South African teenagers to take to the TED stage in New York City


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.”

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