Pitch Day and Graduation

After four weeks of intensive training, our Education Changemakers put their newly acquired knowledge, tools and skills to the test. In three minutes, the Leaders pitched projects designed to improve educational outcomes in their schools and communities, followed by two minutes of follow up questions by the esteemed panel of judges. They scored the pitches […]

Going Places and Singing

Being fashionable and making a statement is not just for the runways of New York, but also the classrooms. Usiphatheleni Khanyile commands attention everywhere he goes with his fashion, but he also commanded the focus of his learners by making the subject of Geography more interesting through song and dance, or “Geowemah”. “Awemah”, as he […]

Full STEAM Ahead!

The cohort appointed her “Head Girl”, and as would any Head Girl, Khanyisile Masikane presented the appreciation speech on behalf of her participants on the day of the graduation. Khanyisile is passionate about incorporating STEAM within education. Her understanding of the importance of STEAM education led her to develop Exohub, an initiative that ensures schools […]

Promoting Parent Empowerment

As an educator from the Tembisa, Nomabli Nxumalo understands the vital part that parents play when it comes to the education of their children’s lives. But what happens when that parent has difficulty understanding what their child is taught? “I once sent a letter home with the learners, and a parent called me to tell […]

Gaming to Learn

Vera Mlia is a Lead Artist at the Studio for Humanity who is a true innovator in the education sector in Malawi. Vera understands that a country like Malawi has limited opportunities in advanced technologies such as coding and gaming. However, this did not stop her from gamifying the curriculum for elementary and primary school […]

Experiential Learning Site Visits

The participants also visited Buhlebuzile Secondary School in Thokoza and  Monde Primary school. At Monde, the participants were taken aback by the sheer passion of the principal who uses learner assessment data to identify at-risk learners and then assists them with overcoming those barriers. Monde Primary School is was also an example of how teachers […]

Presenting the First Education Changemaker Cohort

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center Southern Africa (RLC-SA) and the Trevor Noah Foundation launched the Education Changemakers Leadership programme on the evening of the 10 February 2020. The launch welcomed fifty young leaders from thirteen countries across Southern Africa selected to participate in the programme. The launch at the UNISA Graduate […]

Belhah Mlimela

Meet Belhah Mlimela, a 17-year girl who not only recently matriculated from New Nation School with three distinctions, but also received an all-inclusive CTAOP Youth Leaders Scholarship to study at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  We sat down with Belhah and talked about what this scholarship and new journey as a university student means to her […]

Undocumented Lives Matter

The ability to access education in South Africa is perceived as a norm but for many undocumented young people, it has been a struggle. This has been highlighted to the Trevor Noah Foundation through our partnership with New Nation School. For learners who have found themselves without schooling options, New Nation School is a safe […]


As the year was winding down and everyone was in a giving mood, we joined the #GivingTuesdaySA movement on the 03 December 2019 at WeWork Rosebank, Johannesburg. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fuelled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday […]