About Tererai

Dr. Tererai Trent is a symbol of hope for children around the world. Her new book, The Awakened Woman, is based on her story of perseverance. Dr. Trent grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe and always dreamed of getting an education, but limited by traditional Zimbabwean culture, she was married with three children by the time she was eighteen.

Undeterred by traditional roles and cultural norms, Tererai determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. From those humble beginnings, Tererai has become a world-renowned scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator, mentor, and inspiration, leading the global charge in the fight for quality education for all children.

"I am proof that educating girls can create a positive reaction in a community, and help break the cycle of poverty."

- Dr. Tererai Trent


“One of the most inspirational people I’ve met in all my years of interviewing, Tererai has a personal story that will bring you to tears—and make you cheer. Her perseverance, commitment, and hopefulness are a salve to even the weariest of spirits. ”

- Oprah Winfrey