In South Africa we have a chronic shortage of skills like engineers and technicians, and over the last decade ICT jobs have increased by over 26%, yet there is an unemployment rate of 25-30%, with 70% of these being youth.
This mismatch of demand and supply attests to some of the problems our children face in mastering key skills in school and also the inadequacy of our current school curriculum, which then means that many children can’t access decent career opportunities.
Brighter Futures’ aim is to change this by giving youth a chance at a brighter future by preparing them to step into a new world where automation, robotics and big data analytics are changing the way we live. This is achieved through the provision of affordable, technology-driven extra-mural programmes which provide practical and conceptual tools that will enable their imaginations to flower.
Brighter Futures partners directly with schools so that we can work closely with the school management and IT department to provide the best education possible to our learners. Our young dynamic facilitators, mostly Computer Science honours students and graduates deliver tuition session
Tatenda Mapesa is the Chief Executive Officer of Brighter Futures. Prior to being named CEO, Tatenda was the Operations manager responsible for managing all tuition and other company operations.
He joined Brighter Futures in 2016 quickly found his passion in educating youths despite having an engineering background and rose through all the ranks while at the same time developing into an all-round leader in the organisation.
As the Operations Manager, Tatenda spearheaded the transition from purely face to face classes to virtual training in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. During his term as a Project and product development manager, he led the transformation to include IT training in the business which outperformed more than the company offering.
Originally from Shangwa village in Zimbabwe, Tatenda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.