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Nurturing expert teachers who embrace innovation and lead change

Jakes Gerwel Fellowship supports aspirational & inspiring future leaders in SA's education system

location_on South Africa
We are a full university scholarship, providing extensive mentoring & leadership development for top learners with a passion for teaching & education. We nurture expert teachers who embrace innovation & can lead the kind of change our education sector needs. So, we aim to make the strongest possible case & provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best teachers.
 Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD
“The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers.”

Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills at the OECD


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Updated on August 9th, 2022
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Why did you create this innovation?

We noted that the impact of an intervention in SA’s education system was often curtailed by the weak underlying quality of teaching staff. In particular, the local teaching profession is characterized by low academic entry points & fails to attract high caliber future education leaders. In short, we are motivated to make teaching an aspirational profession for young and innovative leaders.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Our application process is fully online and begins with an Eligibility Quiz that
helps us filter through the most eligible candidates to ensure we reach quality
applicants. When applicants complete the application, our system
scores each application, once again making the review process more seamless.

Our internationally acclaimed selection process helps identify high-potential
applicants with key competencies that we assess to ensure we select the best candidates to be part of our Fellowship.

These candidates, upon being onboarded onto the Fellowship are supported and
equipped through access to personal coaches, mentors & expert teachers, and structured communities of practice.

Upon qualification as teachers, we expose them to our Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) program which has been designed to further teaching competencies in our beneficiaries. They are supported & guided with the expertise of our Teacher Coaches who guide
the most critical years of our NQTs’ teaching careers.

How has it been spreading?

In the five years since we started, we have achieved
Our selection process was profiled at the Assessment Centre Study Group hosted by the Xavier Institute of Management, India (2018)
JGF's selection process was showcased at the Assessment Centre Study Group, South Africa (2019)
JGF was the South African in-country partner for T4 World Education Week and assisted in securing 7 of the top 100 schools from South Africa (2020)
Two Candidate Fellows were recognised as part of the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans (2021)
JGF was a runner-up in the Nedbank Private Wealth Innovation Awards for both the resilience and innovation categories in the South African non-profit sector
Pre-covid applications increased by 839% from 460 in 2019 to 5212 in 2021 (2021)
We raise funds to scale.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Secure strategic partners with well-established entities to support the model
Secure stable funding to finance the operations, selection process, and technology thereof
Ensure personnel are professionals with strong skillsets in the education funding sector, as well as student support
Establish contact with Julian Hewitt, the Founding CEO of Jakes Gerwel Fellowship.


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May 2022
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