Claire McCann holds a BA Honors degree in Economics and Politics from Rhodes University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Economics focusing on the potential of civil society to transform South Africa’s ECD trajectory. Claire is passionate about lifelong learning and hopes to participate in the construction of a more just education system. She has been a mentor and leader in the Nine Tenths Community Engagement program. In 2021, Claire has taken on a part-time role at Rhodes University’s Community Engagement Division, where she facilitates a research group exploring the impact of Nine Tenths and designs a Community Engagement program for private schools. Claire has been recognized as one of the top ten volunteers at Rhodes University in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, she was recipient of Rhodes University’s Student Volunteer of the Year Award.