The Class of 2020 attended their first workshop in the Tutu Fellowship Programme at Mont Fleur in South Africa in November 2021, delayed more than a year by the COVID pandemic. It was an immersive and emotional experience for the group, with a visit to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, now home to a permanent and poignant exhibition of our late Founding Patron.
The tour stimulated deep reflection on courage, justice, values, servant leadership and the sacrifices that leaders must make. Speakers included Monica Geingos, Trevor Manuel, Prof Carlos Lopes, and Valter Adao.
Feedback from the workshop was positive, with Fellows making comments like:
"The most positive aspect of the programme was that it was not academic but very practical. The self-reflection aspects which were carried through across the programme also stood out for me the most. The programme did not focus on teaching what leadership was but more on how to effectively lead in our spaces and context."
"Reflection time stood out the most. The time to synthesize the day and answer the questions shared with us at the beginning of the workshop. Reflection time required me to internally dig deeper most days and find answers to questions about my work, country, and life beyond. Another positive aspect is the safe space the faculty created from beginning of the workshop. The faculty were so kind and constantly encouraging"
"The caliber of the speakers and the time allocated to each stood out for me. There was enough time for associates to ask questions and really engage with the speakers. The flow of the programme also stood out as it was building up from the previous day or session."