Think Ahead is ecstatic to announce that Boipelo Moagi (Roedean School) and Ayanda Bokaba (Carlswald House) from Think Ahead’s TED-ED Club have been invited to New York to deliver their talks, “How can we stop racism in private schools” and “How criticism affects people’s confidence” at the upcoming TED-Ed Weekend event 17 – 18 November.


The TED-ED weekend is an annual gathering of students from around the world, who participate in TED-Ed Clubs, designed to amplify the voices of the next generation of TED. The TED-Ed team in New York has spent months reviewing hundreds of talks uploaded by Clubs like Think Ahead’s and have chosen a select group of passionate student speakers to present their TED-Ed Club talks live on the TED stage – including these two students from South Africa.

The Think Ahead TED-Ed Club ran a thirteen-week public speaking curriculum prepared by TED to help participants from schools across Gauteng discover and develop their ideas to deliver their own TED-style talk. During the event at TED’s New York headquarters, participants will share inspiring performances, participate in hands-on workshops and attend sessions of TED Talks. They will also deliver their talks in a newly created theatre housed at TED’s New York headquarters.

 Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “Think Ahead believes strongly in giving young SA a voice. We ensure all our programmes instil key 21st century skills in the students that participate. That is why we were so excited to offer our partner schools the TED-Ed programme. We are so proud of Boipelo and Ayanda – and can’t wait to hear their voices from the NY TED stage.”