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29/09/2021

Reasons to be Proud - #R2bP: Bachelor of Education honours graduate, Dylan Mackenzie, has been appointed as foreign academic director for the Limai Chinese American International School in Beijing, China.

This makes him the youngest South African director in China as well as the youngest African academic director, which is equivalent to deputy principal here.

Dylan 27, from East London, started teaching in Gqeberha in 2015 and has been teaching in China for the last four years.

He started off in China as a biology teacher, then head of department for grades 9-12, and now foreign academic director at his school which caters for grade 7 to 12 learners.

His job involves observing and training teachers, implementing the foreign/international curriculum, dealing with parents and interviewing potential learners.

China is a challenging country to live in due to the language barrier and a very different culture, but he has worked hard at overcoming the challenges.

Dylan is currently writing an educational book on the impact of age on talented students and plans to continue pursuing this topic through doctoral research at a later stage.

His end goal? To move back to South Africa and embark on a political career focusing on education – particularly - educational policy – where real change can be made.

His dream is to become the minister of education.

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