Pearl Oriele Perumal
As a medical scientist doubling up as an education activist and leadership development coach, my Ikigai is oriented toward problem-solving, reducing resource inaccessibility, combating educational inequities as well as advocating for youth empowerment. My interests stem from both science and education fields, with an emphasis on youth leadership development, student well-being as well as capacity building for social impact. Always guided by empathetic and servant leadership, as well as the desire to evolve youth into their true potential, I aim to equip them with the five minds of the future: the disciplined mind, the synthesising mind, the creating mind, the respectful mind as well as the ethical mind. Thus, having co-founded the youth-led initiative: Pearlitas of Wisdom - which aims to create youth empowerment, mental health awareness, access to opportunities as well as acquisition of knowledge and wisdom.
Apart from establishing solid transformational education frameworks, through learner-centered best practices; I also focus on co-creating, co-designing and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organisations. This propels change in promoting the essence of Ubuntu, reigniting imagination, implementing alternate education forms, and promoting psycho-social and emotional support systems to those on the African continent.