Helen Cronje

Training and M & E Manager

While following a career path in Education for most of my life, I would never have imagined that I could be involved in a forward thinking and highly effective foundation, such as The Click Foundation, that so positively impacts the lives of so many South Africans from their early years, and for the rest of their lives.

Education and the very way each little person learns has always fascinated me. I get no greater satisfaction than knowing what I and my colleagues do to earn a living, can have such an influence in developing a future generation who will become readers, students who will be able to learn and human beings who will become critical thinkers.

While born in the small town of Mafeking, I spent most of my school years in the town of Alberton. Thankfully, I had some amazing “teachers”, as a scholar, as a human being and as a teacher, who inspired and mentored me.

In 1991 I completed my teacher’s qualification at the Johannesburg College of Education, University of the Witwatersrand. I also enjoyed taking up extra subjects through UNISA.  I taught, for over fifteen years, at Kenton Primary School, in my home town. Today I follow and chat with quite a few of my ex-students and I am glad to know that they have become great human beings.

In 2007, needing personal growth, I left teaching to become a trainer in the short-term insurance industry. This was a tremendous learning for me. I earned insurance qualifications and thrived on training adults about insurance products, Financial and Intermediary Services, Regulatory content as well as soft skills. I also gathered some credits towards the OTDP Certificate, where design and development were my main interest. Along with this I also earned my assessor’s qualification. However, the purposeful educating of younger lives called me back to teaching in 2014. By late 2015 I joined The Click Foundation on an even more meaningful journey.

My wish for the future of South Africa is that we have wise, inspired, integrous leaders who care deeply for the nation’s people, future and the environment. Education is key to developing such leaders. Here, I cannot help but quote Harry S. Truman who said, “not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers”.

If I had an extra hour a day, I would sway between exercising or reading more.

Wise words I would hand down to the next generation– Take charge of your own beliefs and build on the positive.

My favourite things are the beauty of nature and the smiles on little faces who realise they have just achieved something new.

The person I admire most… Every teacher, parent and individual who strives through difficult circumstances to ensure that their learners, children or themselves receive an education.