Khayelitsha, Cape Town
300

Children Impacted

600

Books Donated

60

ECD Practitioners Trained

40

Volunteers Trained

An accredited language and literacy trainer, Thanduxolo Mkhoyi [(27]), is an ambassador for literacy. He runs a literacy development project that promotes bilingualism in his community.

“We are addressing the illiteracy crisis that we have, especially in a Township like Khayelitsha,” said the inspiring Mkhoyi. Mkhoyi found out about ACTIVATE! in 2014, while working for the Nal’ibali organisation.

“I joined to communicate with other change makers, and for my personal development, so that I could better use that to position other young people, and my work in the community,” said Mkhoyi.

When asked to unpack his journey with the ACTIVATE! network, he described it as a dynamic and an influential relationship that has continued to grow and to shape his effectiveness.”

“I am an accredited language and literacy trainer, and I had the opportunity to run training sessions and to promote reading across South Africa. In 2017, I represented South Africa on the YGAP, as a change maker, appointed by Spark International.” Indeed, the testimony by Mkhoyi is evidence that his journey impacted much on his life, and has also positively affected his target audience.

“My project has impacted more than 300 children, by donating more than 600 books, by training around 60 ECD Practitioners and 40 Volunteers,” said the proud literacy champion.

Mkhoyi defines a hero as a catalyst for change. “A hero is a person who continues to change the world and who never gives up, someone who has a calling to serve.” He considers the influential and inspirational Khayelitsha-based Pastor Xola Skosana, as his hero. According to him, Pastor Skosana has never deviated from his beliefs. “He has followed his calling, used his gift and his talents to inspire and to speak the truth to the seat of power.”

Mkhoyi is of the view that a hero should adhere to the following traits:

• Perseverance;

• Being open to learn;

• Having leadership skills; and

• Ability serve honestly and wholeheartedly.