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Mamokgethi Phakeng

In celebration of Africa Day on the 25th May, this week MCA are highlighting the achievements of inspiring young Africans who are having a global impact in their field:


Mamokgethi Phakeng is a leading researcher into mathematics education in South Africa and was the first black female South African to gain a PhD in Mathematics education.  As well as producing world famous research on mathematics education, Mamokgethi Phakeng has also devoted her life to helping some of the most underprivileged students in her country.

In 2004 she founded the Adopt-A-Learner Project which provides annual scholarships to learners who are outstanding in mathematics, but cannot afford to study. In recognition of her many achievements in 2014 CEO

magazine named her as the most influential woman in Academia in Africa.

“Whatever people tell you, don’t let them make you believe that there is no value in hard work! The value of hard work cannot be substituted with anything in this world”.

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