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Fellow opens her 20th SPARK School in Soweto 

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2017 Tutu Fellow and Founder of SPARK Schools, Stacey Brewer, has opened another school; this time in the township Soweto, Johannesburg.  The new school opened its doors in January 2019, and is the twentieth school in the SPARK Schools network. SPARK Soweto is located in the west of Soweto.
 
Stacey said she and her team saw the need to open a school in Soweto in oder to meet the demand of the Spark pupils who were mostly from that specific area. This opportunity presented itself after years of planning, and Spark Schools believed that opening schools close to where the pupils' families lived would not only be an investment in the local community, but also potentially lead to substantial savings in travel costs, and ensure that scholars remain close to their support network.
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Fellow Appointed as CEO of FUNDI

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2016 Tutu Fellow, Tshepo Ditshego, has been appointed as the CEO of Fundi, a fintech group across South Africa and Zimbabwe that offers technology services related to education like educational loans, bursary management and cashless payment solutions for schools. 

A play on the African word 'fundi', which means a learned person and the association with funding, Fundi is a leading education finance organisation in Southern Africa.  Access to finance to fund an education is a barrier many potential students face.

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SPARK Schools to open its 16th facility

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2017 Tutu Fellow Stacey Brewer will be opening her 16th educational facility in 2019 in Witpoortjie, South Africa. Stacey is the co-founder of SPARK Schools, an independent school network that she started in 2012 with Ryan Harrison. They believed that an innovative approach could disrupt the crisis in South African education and dedicated themselves to creating a new model that would provide access to high quality education for all.  The network keeps school fees as low as possible. Despite this, the network has schools rated among the top 10 private schools in Johannesburg.

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Ag junior management program enrolls first students

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An agriculture education program started by the global agricultural equipment manufacturer AGCO in partnership with Strathmore University in Kenya, have enrolled their first students.  The program was initiated by two Fellows, AGCO's Nuradin Osman - a 2013 Fellow - and Martin Mbaya, a 2015 Fellow, who is a lecturer at the business school.  The agriculture program seeks to create capacity and skills in the African agriculture sector at a time when people are being asked to do more with less.

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AFLI CEO to serve on ADvTECH Board

AFLI CEO to serve on ADvTECH Board

The CEO of the African Leadership Institute, Jackie Chimhanzi, has been appointed to the Board of ADvTECH.  The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed holding company is a leading private sector education organization. It owns and operates schools, colleges, and academies, as well as career placement and HR companies and headhunters.  Dr. Chimhanzi's appointment is as an independent non-executive director, with effect from 1 January 2017.


ADvTECH Board Chair Chris Boulle said that he was pleased that Jackie had agreed to join the ADvTECH Board. He says she has exceptional educational and business insight which will be of significant benefit to ADvTECH's discussions and decision-making.

ADvTECH is one of the largest diversified education, training and placement groups in South Africa. The education division offers education from pre-primary to diploma, degree and post-graduate levels, including adult basic education and training. It has concentrations in the technology, human resource, industrial and manufacturing sectors.

The announcement by the holding company can be read on their website.

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Rules and racism

Rules and racism

South Africa has seen a series of protests at a girls' school prompted by enforcement of the dress code, which impacted students who wanted to be able to wear afro hairstyles. In a piece for the BBC, Nigerian novelist and writer Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani questions whether a South African school's hair rules really were racist.

She recalled her days as a student at one of Nigeria's most prestigious boarding schools for girls where rules were rigidly enforced and falling foul of them could result in a shaven head. 

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Student protests: a moment to listen and reflect

Student protests: a moment to listen and reflect

The Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Tutu Fellow, Sello Hatang, has found hope in the violence-plagued student protests in South Africa.  In an article published in Business Day, he makes the case that while the physical violence during the student protests is worrying, the  #FeesMustFall movement is cause for hope.

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Why more women are needed in STEM

Why more women are needed in STEM

Tutu Fellow Lade Araba wrote this op ed, which was originally published in This is Africa.

With 62 percent of Nigerians under the age of 24 and 49 percent of its citizens women, Nigeria stands to benefit by harnessing the creativity and intellectual curiosity of young women.

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