Sifunda Kunye Program Manager
Jolande was born in Bloemfontein and grew up in East London South Africa, and graduated from George Randell High School. Jolande has always had a passion for enriching lives through empowering individuals through training. Jolande’s working career kicked off in the department of justice, and then pursued a career in catering management. Jolandes true passion was realised by working for the East London Children’s home for many years. Jolande then went on pursuing a career in the business world where she was a training coordinator; she was in charge of setting up training facility to assist to train potential new employees. Jolande went a step future after leaving the business world to fur fill a lifelong dream of teaching. Jolande worked as a high school teacher, teaching grade 8 to 12, focusing on Computer Application Technology Grade 10 to 12.
Jolande joined Sifunda Kunye Educational project in 2013 as a Lab facilitator at ZK Matthews High School, and in 2014 assisted at both ZK Matthews High School and Xolani Senior Secondary School. In 2015 Jolande became full time Lab Facilitator at Xolani Senior Secondary School, and promoted to Senior Lab Facilitator in 2016. In 2017 Jolande started her role as a program manager, consulting with all partner school to encourage and assist in imitative based projects like The President Awards, Chess clubs, Book Clubs, Reading Clubs, writing clubs, libraries and Cami English and Maths.
Jolande says that working with the partner schools to implement and encourage good quality clubs and assist in the computer labs brings fulfilment to her life. I enjoy what I do, I have a passion to change lives and I believe that every child is worth it, if I could change or assist any child in any way to impact their lives and futures in a positive way, it makes every second worth it.
Jolande currently lives in East London with her husband, two children and five dogs. She enjoys family time, and loves outdoors and nature.