WISE Learners' Voice

Mr. Luyolo Mazwembe

Position: National Organiser, Equal Education (EE)
Country: South Africa
Luyolo Mazwembe is a South African and Organizer at Equal Education (EE), a national, youth-driven, social movement advocating equal education for all. As a student in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, Luyolo experienced many of the issues he now works to resolve, such as poor school infrastructure, sanitation, crowded classrooms, and limited access to resources. In 2008, as a grade 11 student, Luyolo became a member of EE. He found weekly youth group meetings to be a productive way for young learners to learn about education, politics, history, and to equip them with tools for political activism. After graduating from high school, and stemming from his strong belief in giving back to his community, Luyolo continued working toward improving education as a youth group facilitator at EE. In his current position, Luyolo builds EE’s campaigns based on rigorous research and analysis to mobilise learners, parents and community members in the fight for quality education in the provinces of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Limpopo. He worked on campaigns to increase the number of schools with working libraries, to improve sanitation, and a nation-wide campaign to create legally binding standards for school infrastructure. Luyolo’s leadership and activism have continuously situated him in the role of education advocate within a broader context of the struggle for a more just and equal society.