Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2015
This description of Marisa van de Merwe's work was prepared when Marisa van de Merwe was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
Marisa van de Merwe is addressing education deficit in the early childhood development phase while supporting sustainable job-creation in the communities. She addresses these educational problems by introducing an evidence-based minimum intervention program that is founded upon the principles of Chess-thinking and life-skills development. Marisa’s focus is on using play to prepare young minds for a fast-changing world where children have to be empowered for an unknown world and future work place, with new opportunities and knowledge to be explored.
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