By Puleng Maphisa – 6 September 2021
Mrs Faith Tebogo Mocoancoeng, is a versatile woman who believes in safety for woman against gender-based violence and empowering the youngsters. She’s an Educator by profession, who acquired the following qualifications: BA, Vista University; Higher Education Diploma, North West University; B.Ed. (Honors) North West University; Masters in Education, Pretoria University and currently enrolled for PhD with North West University.
She started her career as an Educator in 1993 and her career grew as follows:
Appointed as an Educator at Kgokare Secondary School; became Head of Department in 1995; Principal at Maboelleng Primary School in 2001; School Management Governance Developer (SMDG); School Inspector, Fezile Dabi District (Free State) in 2006; Institution Developer and Support Official (School Inspector) at Sedibeng East D7 (Gauteng) in 2010; Deputy Education Specialist at Gauteng Provincial Office, monitoring, evaluating and reporting, 2016. She is currently a Welfare Manager at the Vaal University of Technology.
Her role at VUT is to take care of psycho-social challenges of students. Part of her studies includes Sociology, Psychology and Educational Management. Her passion is to take care of needy people in her community and the needy students at VUT, which contributes towards managing the VUT Victim Empowerment Centre (VUT VEC) that was launched on Friday, 27 November 2020.
Managing the VUT VEC is her greatest excitement and a blessing for VUT students. The center is the first of its kind at an Institution of Higher Learning. The center is a one stop station dealing with GBV, rape cases, substance abuse, suicide cases, victims of abuse, etc.
Ms Mocoancoeng’s fulfilment is contributing / making a difference in a child’s life, growing and developing individuals. As she mentioned her favorite quote from Dr David Molapo, when saying ‘IF YOU DON’T GROW YOU DIE’. It serves as her inspiration of the life she lives, setting a path of growth and appreciating.
She further said that her achievements at VUT is to expose students to contribute part of their time in engaging in social responsibility protects. To teach them that life is not only in the lecturer rooms but can be achieved through projects that built relationships with community and creating job opportunities for students. This is done through the project of visiting orphanages, old age homes, disability centers and taking part in Sedibeng District Nthirhisano Projects.
The project creates a relationship whereby VUT identifies the needs of community that led to VUT donating mattresses to 15 centre in Vaal Region as part of VUT Social Responsibilities. The latest achievement for Mrs Faith is the donation she has secured with Seriti Mining, where the company have donated toiletries and dignitary packs for both male and female students valued at R90 000.
When asked about her motto, Mrs Faith said, “My motto is simple ‘Sharing is Caring, Caring is Sharing’, as Welfare Department we are doing our best to take care of residence students, to address any matter that may hinder the students to progress academically. We wouldn’t have travelled thus far without the support of Communications Directorate led by Ms. Kediemetse Mokotsi and team. We highly appreciate the support we get from student counselling much as we resolve majority of student’s challenges, we do get to a point where cases need to be escalated for Clinical consultation”.