Emma Mphahlele

African Youth Ignited 4ir NPC

What does your company do?

We teach children in elementary public schooling the skills of Coding and Robotics.

What is your biggest success?

Starting kidsinnovateafrica.com and seeing it grow organically from sheer self determination and support from unexpected people! This business focuses on the middle to upper class offering Robotics and coding at a centre and at private homes of customers. It is financing the growth of africanyouthignited.org (PBO). I moved from having zero customers to having over 16 so rapidly with parents that are truly invested in the advancement of their children. I managed to get a contract to offer Robotics at one of the best public high schools in Cape Town. I feel so blessed and thankful to have left my Corporate employment to do what I absolutely love!

What has been your biggest hurdle?

Getting access to public schools has been a challenge. Even though we were offering our services for very nominal amount, it has been a challenge to convince Heads of IT in public schools that our services are fundamental to their school's success. Some teachers see the value, however, they lack the urgency required to help us implement our programs in their schools. However, we found the SGB to be really supportive of our program.

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