Zimbabwean STEM Teacher Receives $250K Award to End Poverty

Nkosana Masuku awarded 2023 Global Citizen Prize Cisco Youth Leadership Award

Bulawayo-based Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku was recently announced as the recipient of the 2023 Global Citizen Cisco Youth Leadership Award, which was established in 2018 by Cisco and Global Citizen to celebrate an individual aged between 18 and 30 whose leadership, dedication, and innovation is contributing towards ending extreme poverty in their community.  

"Thanks to Cisco and Global Citizen, I'm excited to announce that I am the winner of the Cisco Youth Leadership Award! This prize will help me continue working to make STEM education more accessible to students across Zimbabwe and end extreme poverty," said Masuku, the Founder & CEO Phenomtech-Sciency Learning.

Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku awarded the 2023 Global Citizen Prize Cisco Youth Leadership Award

The 28-year-old former STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) rural school teacher and an alumnus of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, based in Bulawayo Zimbabwe will receive a $250,000 grant to enable Sciency Learning’s continued growth, a platform that offers applied and practical STEM education to pupils across Zimbabwe at a low cost, to help in decreasing dropout rates and advancing STEM development in poor communities. 

This year’s Global Citizen Prize Citizen Award recognizes four trailblazing activists who are profoundly impacting their local communities across food security, climate change, civic space, and sexual and reproductive health, in the fight to end extreme poverty, demand equity, and protect the planet, in line with Global Citizen’s campaign to End Extreme Poverty NOW. 

The other three Global Citizen Award winners are namely Deja Foxx, USA activist and founder of GenZ Girl Gang. Pashtana Durrani, social and political rights activist & Executive Director of LEARN based in Afghanistan. Wangari Kuria, Founder & CEO of Farmer on Fire Ltd based in Kenya and Ineza Umuhoza Grace from Rwanda, Global Coordinator & Co-Found of the Loss and Damage Youth Coalition.

The award recipients will be honoured at a ceremony taking place during the Global Citizen NOW summit at The Glasshouse in New York City on Thursday, April 27. The ceremony will be hosted by actress, humanitarian, and Global Citizen Ambassador Nomzamo Mbatha and feature appearances by Sabrina Dhowre Elba, Chair of Global Citizen's Europe Board of Directors and United Nations IFAD Goodwill Ambassador; Padma Lakshmi, producer, TV host, author, and activist; Bridget Moynahan, Global Citizen Ambassador; and Erna Solberg, Former Prime Minister of Norway; and will feature performances by Natasha Bedingfield, Chloe Flower, and Samara Joy.

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Mungwadzi Godwin

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