Change is in your pocket

The Big Issue is a socially responsible non-profit organisation that enables willing unemployed and marginalised adults to take responsibility for their own lives through a developmental employment programme.
Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi’s

Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi’s case for science

For Dr Fanelwa Ngece- Ajayi, a research leader in the field of drug metabolism nanobiosensors for antiretrovirals and tuberculosis treatment drugs, furthering your education is not enough – you also need to help educate others.

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Photography: Harriet Box

Article: Courtesy of Institutional Advancement/ University of the Western Cape

Dr Fanelwa Ngece-Ajayi, a senior lecturer in science at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), established and leads a non-profit organisation, AmaQawe ngeMfundo, which aims to change the negative stereotypes about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at township schools.

The organisation visits schools with makeshift equipment and exciting experiments to promote STEM. “With enough willpower, any child can succeed, no matter their living conditions and background. These factors never de ne you, or are limiting factors when it comes to a child’s potential. My advice is to build hope and to have a plan.”

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