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Kudakwashe Foya

Zimbabwe & University of Cape Town, 2024

Kudakwashe is a youth empowerment enthusiast, with 6 years of experience in the educational and professional development space as a teacher, mentor, researcher, and co-founder. She started teaching at 19 years a career that spanned four years.

This translated into mentoring social impact entities at events like the MIT Grand Hackathon, and Merge Policython, mentoring 15+ impact projects solving global challenges in health and education. Subsequently, she mentored as a Peace First Regional Ambassador, mentoring "The book campaign project" which provided textbooks and library access to students in Gwanda. Consequently, coordinating the first in-person SSA Peace First Impact room session. She co-founded a social impact entity called The LA Initiative which works to democratize educational and professional development opportunities and has now engaged youths, mentors, and speakers across 9 countries.

As a Say What research fellow, a program supported by the Swedish embassy, she researched inclusive education for students of determination in times of systemic disruptions like COVID-19, to inform policies that govern inclusive education in tertiary institutions. Ultimately, receiving recognition as a social impact leader from The Emy Africa wards as a nominee for the Youth Change Maker Award, The Varkey Foundation as a Global Student Prize Finalist, The Diana Award, UNICEF Innocenti, Aspire Institute, and Crisis UK amongst other forms of recognition.

Kudakwashe is an avid believer in volunteering within different educational platforms, therefore she has volunteered with the Royal Commonwealth Society as a judge for the Queen's Commonwealth essay contest for 2022 and 2023.

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