Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng
Africa Education Medal 2022 Winner

Words of the winner

“It is the greatest honour to be recognised for my life's passion. Quality education is the key to Africa's future and I'm so grateful to HP, Intel and Microsoft for this award that I hope will inspire others across our continent to further the cause of African education.”

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, South Africa, was named the winner of the inaugural Africa Education Medal, launched by T4 Education and HP in collaboration with Intel and Microsoft in 2022.

Growing up in rural and township South Africa during Apartheid, she became the first black female South African to achieve a PhD in Mathematics Education in 2002 and she is determined not to be the last. In the two decades since she has published more than 80 research papers and five edited volumes that continue to shape mathematics education in classrooms across Africa and far beyond. Her research focuses on language practices in multilingual mathematics classrooms and has proved influential in post-colonial Africa and post-Apartheid South Africa in particular.

Watch the winning announcement

Congratulations to the winner

“She brings that inspirational leadership and academic rigour to everything she does. She truly captures the spirit of the Africa Education Medal, and I congratulate her for having this honour bestowed upon her.”

Professor Stephen J. Toope, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge

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