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Basheera Surty

Basheera Surty is a qualified Occupational Therapist who founded an organisation that helps support children with disabilities gain access to quality therapy and education.

The 32-year-old from Midrand, Johannesburg, is also a social entrepreneur, which led her to forming Diketo Inclusive Education. Through the initiative she trains early childhood development practitioners, teachers and primary caregivers of children with disabilities and developmental delays, how to create inclusive play areas and learning spaces for all children.

Equality and non-discrimination are the focuses of Surty’s work and she tries to achieve this through the creation of innovative programmes and new policies which will provide access to quality therapy and education to children with disabilities in underprivileged communities.

She has presented her work at UNICEF conferences and Department of Basic Education knowledge building seminars. She has also headed a mentorship programme for school pupils through the University of Witwatersrand’s Occupational Therapy Department and worked with non-profit organisations like Cotlands, Malamulele Onward, which serve underprivileged communities.

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Nominated in category: Leadership

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