Renaldi Prinsloo joined IFWEA’s Secretariat office in July, working with Saliem as Patel Education Programme Manager.
Background – Renaldi studied early childhood development (ECD) after finishing high school, qualifying as a pre-school teacher in George in the Western Cape province of South Africa, where she also grew up. Renaldi says: “I have a passion for seeing people grow, and you can see that quickly in small children.”
Being an educator – Renaldi then established a company training preschool teachers, and in doing so realised that she wanted to continue doing adult education. She then developed her skills doing short courses – and then worked doing training with farmworkers.
Online Labour Academy (OLA) – Renaldi explains her role in the Education Programme at IFWEA: “I am supporting the affiliate educators who want to put their courses online, by assisting them to develop the curriculum for the online platform, upload and make it accessible to participants.”
Redefining education – Renaldi hopes to bring a different perspective into the industry of workers’ education, where there is a system of how things are done, and how they should be done. “I would like to see a transformation, or a revolution in the sense of redefining what education means for workers, education that assists growth.”
Education brings social change – “I have seen how education can transform people in front of my eyes – transforming in the sense of personal growth, how they perceive themselves and their workplace, and the world. Any sense of development starts with learning something somewhere, and accepting that it change your surroundings.”