The annual EDHE

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Creating changemakers with an entrepreneurial heartset, mindset and skillset.

This annual Train-the-Trainer workshop facilitates engagement on specific subjects relevant to entrepreneurship development. Previous themes have focused on fostering a move-to-market mindset and exploring social innovation for societal impact. This year’s theme, “Educators for Entrepreneurship,” underscores the crucial role educators play in nurturing entrepreneurial spirit among students. Through these workshops, the EDHE Programme seeks to empower participants to create a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurship within higher education.

We invite educators and support professionals across disciplines who are responsible for facilitating learning and providing guidance to future teachers. This is particularly relevant for those with an interest in instilling entrepreneurial mindsets in future teachers, and in turn in young people.

The purpose of the Train the Trainer workshop is 1) to equip educational practitioners and teachers to develop changemaker competencies in their learners in a way that is integrated with the main curriculum;  2) to build a network of “changemaker makers” who creatively develop entrepreneurial minds and enable young people to thrive by being active contributors of society and develop 21st century skills to navigate rapid change and thrive in the job market.

This Educators Activation Workshop on Changemaking is an innovative initiative designed to empower educators and enhance teaching practices in South Africa. This program aims to equip educations and future teachers with the changemaker skills, tools, and knowledge required to nurture changemaker students who are committed to creating positive impact in our society.

With the experience you have, your participation will be of great significance. The workshop’s agenda includes engaging sessions, collaborative discussions, and insightful presentations. By joining, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share and gain insights into innovative changemaking teaching methodologies.
  • Collaborate with fellow educators and stakeholders.
  • Explore strategies for integrating changemaking in education.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the education ecosystem.

Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) is a programme of the Department of Higher Education and Training and Universities South Africa (USAf). Ashoka is the leading organisation in social entrepreneurship with a presence in South Africa since 1990. The Educator Activation Workshop on Changemaking have already been conducted in Brazil, US and Nigeria. We are looking forward to bringing it to South Africa.

The workshop is planned as an in-person event and will be hosted around OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg with a limited number of seats available.

Closing date for registrations and confirmation of attendance is Friday the 19th of April 2024. No late registrations will be accepted.

Please note:

  • Attendance of both days are compulsory for physical attendees once registered.
  • Regrettably no students allowed, only academics and support professionals.

Day 1: Wednesday 8 May

  • 9:30-10:00 Arrival & registrations
  • 10:00 – 17:00 Programme sessions

Day 2: Thursday 9 May

  • 8:30-9:00 Registrations
  • 9:00 – 15:00 Programme sessions

Attendees will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Should you choose to stay at the Southern Sun, be sure to book your accommodation, breakfast and dinner in advance.

The Southern Sun operates a free shuttle service to and from O.R. Tambo International Airport. This service is available 24/7 and the shuttle runs every 15 minutes. The pick-up point is situated behind the InterContinental Hotel at the bus / shuttle terminal. From the 3 International / Domestic Arrivals terminals in the Airport, simply follow the “Public Transport” signage which will take you past the Car Hire section and onto the shuttle terminal.


Ashoka pioneered the field of social entrepreneurship in the early 1980s, coining the terms “social entrepreneurship” and “changemaker” and starting the first network of social entrepreneurs globally. Since then, we have found and empowered social entrepreneurs whose system-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems, through the Ashoka Fellowship.

Being at the center of this network of 3,800 social entrepreneurs in 90+ countries elected on the basis of their “new idea” provides Ashoka with a deep understanding of the key levers to bring about sustainable social change as well as insights into future trends. These insights have influenced our current vision of Everyone a Changemaker™ (EACH): empowering everyone to have greater agency in a world of complex societal problems and accelerating change. In collaboration with a range of strategic partners, we want to ensure that each individual, regardless of age, gender, or socio-economic class has the freedom, confidence and societal support to step into their changemaker power and drive change, in small or bigger steps.

Ashoka has had a presence on the African continent for over 30 years and has impacted the lives of millions of people through a vibrant network of over 470 Fellows, carefully selected, developing innovative solutions across fields of work. Our presence spans over 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with 4 regional offices in Johannesburg, Nairobi, Dakar and Lagos.

Ashoka is partnering with EDHE to equip educators so that they can support young people to develop core changemaker skills, from their lecture rooms. The Changemaker Educator Activation Workshop represents a holistic educational solution: a transformative journey focused on changemaking in education. Through this workshop, educators and university administrators will be empowered to collaboratively design changemaking experiences, fostering an environment where their students can thrive.

  • A shift in the mindset of educators so that they view their central role as helping young people master empathy and changemaking.
  • Knowledge, skills and tools for educators, necessary to groom young students into active changemakers.
  • Acceleration in the adoption of social innovation and entrepreneurship education system in Africa.
  • Redefining the role of young people as leaders of social change in Africa.
  • Strengthened collaboration among educational practitioners in the dissemination of the changemaking message, skills and tools – @AshokaAfrica (social media)

Contact Details


Dr Patricia Opondo

Dr Patricia Opondo

Senior Lecturer and Entrepreneurship Champion
University of KwaZulu Natal

Dr. Patricia Opondo a Senior Lecturer in Applied Ethnomusicology and African Music & Dance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). She has taught Foundational Entrepreneurship to students in the School of Arts at UKZN. She has served on the Global Jury for the Wadhwani Foundation Student Venture Evaluation Program, and completing the FOP Ignite Facilitator Training Program. She’s a member of the EDHE Community of Practice for Teaching and Learning, and presented during the EDHE Showcase at the 2021 Lekgotla. She curates the annual African Cultural Calabash Festival and directs Ikusasa Lethu AMD Ensemble who has performed in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Canada, Peru, Uganda, Mozambique, Thailand, and Seychelles.  Her passions include upskilling youth in cultural events management, arts administration, curating small and medium size cultural/heritage events, as well as film and media projects.  She is currently the Entrepreneurship Champion in the School of Arts at UKZN.

Mr Vipin Thekk

Mr Vipin Thekk

Senior Director
Ashoka’s Youth Venture

Vipin works primarily with individuals and institutions to co-create ideas on ways to adapt and thrive in times of rapid change. He does this by designing and facilitating transformational journeys towards creating a culture of innovation, agency and empathy.

He is an experienced facilitator having led transformation-based work for groups and institutions in Asia, Europe ,and the United States. As an inspiring speaker, his recent speaking engagements include “Guiding the 21st Century Child – Artists, Changemakers and the App Generation,” organized by the Montessori Schools of Connecticut; Parliament of World Religions; National & State Teachers of the Year gathering organized by Council of Chief State School Officers, and many others.

Vipin has a master’s degree in Social Work and is an Integral Life Coach and a Kundalini yoga and meditation teacher. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Angie Thurston.