Ms Thandolwethu Jele
Science Teacher, School of Hope, Thembalitsha Foundation
Thandolwethu is a dynamic, curious and enthusiastic individual. She completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training), majoring in Natural Sciences and Life Sciences Education at the University of Cape Town (2021). She previously graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a BSc in Agriculture (Agribusiness: Wildlife Management Science), 4-year Honours equivalent qualification. Thandolwethu is passionate about youth empowerment and education. Thandolwethu is a Science Teacher at School of Hope, Thembalitsha Foundation. Her interest in education involves giving back to the community. She has previously volunteered with the Community Development Association (CDA) and currently volunteers with Seed4Youth. Both organisations aim to empower high school learners with leadership skills and pathways to post-secondary education and training opportunities. Thandolwethu's dedication to education is supported by the Jakes Gerwel Fellowship (JGF). The JGF is a full university scholarship that provides extensive mentoring and leadership development to help Candidate Fellows become expert teachers, educational leaders and social entrepreneurs. Thandolwethu's achievements include: Mandela Washington Fellowship: Fellow, University of Georgia, 2019; Black Women In Science: Fellow, 2019-2020; L. R. Carney Prize In Zoology, Vertebrate Biology, UKZN, 2015; Eskom Expo for Young Scientists: Nationals, Gold Medal (2011), Bronze (2010).