Education activist Sizi Matthews Botsime says that he wants to see a South Africa that’s diverse in every sphere: “A society in which people look, embrace and unite in their diversity … that each person will be getting an opportunity without any bias.”
It is in his work that he strives to achieve this dream. He is the founder of the Sizi Botsime Foundation, an education initiative that focuses on empowering children living with disabilities, and their parents, while at the same time bridging the gap between abled and differently abled people and promoting inclusion for differently abled children.
Botsime was a part of the Activate Change Drivers programme and acquired the skills to empower and transform the lives of the people in where he lives. He also has a BA in psychology (Nelson Mandela University), a postgrad certificate in education (Rhodes University) and an advanced diploma in remedial education (University of Johannesburg).
Botsime says one of his proudest moments was becoming the first South African to receive the Global Teachers Award in India in 2018. Winning the award was a good moment for someone who sometimes doubted his abilities.
“Self-doubt is our greatest foe,” he says to those on a similar learning curve. “Never underestimate yourself because you are more than capable and our limits lie in our cognition.”