When Fisokuhle Lushaba, 17, realised that she would struggle to find a job one day, she decided to help other young people who face a similar fate. In 2017, she started the Pace Foundation in Zola, Soweto.
She believes that, in order to build a better South Africa, you have to start from the roots, hence “quality education for all” is her motto. Her vision for the foundation was for it to cultivate leaders and help her peers acquire the fundamental skills necessary to find jobs. Lushaba started organising career expos, giving talks at schools in the area to motivate students to study hard, and giving lessons in debating to 10 young children from Hector Peterson Primary School in order to cultivate creative, critical and independent thinking.
In July 2017, the Pace Foundation organised the “Share the Warmth” campaign, which aimed to assist communities in Soweto with winter essentials – collecting socks, shoes, warm clothes and blankets for needy students and households.
She also launched a campaign to create awareness about the benefits of gardening and environmental issues, as well as a sisterhood mentorship that helps girls deal with gender-based violence and other issues they might struggle with in their daily lives. Â
You can connect with her on LinkedIn here.
Nominated in category: Visionary