University of Cape Town: UCT’s Mandela Rhodes Foundation scholars for 2022

The focus of the MRF programme is to build exceptional leadership capacity in Africa, emulating the example and legacy of the foundation’s founder and patron, the late former president Nelson Mandela.

“The work of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation will substantively contribute to a better life for the people of South Africa and further abroad on the African continent,” said Mandela at the founding of the MRF.

Candidates selected for the programme may study in any field of their choice. The scholarship includes a compulsory leadership development programme of either one or two years, depending on the duration of the course chosen by the candidate.

The aim is to empower these young leaders to tackle some of Africa’s biggest challenges and develop a community of like-minded people aiming to effect positive transformation on the continent.

The UCT MRF candidates are:

Mikhaila Steenkamp
Mikhaila Steenkamp.
Blair Ntambi (Uganda)
Andre Ossou (Cameroon)
Gugulethu Dube (Zimbabwe)
Hannah Akutcha (Ghana)
Ismail Ombo (South Sudan)
Karabo Malahleha (South Africa)
Leina Meoli (Kenya)
Luqman Jama (Somalia)
Mikhaila Steenkamp (South Africa)
Nadia van der Merwe (South Africa)
Nicola Chidyaonga (Malawi)
Reginald Nyakanda (Zimbabwe)
Sagel Kundieko (DRC)
Samantha Osanjo (Kenya)
Sharna Fester (South Africa)
One of the UCT Mandela Rhodes scholars, Mikhaila Steenkamp, who is studying towards a Master of Education in Education Policy, Leadership and Change, aims to build a more equitable and inclusive society.

“I believe that schools can be powerful spaces to develop students who are empathetic and self-actualised critical thinkers, and who are equally empowered to shape their lives and communities. I hope to be an advocate for (and with) the teachers who are integral to that vision, and ensure that they are supported – at the levels of both policy and praxis – to develop and exercise their own agency in their work. I also look forward to how the Mandela Rhodes programme, and my fellow scholars, will challenge me and expand my thinking and competencies.”

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