UP senior lecturer in the Department of Accounting Sedzani Siaga received a Silver Angel award at the G200 Annual Youth Forum held in April in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, this year.
The G200 Youth Forum is organised by the G200 Association, a Swiss-based international NGO that aims to create a platform where the most pressing economic and social problems in the world can be resolved through the opinions and views of a new generation of young leaders. The 200 attendees of the Youth Summit are made up of top students and up-and-coming experts in international relations, economics, finance, and law who are likely to become heads of state and ministers.
The Silver Angel awards acknowledge achievements made in societal spheres such as finance, family, health, community matters and the arts. Nominees for this award need to have acted with a positive influence within a local community, society or the world at large. This year, recipients of the award were recognised at a gala event, during which Siaga served as the master of ceremonies.
Siaga received the award for her contribution to the development of young global leaders. She views her most significant contribution to young leaders as “the personal investment in all [her] students’ lives”. When asked how she tries to influence the youth, Siaga said, “By reminding them [daily] that the world is waiting for them.” She views her role as a lecturer as a privilege as she is able to interact with students every day. Siaga’s preferred teaching style is “meaningful teaching” where she gives students examples of current happenings in the country so “that they can take their learning beyond the lecture hall”.
Siaga is also a volunteer at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants and sits on the Johannesburg District Committee of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants. She advises that students “aim to graduate” as “there is a life beyond university”.
Written by: Ditebogo Tshaka