MEET THE TEAM
MEET THE MANAGERS & THERAPISTS
Dr. Ingrid Ahlert
Ingrid is a Counselling Psychologist and founder of The Learning Initiative. She has a special interest in neurodevelopment, learning barriers, and family resilience. She loves working with children and appreciates their innocence, inquisitiveness, strength and determination. Through the project she hopes to inspire, empower and equip children, their parents and teachers to become their personal best. She is proud of the passionate team committed to making this dream a reality.
In her spare time, Ingrid enjoys spending time with family and friends, being in nature, reading and cooking.
Director & Project Manager | Dr. Ingrid Ahlert
BA (Hon)(US); MA (Couns.Psy)(UPE); DPhil (Psy)(US)
Callan van Veen
Callan is a qualified Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2014 and has been with The Learning Initiative since July 2016. She has a keen interest in independence, development and growth in all stages of life. She loves working with children and believes that every child has the right to early childhood development, which forms the building block and foundation to learning and growth. She has confidence in the aim of the project and trusts that the youth will benefit due to its transdisciplinary approach to mould and inspire these children.
In her spare time Callan enjoys spending time with family and friends, hiking and spending time in nature and long walks on the beach.
Operations Manager | Callan van Veen
Jana is a qualified Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2015 and has been with The Learning Initiative since April 2017. She is passionate about empowering and equipping individuals to impact their communities and loves to see them grow to their full potential. Jana believes that children possess incredible and unique little minds and have a hunger for learning. She considers the project to provide the children with the opportunity to gain knowledge and to grow, shaping them, facilitating development and empowering each child. She believes that not only does the project reach the individual child but also empowers their teachers, families and communities.
In her spare time, Jana enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing board games, being crafty and playing volleyball.
Programme Implementer Supervisor (OT) | Jana Stobwasser
Izanne is a qualified Speech and Language Therapist who has been practising since 2015 and has been with The Learning Initiative since April 2017. She loves working with young children with learning difficulties and developmental delays and finds neo natal and infant feeding very interesting. She believes that children are very eager to learn, therefore it is important to start young and make an impact to help them grow and reach their full potential. She firmly believes that early intervention is crucial for successful school performance and thus has high hopes for the project.
In her spare time, Izanne loves to spend quality time with her family and going to the beach with her two year old son and their two dogs. She also enjoys to read and scrapbooking.
Speech and Language Therapist| Izanne Coetzee
Tamlyn qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2014 and has been with The Learning Initiative since April 2017. She has a passion for children and working with those with special needs and admires the philosophy of working closely with parents and other professionals. She thoroughly enjoys working with children as they are malleable and believes that the project focuses to develop a firm foundation for all the necessary skills needed to succeed in life. Tamlyn holds a special place in her heart for the project, as she believes that it is every parents dream for the next generation to do better and achieve more than what they could. She places emphasis on education as an important action and believes that we can only improve our country through education and hard work.
In her spare time, Tamlyn will always be found in the kitchen, cooking up a storm or spending time with her friends and family.
Speech and Language Therapist | Tamlyn Laubscher
Zubair is a qualified Occupational Therapist who has been practising since 2015 and has been with The Learning Initiative since 2018. He enjoys working with children, finding the interaction with them fun. He loves being part of the process that assists children to develop as they should. This he believes, ensures that the children are better prepared with the skills they need for their future.
In his spare time, Zubair enjoys rugby, gym and spending time with his family.
Occupational therapist | Zubair Brown
Amy qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2015 and has been with The Learning Initiative since 2018. She is passionate about early childhood development, having experienced first-hand how fundamental the early years of education are. She believes it is vital to work with children in underprivileged communities and to educate their teachers and parents. By empowering others our initiatives are sustainable.
In her spare time, Amy enjoys trail running and hiking. She also loves to read and to listen to podcasts about current events, investigative cases, health and wellness.
Occupational therapist | Amy Bartlett
Inga is an Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2017 and joined The Learning Initiative in 2019. She appreciates children’s playful nature and how they are always motivated. She loves working in an environment where people are so appreciative and where she can make a difference at a critical point in development.
In her spare time, Inga enjoys dancing, painting and hiking.
Occupational therapist | Inga Wessels
Fierdous is an Occupational Therapist who graduated in 2016 and joined The Learning Initiative in 2018. She has a special interest in paediatric mental health and well-being and community development. She loves the innocence and imagination of children and gaining insight into their little world. She believes our programme is special in that it targets children as well as their parents and teachers.
In her spare time, Fierdous enjoys photography, cooking and baking, and taking walks on the beach or in a beautiful garden.
Occupational therapist | Fierdous Jappie-Samuels
Chantal qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 2017 and joined The Learning Initiative in 2019. She enjoys working with children because they are eager to learn about the world around them, they are innocent and pure. She appreciates that our programme recognises the need for the different stakeholders to work together. The children are the main focus, but parents and teachers are also empowered. She believes the programme is very adaptable to the specific needs of a child and allow the children from lower socio-economic background to have fair opportunities when going to school.
In her spare time, Chantal enjoys playing the flute, reading, spending time with family and playing board games with friends.
Occupational therapist | Chantal Wilmot
Pamella has been with The Learning Initiative since April 2017. She developed a passion for children’s ministry while studying and loves working with them. She believes that children are just like sponges as they retain masses of information in a short period of time. Pamella has faith in the project as it brings dignity, value and worth to the children. She has a firm belief that when you guide and educate children, you shape them for the rest of their life. The essence of loving a child is taking the time to teach them.
In her spare time, Pamella enjoys playing with her two little “bambinos”, spending time with family and friends, being involved in church and talking.
Programme Implementor | Pam Twala
MEET THE FACILITATORS
Back row left – right: Collinah, Fundiswa, Cathy, Yumnah
Front row left – right: Confidence, Genevieve, Sophie, Wendy, Suzelle