Cape Town – University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, is dancing with joy after winning the inaugural Africa Education Medal, coupled with a congratulatory message from the United State media mogul, Oprah Winfrey.
Professor Phakeng was named the winner of the inaugural Africa Education Medal, launched this year by T4 Education and HP in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft.
The Vice-Chancellor was among 10 finalists from across the continent, including the former president of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, UCT said in a statement.
— Mamokgethi Phakeng?️? (@FabAcademic) September 8, 2022
The Africa Education Medal was founded to recognise the work of changemakers who are transforming African education and to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and bring lasting change to African education.
The Vice-Chancellor took to her Twitter account to share a video of Oprah congratulating her.
Oprah, who is well known for her passion for women, was one of the people that congratulated her via a video message.
“It’s an honour recognising leaders making a positive impact on education, and I don’t know anyone who deserves it more because I’ve witnessed first hand through your support of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa how your vision and your passion and your commitment has made such a difference in the lives of so many students,
— Mamokgethi Phakeng?️? (@FabAcademic) September 7, 2022
“I honour the vital work that you do in education and I celebrate you as a forward-thinking, visionary leader for such a time as this. Congratulations, and blessings on your life,” said Oprah in the video message.
Picture: Twitter/ @UCT_ news
Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe