The NMI has a small core team, working closely with an extended team of educators, district officials, interns and other educational partners across the Eastern Cape.
Born in the US, Kim worked with the democratic trade union movement through the build up to the first democratic elections in 1994. Since then, she has focused her work as an activist, policy researcher, and teacher trainer on the transformation of the public education system in South Africa. Her work bridges the divide between classroom based realities and wider policy development work. She is interested in the potentiality of teacher and curriculum development to better support quality teaching and learning in classrooms serving learners.
Brian grew up as a youth activist in Soweto in the 1980's. His current work focuses on the interface of language and linguistic development, focusing on isiXhosa - English bi-literacy across the primary phase. Combining careful study of the linguistic structure of isiXhosa and English, with a detailed understanding of the sociolinguistic context of rural learners and teachers, he is building the first field-tested bilingual literacy curriculum oriented toward reading breakthrough amongst isiXhosa rural learners in South Africa, informing bi-literacy developments across the Continent.
Completing his articles and passing his professional exams in 2008, he is a qualified Professional Accountant (SA) and a full member of the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA). His areas of specialisation are financial accounting, financial management, taxation, corporate law and internal auditing.
Xolisa is a bi-literacy teacher and community trainer, researcher, storyteller and author of children's literature. She is a well known advocate and teacher trainer of bilingual isiXhosa - English literacy development, with an emphasis on promoting the joy of reading through a balanced literacy approach. She was one of the founders of the network of community literacy reading clubs emerging across the country.
Nobuntu Mazeka is a human rights activist, community organiser, teacher trainer and a lifelong learner. Growing up in rural Mbizana, and shaped by experiences of socio-economic injustice and the daily struggles for survival, she has committed her life to working with marginalized rural communities at the interface of education and rural development. Working with Freirean methods, her work to build the voice and power of rural communities is well known. She has the unique ability to mobilise communities and parents to effectively engage in the education of their children. At the same time, she is a respected teacher trainer, working with teacher to re-animate the daily pedagogy of foundation phase classrooms. She is currently completing a BEd in mathematics, looking toward transforming the way mathematics is taught to rural children through primary schooling.
Bulelwa is committed teacher trainer focused on Grade R and 1. She combines her interests in curriculum development and teacher training, spending the majority of her time supporting rural teachers in their classrooms. She is a poet and promoter of balanced bi-literacy in early childhood education. She is interested in the relationship between literacy and language in successful foundation phase teaching.
After 19 years of teaching in the foundation phase in Cape Town, Bukelwa joined the NMI team specializing in support for Grade 2 and 3 classrooms. As a teacher trainer, she has a special interest in isiXhosa - English literacy and the promotion of early reading. She is an advocate for the holistic development of a child with an emphasis on child friendly classroom management, with a strong interest in inclusive education.