Building the future
Plant the Seed is a social enterprise based in Cape Town, South Africa. We are a leading partner in sustainability and innovative learning. We are committed to empowering learning that develops greater agency, critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration, systems thinking and active citizenry.
- To promote systems thinking, creative problem solving and critical thinking within schools.
- To increase the capacity of youth to engage in sustainable business and influence society’s decisions.
- To enrich the education process by providing much needed content and context to the real (adult) world.
- Embrace and drive change.
- Be adventurous, creative, and open-minded.
- Be open to new experiences.
- Do more with less.
- Practice empathy.
Managing DirectorHi I’m Mattieu. Born and bred in the deep south of Cape Town, in the beautiful community of Kommetjie. I am a young, driven, friendly, hardworking, and positive individual. Passionate about people, life, the outdoors, constant learning, and seeing ‘the bigger picture’, this in combination with a background in economic development, has lead me to see and understand that education is the key to moving forward to a more inclusive, sustainable and positive future. I am finishing off my Master’s degree in Economic development – my thesis will focus on racial desegregation in South African schools post 1994.
Creative DirectorMy name is Thomas Chevallier. I was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Since the age of 11, I have been questioning the status quo and asking many philosophical and practical questions like, “Where does our food come from? Why is inequality worsening?” Today, I am a social & environmental activist and entrepreneur passionate about developing a sustainable future. I believe that education is the bedrock of social and environmental transformation and have thus established Plant the Seed.
Education DirectorMy name is Damien Hewitt, an energetic and enthusiastic educator. I was raised in the lovely Cape, I have centred most of my passions in the outdoors and how we can re-establish our connections with our natural surroundings. After graduating from my PGCE at UCT, I began re-thinking my own school experience and the way schools execute curriculum and learning opportunities. I started taking a large interest in how schools can become platforms to immerse their students in a more connected and passionate curriculum.
Chief Technology OfficerHi I’m Denham. I am from Cape Town. I studied for 3 years a BSc in Economics and Computer Science at Rhodes University, followed by a 1 year post graduate Honours in Computer Science from the University of Cape Town. My focus is on utilizing the efficiency, availability and scalability of technology to improve sustainability.