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Delecia Davids

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2020

Delecia Davids is driven by curiosity and seeks to help young people uncover their purpose through learning, coaching and mentorship. She holds a Master's Degree in Education Policy Studies and an Honours Degree in Education Development and Democracy from Stellenbosch University, both of which she graduated cum laude. She is currently a lecturer and early-career researcher at SU, specialising in teacher education related to curriculum innovation, educational technology, and research on student development in co-curricular spaces. Her publications include peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and her educational innovations have been featured in popular media and news platforms such as Carte Blanche, The Insider SA, Expresso and 50/50.

Her previous work experience includes co-curriculum programme development and research related to student leadership in higher education institutions and consulting work for companies related to e-learning course development.

Guided by her teaching and research interests, Delecia's involvement in social impact has led her to develop after-school development programmes for learners which focus on digital literacy and career readiness. She is also a Board Member of the Mido Foundation, a non-profit in Jamestown, Stellenbosch, which aims to decrease youth unemployment through digital enablement.

Delecia is a certified Gallup/Clifton Strengths Coach specialising in strengths-based leadership development. She is the speaker curator and licensee role at TEDxStellenbosch, which provides a platform for local ideas worth spreading. Delecia is a Stellenbosch and Michigan State University Ubuntu Dialogues Fellow and a recipient of the Honorary Award from the International Golden Key Society for her academic, leadership and service achievements.

Delecia also has a deep love for the environment and believes that education is a core aspect of addressing the climate crisis. Because of this, she has been the Curiosity Coach and Programme Developer of Matrics in Antarctica, which has led a nationwide educational competition to find five environmentally conscious grade 12 learners since its inception in 2020. Delecia was a part of the group of students, educators, and world-renowned explorers on the expedition to Antarctica, which took place in December 2022.

She is currently pursuing a PhD in Education at Stellenbosch University and hopes to contribute to a nuanced understanding of education, technology and society towards equitable educational outcomes in Africa.


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