EDUCATION CHANGEMAKERS

HOW THE PROGRAM WORKS

A PAN-AFRICAN OPPORTUNITY

In February 2020, we launched Education Changemakers with 50 young leaders representing 13 Sub-saharan African countries. Our leaders had diverse sets of experience and backgrounds. About 50% were Principals or teachers and 42% identified as living in a rural area.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING: 4 WEEKS

Over the next four weeks, our Education Changemakers completed four weeks of intensive and experiential leadership training. They compared best practices, discussed cutting-edge topics with world-class facilitators, embarked on site visits, and perfected how to pitch their innovative business idea. Pictured here, our leaders visit Streetlight Schools in Jeppestown, an innovative model for low-cost education in the inner-city.

 

PITCHING INNOVATIVE IDEAS

With their newly acquired knowledge, tools and skills, each Education Changemaker pitched their project designed to improve educational outcomes in their schools and communities. They were evaluated in four areas: Value Proposition, Financial Model, Beneficiary and Client Knowledge, and Presentation Skills. The top 10 presentations were eligible for a modest grant.
 

 

RETURN HOME, EMPOWERED

In the end, we honoured the education leaders at a certification ceremony. In addition to the implementation grant, finalists are also paired with a business coach for 6 months, while all Changemakers continue to receive mentorship.

Leaving was bittersweet. Although many were excited to reunite with their families, the camaraderie was undeniably strong.

MEET SOME OF OUR CHANGEMAKERS

TESTIMONIALS

“I’m super grateful to the Trevor Noah Foundation and YALI RCL-SA for making this dream possible for us. As a long time activist, the Education Changemakers Program made me realise that I can be an entrepreneur too. While fighting for justice, one can also bring about much-needed solutions.” – Kabelo Mahlobogwane

“This was the biggest highlight of my life thus far, sharing the same vision with 44 Education activists did not only leave me empowered but obliged to submit to my calling!” – Lerato Esihle

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

To apply for upcoming Education Changemaker cohorts, follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter for updates on the recruitment period.

If you’re interested in partnering as a guest speaker, sponsor, or experiential site visit, please email info@trevornoahfoundation.org for consideration.