave and imaginative,” she says.