[ngg src=”galleries” ids=”61″ display=”basic_slideshow”]Vera Mlia Sheriff is a Malawian trained visual artist who holds a bachelors degree majoring in fine art from the University of Malawi.
After graduating in 2010, Vera has worked in commercial banking for 4 years then she resigned to pursue her dream of establishing a publishing and animation studio that creates quality and syllabus fun African games, books, comics and cartoons.
So far, Vera’s studio, Studio4humanity has one children’s book selling on Amazon.
In 2019, she was also nominated for the Oscar of African Creativity Award where she represented Malawi in Egypt.
As if that is not enough, this year, Vera has recently received the Travor Noah grant which went public about a fortnight ago on the grant’s social media pages.
The Trevor Noah grant is apparently aimed at empowering young Africans with leadership skills and capacity to improve education in their various communities.
The Trevor Noah Foundation together with Young African Leaders initiative (YALI) this year hosted the first Cohort of education Change makers in Midrand, South Africa to kickstart the vision.
Mostly, the initiative targeted teachers. However, Vera was chosen for her deep passion for fun learning materials to complement the mainstream education.
In her own words, Vera says she always believe that young people have a better attitude in tackling, especially mathematics when it is presented as a fun game.
In 2016, Vera started experimenting on this model and created characters and games for the local context and took them to primary schools.
Her target is Early childhood Development stage (2 and half to 7 years) which is pre-school, standard 1 and 2.
With Sustainable Development Goal 4 target 2 that calls for Equal access to Quality Pre-primary education for every child by 2030, she says she found it needful to apply for the grant and compliment the government of Malawi in making an easy to use, fun 3D game and cartoon inspired book that is based on relevant curriculum.
By God’s grace, Vera’s project was picked and the comedian Trevor Noah himself mentioned it as one of his favourite initiatives in the video that he recorded for the graduation ceremony.
Children’s entertainment is barely available in Malawi, we therefore commend Vera for her initiative which is also educative at the same time.