Thokozane Dyosini is a Lecturer and Author
Thokozane holds a Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase, a Bachelor of Education with Honours in Applied Language and Literacy Education and a Master of Education in Applied Language and Literacy Education from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is currently in her final year of Ph.D Candidature (Educational Leadership and Policy studies)
She is passionate about philosophy for children and making a meaningful impact in the community through various acts of kindness, and using her educational experiences and expertise as a platform to motivate others. Professionally, her expertise and passion are in Literacy Education, Foundation Phase teaching and mentorship for novice teachers.
Thokozane was featured as Destiny Magazine’s Powerful and Beautiful Women in Education in their 20’s (2018) and rated as one of News24 100 Young Mandela’s of the future (2019). She is a newly chosen Brand South Africa– “Play Your Part” Ambassador (2020) for the excellent and inspirational work she has done and continues to do through her See You At Graduation initiative. She is the sole creator of the #SeeYouAtGraduation initiative, an NPO which seeks to inspire and bring hope to students in pursuit of academic excellence.
Thokozane is a proud co-founder of Cory in the Universe alongside with former Miss South Africa which is an educational platform created to facilitate conversations around the impacts of Covid-19 in education.
Q1. WHO IS THOKOZANE DOYSINI?
Thokozane is a young woman who strives to be all that God has called her to be. She has many interests and passions. Education and philanthropy are at the core of who she is. Using education as a vessel to drive change, inspiration and an impeccable work ethic towards making a difference in the community. She is also holds PhD candidature, she is a daughter, sister, friend, aunty and most important a child of God.
Q2. WHAT PRINCIPLES DO YOU LIVE BY THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE
Treat others as you want to be treated. It is very important to live with a heart and mind of compassion, kindness and courage. Always treat others with the respect and humility that God shows you no matter how they treat you. It is not always easy, but this is one of the many principles that I live by.
Q3. WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU HAVE A PASSION FOR EDUCATION AND CHILDREN?
I have always had the passion it just took me along time to tap into it. Like most things, God has to prompt you by blocking your decisions and leading you to the path and purpose he wants for you. It was roughly in the second year of studies when I realised that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. All I knew was that I wanted to teach on a bigger platform and that God would mould my journey.
Q4. WHAT IS ONE ACHIEVEMENT YOU ARE MOST PROUD OF AND TELL US WHY?
I am most proud of my See You At Graduation initiative. It is a seed and vision that God planted in me and I was obedient to what he called me to do with it. I have the honor and privilege of watching it grow into something that brings hope, inspiration and motivation to students all over the world. The reach of this initiative has been incredible and I know that God has so much more in store for it. I have not expanded it and created an NPO where I can serve other through various drives such as the library book drive where we donated over 3000 books to a rural school.
Q5. IF THERE WOULD BE ONE REOCCURRING MESSAGE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO TEACH WOMAN WHAT WOULD IT BE?
DREAM BIG. Do it stoop chasing your dreams until you are proud of yourself, remember that you are only in competition with YOURSELF. Strive to be better that the woman you were yesterday.
Q6. LIST 2 WOMAN YOU LOOK UP TO AND 𝐓𝐄𝐋𝐋 𝐔𝐒 WHY?
My mother and Michelle Obama.
Firstly, My mother has been my inspiration all my life, I work hard to make her proud and make sure that she really has an impeccable work ethic and amazing character in how she serves God and others, I strive to be half the woman she is. Secondly, Michelle Obama is a public figure, so I do not know her personally but I have drawn so much inspiration from her career and the way she serves others through her platform. She books and her new podcast are such great resources for young women to live in their magic.
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Q7. DURING THIS CURRENT PANDEMIC,WHAT DO YOU THINK PARENTS CAN DO TO WORK HAND IN HAND WITH THE CHILD AND THE TEACHER TO KEEP THE ROUTINE OF LEARNING
Parents need to be present. Their children are going through so many challenges and changes. It is important that parents and guardians are able to understand what their child needs and cater to those specific needs.
Q8. WHAT ARE YOUR UPCOMING PROJECTS THAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?
I have so many things coming into fruition, but the one I am most hype about right now is Cory in the Universe. Myself and Ntandoyenkosi Kunene have created this educational platform to start meaningful conversation about Covid-19 and its impact on education. We are about to reveal our best kept secret on the 8th of September.
Q9. WHAT IS ONE LESSON THAT YOUR MOTHER HAS TAUGHT THAT YOU STILL CARRY TILL THIS DAY
The one lesson my mom taught me that is engraved in my heart is that God can do in a few months what I think will take years. Gods schedule is not on my timeline and as long as I do the work in and on myself,He will meet all my needs.
Q10. WHAT DOES BEING YOUNG AND SPIRITUALLY INSPIRED MEAN TO YOU?
YSI is an amazing platform where likeminded people can share their spiritual journey’s. personally, identifying as a Young and Spiritually Inspired individual means being accountable to God, being called and purposed for his glory and grace, and living a life that is a reflection of what God can do with a person who is just available for him to use as a vessel. I may be the only light that someone sees, so I have to live a life that is open to publicly displaying my love for Jesus.
𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞: Thokozane Dyosini
𝗣𝗢𝗗𝗖𝗔𝗦𝗧: Schoolin’ life with teeks
𝗜𝗡𝗦𝗧𝗔𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗠: @coryintheuniverse/ @Teachingwithteeks
𝗙𝗔𝗖𝗘𝗕𝗢𝗢𝗞: Cory in the Universe