THE INTERVIEW · Malebina TSOTSOTSO, Founder MTutor & Margaret Junior Africa 2022

How have you been since receiving your Margaret Award?

Ever since receiving my Margaret Award, I have continued my work on developing and improving the MTutor E-learning Platform. With this award I was able to benefit quite a bit from the Media Exposure as well as the scholarship that has helped me with my enrollment at the African Leadership Academy in my home country, South Africa.

 

What is the African Leadership Academy?

The African Leadership Academy is a unique Pre-University institution whose main objective is to develop a new generation of young African leaders who will “Lead the continent towards lasting peace and shared prosperity for all”. Through its selective curriculum, ALA seeks to challenge its young leaders intellectually and otherwise in order for them to recognize their academic and leadership potential.

 

Why was it so important for you to join the African Leadership Academy?

The reason why I feel that it is important for me to attend the African Leadership Academy is because I believe that my time at ALA will truly shape me into the leader I aspire to be. As of yet, I only have a dream of what a Beautiful and prosperous Africa would look like, however, at ALA I would be afforded the opportunity of acquiring the skills needed to make that dream a reality. At ALA, I will not only learn what makes a good leader, but I will also be mentored into applying my leadership skills in my field of facilitating equitable access to quality education for everyone, as well as establishing networks with other upcoming African leaders enrolled at the school. I feel as though the academy will be a big part of my journey as a leader.

 

Walk us through the journey ahead.

There is still a lot to learn, not just from academics at ALA, but from my peers at ALA as well. Networking is very key for my journey ahead, both in the public and private sectors. I intend to secure partnerships and sponsorships from the private sector and NGOs in order to enable the accessibility of MTutor by more public schools and children from less privileged communities. It is also very important for me to get the buy-in of local governments and communities in embracing e-learning (and thereby MTutor) as a tool to ensure equitable access to education for all.

Once I have graduated from the Academy, I will focus all of my attention on expanding MTutor’s reach and education offerings in communities here in South Africa and eventually the rest of the African continent. I will continue to develop more areas of MTutor that will address different educational challenges.

 

Anything you would like to add?

Whilst ensuring access to equitable education is my primary focus, I do believe that health remains one of the top developmental challenges in Africa. It is for this reason that I plan to develop MHealth in the not-so-distant future to address equitable access to health resources especially in the rural areas.

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