Inkie van Niekerk
After completing my schooling, I registered at the University of Pretoria (RSA), where I read for a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Psychology and Political Sciences. I then proceeded to post graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (RSA) focusing on International Relations and Political Sciences. After completing my university degrees, I started working for the Council of Europe as the Liaison Officer for the Venice Commission, where my main focus was on educational study and exchange programmes.
After my marriage and the birth of my son, I completed studies in fitness courses which enabled me to run classes for adults. This gave me flexibility to look after my family while pursuing part-time work. When my husband was transferred to East London, I was employed at the Carel du Toit Centre in a post encompassing fundraising and teaching young deaf children to speak using the auditory verbal method. I became inspired to work with children and grew to realize that this is where my future lay. I loved both the children and the teaching.