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Siya Twani

Siya Twani

Meet the man who like a Giraffe stuck his neck out for what he believed. Like Nelson Mandela, Siya was imprisoned for making a stand against injustice in South Africa.

Siya is a well-seasoned, thought provoking, passionate, inspiring, entertaining, motivational speaker with mission to empower, educate and enthuse people, especially children and young people, with resilience skills.

The Story:
Your students will be in the hands of an exceptional speaker with an ability to touch their hearts and their minds. Through his story he will broaden their worldviews. His story is a story of hope when faced with despair and courage when the odds are stacked up against you. He experienced humiliation, challenges, injustice and the brutality experienced growing up in the apartheid South Africa. He was born into a life of inequality and hardship. He knows the first-hand pain inflicted by racism, but also know the joy that comes through the power of forgiveness. Over the years he has successfully delivered inspirational, heart touching, and life changing workshops on various topics. He is thrilled to be involved with schools and colleges, engaging with students across the country.

Learning takes place when people laugh. The message that Siya delivers is fun, humorous, engaging, and impactful. His mission is to Educate, Enthuse and Empower young people and arise Educational attainment.

Speaks in School, Colleges and Universities:
With over 25 years’ experience of speaking in the education sector, Siya is highly recommended by Ofsted and other authorities and can put his message across in an articulate manner that is accessible to all.

Motivational Assemblies
Do you have a special event planned, end of year assembly, Year 13 Leaving Event, or graduation, where you need a fresh face with a great story and a track record of inspiring others? Do you need a speaker who could make a real difference in students’ lives and their studies?

How will it benefit your students learning journeys?

  • Inspire students to success through a unique story of overcoming personal setbacks, Self-limiting Beliefs and adversity.
  • Increased Positive mental health and positive cultural identities
  • Gain a global perspective
  • Celebrate their own uniqueness and embrace Diversity
  • Raise educational aspirations and attainment.
  • Coping mechanisms to deal with adversity.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Siya was absolutely amazing and inspiring. The students absolutely loved his engaging manner and asked to have him back again."

– Simon Colley, Focus School Wilton Campus

“You are truly a wonderful person who inspired us all and brought us all closer to a better understanding of humanity. You have such a remarkable and powerful story to share with the world which is not one of anger nor bitterness but one of love and a desire to bring people together. Thank you for being so kind, you have touched all of our lives I will never forget you.”

– Kay Wallis, Head Teacher, Norwich

“A range of visits and visitors add further experiences beyond those found in the immediate locality. One such experience during inspection involved Siya Twani a South African story teller who used a range of props, personal stories and media images to help the pupils understand issues of prejudice and cultural identity. In this session, pupils were visibly moved and enthralled. Discussions afterwards illustrated the powerful impact it had on them and their attitudes.”

– Ofsted Report 2011

"An engaging presenter who dispels stereotypes whilst culturally enlightening audiences."

– Ken Farquhar, International Science Presenter and Performer

"A thoroughly engaging speech from a man with a truly incredible life experience"

– Charlie Douglas-Hughes, Events Officer, New Hall School

"I have known Siya for about 20 years. He is a great man with a fascinating story and a passion for working with young people. Siya shows great empathy towards people he communicates with, whilst also having a great sense of humour! I highly recommend what he has to offer.”

– Robin Cox, Retired School Principal & Developer of Life Skills Programs in Southern Africa, and Youth Mentoring Programs in New Zealand and Australia

"FUN, WITTY AND INSPIRING... The three words I would use to describe a talk by Siya Twani... Siya never fails to leave his audience with a smile on their face and inspiration in their hearts."

– Linda Keats, Essex County Council

"Your session was inspiring and uplifting and made a lot of people step outside their comfort zones in a really positive way. Thank you again"

– Laura, Senior Children Centre Service Manager, Thurrock

“A highlight of the day was a session led by a South African (Siya Twani) who talked about his life and experiences and got all the students and staff actively participating in some lively African dancing!”

– Heathfield Community College, Eastbourne 2017

"Thank you for your involvement. It is highly valued by the University and the schools. Many thanks"

– Kate Beckwith, Arts Education Outreach Officer, University of Essex​

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