Two young South Africans have been selected to deliver TED-Ed talks in New York City this weekend. Twelve-year old Ayanda Bokaba (from Carlswald House) and matric pupil Boipelo Moagi (from Roedean School) were chosen to participate in this event, with Ayanda sharing her insights on how criticism affects confidence.

Think Ahead – the organisation that submitted the entry – has partnered with schools to facilitate this journey and develop young speakers. After reviewing hundreds of uploaded talks, TED-Ed NY selected their young speakers, including these two local learners. TED-Ed, the youth initiative of TED, champions the ideas of students globally.

According to The Citizen, the annual TED-Ed weekend brings together learners from all over the world to participate and to hear and celebrate the voices of the next generation of TED. The selected students will also attend workshops, experience others’ TED Talks and perform their speeches at TED’s New York headquarters.

News24 reveals that Ayanda is inspired by how people express themselves and the role interactions play in shaping one’s confidence. Her talk entitled How Criticism Affects People’s Confidence takes a look at types of criticism, our human responses to it and how it can be positive:

Boipelo Moagi’s Ted Talk is on How to Stop Racism in Private Schools. She has since withdrawn, because the TED-Ed weekend clashes with her matric exams. A critical topic for South Africans and many further abroad, you can still see Boipelo’s Ted Talk here:

Congratulations to both of these extraordinary young women! You’ve done us so so proud.