An aspiring Educational Analyst, dedicated to research and improving the conditions of those most disadvantaged and neglected in the Education system.

 

I was born in Eastern Cape, in a rural area called Welcome-wood (KwaNomawuteni) near King Williams Town. With my five siblings we were raised by a single mother who earned a domestic wage. As a girl who grew up in a village that is face with socio-economic issues such unemployment, illiteracy, poverty and teenage pregnancy. My background continues to motivate me, it has instilled the value for education as well as a hunger to contribute to society.

In 2009, I moved to Cape Town to continue with my secondary studies at Thandokhulu High School. In 2012, with hard work and dedication I matriculated. It has nearly been 7 years in this journey, I have a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in Organisational Psychology, and, Public Policy and Administration. As well as, an Honours degree in Public Policy and Administration (Research topic: implementation challenges of school infrastructure in South Africa). I am currently doing my first year Masters’ in Education Policy, Leadership and Change. I am a recipient of the MasterCard Foundation Scholarship awarded in recognition of commitment to change-making in Africa

My passion for education is inspired by my background and my UCT experience as student and former employee. I have worked in school community projects and student development programmes at UCT to support high school learners and university students psychologically, financially and academically. Through mentorship, administration (registration & funding), tutoring, and, motivational workshops.

As a research student and an aspiring education analyst my goal is to critically analyse and engage in global education policy discourses in order to understand the reality of our public education system; basic and higher education. As well as, the positionality of those who come from the most disadvantaged schools and poor communities in institutions of learning.
Letitia is a critical thinker, hard worker, and someone who wants to contribute to change through research and education programmes that support the most disadvantaged schools.