Anya has a National Diploma in Pre-primary Education (Barkly House College, 1975), a B.A. degree (UNISA, 2000), a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (UCT, 2004) and a M.Ed. in Education (2014). From 1967 to 2000, Anya taught and managed preprimary schools in Kwazulu Natal under the Natal Education Department. After moving to Cape Town Anya worked at independent schools for six years before joining the Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU), an NGO that supports early childhood development in disadvantaged communities.
Anya Morris is currently the project director of Africa A+ Schools, an innovative educational pilot project being incubated by the Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI) as part of the Western Cape's development strategy. Africa A+ was created, in partnership with Standard Bank, the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDAT), CCDI, and the Oklahoma A+ Schools, to enable schools in how to nurture children's creative, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills in preparation for lifelong success in an uncertain future.
Anya is interested in the professional development of preschool and Grade R educators, and in understanding the learning and teaching of early knowledge. Anya has co-authored a recently published paper on Grade R science.