In Conversation with Xoliswa Mahlangu

Xoliswa Mahlangu (“Xoli”) works as a Computing Curriculum Developer and Technology Integration Specialist at Future Nation Schools.  Her personal mission is to demystify tech and make it more fun and accessible to kids of all ages. She is a Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator Expert and has represented South Africa in the international educator exchange. She was featured as Tech Magazine’s Mover and Shaker and has spoken at numerous youth and women in tech events. Xoli has an MEng in software engineering from Wits University.

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Xoliswa Mahlangu … more commonly known as “Xoli” … works as a Computing Curriculum Developer and Technology Integration Specialist at Future Nation Schools.  She is a self- proclaimed “Tech Fairy” and technophile, whose mission is to demystify tech and make it more fun and accessible to kids of all ages. She is a Microsoft Certified Innovative Educator Expert and has represented South Africa in the international educator exchange. She was featured as Tech Magazine’s Mover and Shaker and has spoken at numerous youth and women in tech events.

Xoli has an MEng or “Master of Engineering” degree in software engineering from Wits University.

What are Future Nation Schools?

Future Nation Schools (FNS) offers affordable and high-quality 21st century education for pre-school, primary school and high school with a differentiated approach, enhanced National CAPS curriculum, Project-based Learning model and IEB examination in Grade 12.

Founded in 2017 by Sizwe Nxasana and Wits University Chancellor, Dr Judy Dlamini as a subsidiary of Sifiso Learning Group, Future Nation Schools are a network of independent or private schools that aim to lead the African Excellence Revolution through relevant, futuristic, Africa-focused and technology-enabled education – preparing Africa’s youth for the Fourth Industrial Revolution and beyond.

This Post Has 13 Comments

  1. Khanyisile

    This is such an inspiring story. As a black female child, representation in the tech industry is needed and i feel so inspired to learn more about the use of technology and pursuing a career in that industry. Thank you soo much for sharing your story

  2. Keitumetse

    @xoli Great interview loving how we are making tech accessible to all keep it up

    1. Lydia

      We are so blessed & very much inspired to have a young & brilliant CUR. Developer who is capable of bringing both young & old people into Tech. Industry through her creativity & determination.. May God Almighty bless the work of your hands & give you more wisdom & revelations as you continue to inspire & collaborate in making future problem solvers who will apply your FUN skills as a value & one of the best teaching strategies to get everyone more interested in Tech. Thank you for impacting lives & future generations by allowing yourself to be used as a resource tool to address learning barriers especially the implementation of Technology practice in Education which is still a challenge in most schools. You made it very clear that nothing is too hard nor impossible if one is interested, determined & prepared to do what it takes. Thank you for sharing. God bless youSekgobela

  3. Naledi Choenyana

    Great work Ms Xoli. So inspiring…
    Also one of the best teachers as well.

  4. Britney Mthombeni

    I like the way she actually fell for the program and she has a very inspiring story which teaches not to give up but work hard. As a Tech Orientated person am really inspired and impressed by her story thank you for sharing.

  5. Lebo Sekgobela

    Awesome work Xoli , your doing great and your such and inspiration .

  6. Marlene

    This was amazing and inspirational. Great job Xoli, keep it up.

  7. Khetha Maphanga

    Representation, representation, representation, your story demonstrates that determination and drive are valuable commodities. What you have done and continue to do bears testimony that black girls can do WHATEVER they put their mind too. Thank you Tech Fairy 🧚‍♀️. Black, young ,female ,Sowetan leading in international computer science trends. 🙌🏽 No better way to pass the “baton” than to train interns who will teach hundreds of African children.

  8. Evalisa Katabua

    I am so privileged to have crossed paths with you. I have learned that NOTHING is impossible, and you personally live that truth every day. Your work is excellent and it’s one of the reason why the students can’t get enough of computing, you are always challenging them to believe that they CAN and that is just the beginning. Keep up the life changing work that you do. You are blessing and an inspiration to us👏🏾👏🏾

  9. Tranquility

    I’m inspired and truly motivated, that’s how I know you do the same for the learners you teach… Past and present.
    Keep up the good work as you enjoy living your purpose everyday.

  10. Embra Setwi

    Thank your for the gift of accessible technology and computing.
    I think ‘4IR’ should be your nickname.

  11. Lineo

    Wow What an amazing conversation Xoli. You are truly an inspiration to the old and young. Thank you for representing us and flying the flag high as our tech fairy. We are so blessed to have access to your wisdom and creativity. Praying that this conversation trend so that many young girls will know that it’s possible to be a computer scientist or any career related to technology.

  12. Sam Mabale

    Profound and brilliant work Xoli! We thank God for equipping you with such great wisdom, which you’re dispensing without reservations.

    It’s my prayer that; you continue to release more expertise for the benefit of all the people without discrimination.

    God bless you more!

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