Assistant Director and Education Programme Coordinator
May Quntu is Assistant Director of the Ubunye Foundation and Education Programme Coordinator. She holds a Diploma and an Advanced Certificate and in Education (ACE) from Rhodes University, Community Development Practice Level 5 from the Centre for Social Development, and many years’ experience in the Early Childhood Development (ECD) and non-governmental organisation(NGO) sectors.
Born and raised in Port Alfred May attended school in East London and matriculated in Mdantsane before moving back to Port Alfred and taking a job as a receptionist at SANTA hospital for a year. “I didn’t like the job which kept me in one place,” she said, so she changed plans and applied for a position as a supervisor and teacher. May enrolled with Rhodes University’s Centre for Social Development to equip herself with some formal training and obtained all her ECD certificates. “Through this training opportunities came my way and I was employed as a Fieldworker and a trainer at CSD. I made my way through and trained ECD Level 1 and NQF Level 4. I could not hold back my ability and I trained in Community Development Practice where I worked as a Facilitator and a Course Co-ordinator,” she said. May worked in ECD and community development for 17 years before joining the Ubunye Foundation.
In her capacity as Assistant Director she works closely with the Director is responsible for the fieldwork coordination. Through Ubunye’s ECD programme May supports community groups to establish and develop quality, integrated services for children and families in rural areas and works with caregivers and parents to improve lifelong social and educational opportunities.
Joking that perhaps a “typical day” is still in the making for this kind of work May shares what she loves most about her job: “Being able to meet the young children and listen to what they say. I am so fortunate to work with all parties concerned – children, parents and teachers. This type of work means commitment, giving of your time in order to see development in communities. Above all, I believe in working with communities, not working for them,” she said.