Dean and Head of the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Professor Thabo Msibi, was recently honoured with the Teachers College: Columbia University 2018 Distinguished Alumni Early Career Award.
Msibi, who completed his Masters in Education at Columbia University, was presented with the award during the University’s 10th annual academic festival held in the United States of America.
He is the first South African to receive the prestigious award, which recognises Teachers College graduates who have been out of Teachers College for 10 years or less, have earned distinction in their fields, and demonstrate outstanding future potential.
Msibi is well-known for being an international voice on youth; sexuality and gender issues and for modelling the use of education as a means to social justice.
“Getting this award is testament to the impact of my community engagement work and the research I have done to benefit society. I am deeply honoured and proud of this achievement,” said Msibi.
Forty-three people across the world were nominated, with only six receiving the coveted award.
He has now been inducted into the Hall of Fame at Teachers College: Columbia University, with his name featuring among those who have previously received this award, in the main building entrance.
Msibi joins a long list of distinguished alumni and those that were historically honoured such as William Schuman (former President of the Juilliard School), Shirley Chisholm (first Black woman elected to the United States Congress) and Mary Adelaide Nutting (the world’s first Professor of Nursing).
*Msibi is the youngest Dean in South Africa. He provides leadership on youth, sexuality and gender issues locally, regionally and internationally. He is founder of the Community Development Association, a national organisation that undertakes youth driven outreach programmes with a focus on education. He is author of the book Hidden Sexualities of South African Teachers: Black Male Educators and Same-sex Desire.
He has been listed by the Mail & Guardian Newspaper as one of South Africa’s Top 200 young people, by Destiny Man magazine as one of the top 40 South African men under the age of 40, and by Africa Youth Awards as one of the top 100 Most Influential Young Africans. He received a Bill Gates Scholarship which he used to earn his PhD in Sexuality Education from Cambridge University. In 2015, he received the Distinguished Teachers’ Award from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Source University of KwaZulu-Natal