The Elevate Prize Foundation will provide $250,000 to the Trevor Noah Foundation to advance their work in education. The Trevor Noah Foundation seeks to foster inspiring, learning and teaching environments in South African schools while empowering teachers to be innovative leaders and problem solvers in their classrooms and communities.
Based in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Trevor Noah Foundation is driven by its vision that youth be enabled to dream, see, and build the impossible through quality education. In 2018, the Foundation began with one school. Its mission was to invest in infrastructure, computer labs, digital skills, and career guidance to ensure the students have the opportunity and skills to succeed after graduating high school. Today the Foundation has broadened its mission to empower and train teachers through two core programs – Khulani Schools and Education Changemakers.
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The Khulani Schools program addresses education access and quality in collaboration with communities, government and partners. Schools are hand-selected for demonstrating purpose-driven leadership and a commitment to excellence despite financial, physical and human resource constraints. “Khulani” means “grow” in Xhosa, one of South Africa’s mother tongue languages. Together, stakeholders collaborate closely with each Khulani School to increase their capacity for educational excellence by identifying and investing in priority needs for teacher training and support, learner skills and development, and infrastructure.
Education Changemakers, in partnership with YALI-RCLSA (Young African Leaders Initiative) and the University of South Africa, aims to equip young leaders in the education sector with leadership skills, tools,
a network of support, and resources so they can transform their schools and communities. Education Changemakers consists of in-person leadership training followed by coaching and mentoring, small grants to support school-based initiatives, and connection to an alumni network of like-minded young leaders across the African continent.