Meet Mpho Tsele, one of our speakers at the upcoming Jozi 4 Autism walk! Mpho is Play Africa’s Play & Learning Supervisor and has much to teach us about inclusivity & special needs.
Play Africa is a South African non-profit company and social enterprise dedicated to creating child-centred spaces that spark creativity and learning through hands-on, experiential activities. We serve children from birth to age 10, their families and schools, igniting curiosity through groundbreaking programmes in Early Childhood Development (ECD) and foundation phase education.
I am a former nursery school teacher who discovered Play Africa in 2016. Since then, I joined the team as a play and learning facilitator, leading Play Africa’s high-quality early learning programmes in science, technology, engineering, arts & maths.
As the daughter of a man who was born blind, I have a lifelong awareness of the societal barriers to access faced by many people with disabilities.
I became Play Africa’s first Inclusivity Coordinator and led the children’s museum’s engagement to create South Africa’s first custom-built sensory play exhibit in partnership with Autism South Africa and National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities.
Now as Play Africa’s Play and Learning Supervisor, I oversee all play and learning initiatives and direct the Youth Work Readiness Initiative, training previously unemployed youth in play and learning methodologies.