A 2009 Tutu Fellow’s Community project, Tswelopele Sisterhood and Girls Club in Alexandra, which was co-founded by Geci Karuri-Sebina PhD, recently got a boost from another Tutu Fellow.  2018 Fellow Edzai Zvobwo and his nonprofit, The Education Support Forum, have partnered with Tswelopele to facilitate the girls' skills development by donating 30 tablets to help expand virtual learning. The tablets will also help supplement tutoring and access to e-resources during this period as schools are disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to be awarded the Tutu Fellowship, participants are required to complete three assignments, one of which is a community project in keeping with the servant leadership tenet that underpins the programme.

The community project is how the Tutu Associates, individually or collectively, can start to make a difference in Africa while still on the programme.

Edzai’s organisation works with a number of corporations in South Africa to effect change in the community through the companies’ Corporate Social Initiatives and similar donations. Edzai is a maths and STEM expert and educationalist, who also took time to talk to the girls about education, careers and the future of work, and how they can use the tablets for self-improvement.

The Tswelopele Sisterhood and Girls Club in Alexandra Township in Johannesburg, South Africa, is a girl-focused, self-development group that seeks to increase the girls' life chances under difficult circumstances, by emphasizing self-awareness, responsibility, determination and growth. This is done through mutual support, mentorship, soft skills development, and network building.

You can read more about the Tswelopele Sisterhood and Girls Club at the Community Projects section of the site. 

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.