Sumaiyah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics, International Relations, and Development Studies, as well as an Honours degree in Politics and International Relations, both obtained from the University of Johannesburg. She recently obtained a Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Sumaiyah is passionate about education, research, and eradicating gender-based violence. Whilst at university, Sumaiyah became part of the Eliminate Domestic Violence (EDV) Youth Council, an international student chapter organisation. Through this initiative she attended and co-ran workshops on gender based violence. She enjoys combining artistic skills and expression with learning and creating awareness. She believes research and education are important tools that have the power and potential to make a difference in society. The classroom presents an amazing opportunity to enrich the mind, share diverse perspectives, grow confidence, and encourage critical thinking. She enjoys teaching as well as learning.