Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku

2021 Fellowship Alumnus, Zimbabwe

Global Citizen Announces Winner of 2023 Cisco Youth Leadership Award

This year’s Cisco Youth Leadership Award recipient is 2021 Fellowship Alumnus Nkosana Butholenkosi Masuku, Founder and CEO of Phenomtech-Sciency Learning, from Zimbabwe.

The Cisco Youth Leadership Award was established in 2018 by Cisco and Global Citizen to celebrate an individual aged between 18-30 who has contributed meaningfully towards the goal of ending extreme poverty in their community, through their leadership, dedication, and innovation.

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teacher working at a rural school, Nkosana created Sciency Learning as a result of the lack of resources for teaching STEM in Zimbabwe’s rural communities. Sciency’s objective is to provide low-cost STEM education to students across Zimbabwe in a bid to reduce dropout rates and advance STEM development across the country.

As the prize winner, Nkosana will receive a US$250,000 grant to their organization to enable its continued growth. Candidates were judged, by a panel including representatives from Global Citizen, Cisco, esteemed activists, and leaders in the international development field, against five equally-weighted criteria, including impact, vision, catalyst, global citizenship, and technology innovation.

For more information about the Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award, visit www.globalcitizen.org/prize.