#FollowFriday staff Feature: Hlengiwe Mfeka 

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Our #followfriday #ff staff star today is Hlengi Mfeka. (Twitter: hlengimfeka Instagram: hlengisnsa)

Hlengi MfekaHlengi started as a part-time trainer way back in 2005. We realised that she is an amazing asset and she was asked to join the fulltime SchoolNet staff in as ICT Support Specialist and trainer in 2010. So this year is her 15th anniversary year with SchoolNet!  Halala Hlengi, ha-la-la!

Hlengi is completely dedicated, not only to the organisation, but also to all the teachers whom she helps, supports and inspires on an ongoing basis. Her passion for ICT and service makes her a focused all-rounder! She does everything! As a project manager, she is involved in the planning and management of the SchoolNet’s projects and budgets and diligently monitors progress and reporting. As a trainer, she is involved in the hands-on training of the teachers, school leaders, education department officials. She provides training and support to all SchoolNet clients throughout the various courses offered by the organisation. She provides on-site support, getting her hands dirty with the nitty-gritty of keeping systems and hardware up and running. Most teachers, who have received training from her from across the country, know her as a very patient, loving couch and mentor. 

She is also a traveller of note and ambassador for Schoolnet and its partners, not only locally but globally. She is quite comfortable and loves representing our organisation in business meetings and as a conference speaker around the world. She has established strong sustainable professional learning networks with educational partners and teachers from all over. If you would like to learn with her, don’t forget to join her on twitter  and Instagram. You won’t be sorry!

Hlengi's work

When asked what she likes most about working for SchoolNet she said: 

“Empowerment.  Being empowered and then empowering others to also make a positive change,  breathe life to me – I feel revitalized and voluntarily and wanna go beyond, without a push. It’s gratifying!

When we asked her to point out her favourite SchoolNet project, she could not choose. 

“I happen to equally fall in love with All the projects I’m assigned with. Probably because they all connect me with people worldwide. My core project currently is Teacher Futures programme funded by Commonwealth aimed at improving teacher quality through an innovative school-based teacher development model. Participants for this programme come from Sub-Saharan Africa and many other developing countries. You can imagine diverse learning that takes place in this platform.” 

So, what does she want to achieve this year?

“ I want to write more and more until I fall in love with writing 🙂 and of course to further my academic studies.” 

We love and appreciate you Hlengi! Keep on being the star you are!!

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