We are Make A Difference Leadership Foundation NPC working to develop the leaders of tomorrow

Make A Difference Leadership Foundation aims to provide academically talented scholars with exceptional leadership development opportunities through education and mentorship. We want to inspire a better future for South Africa. Therefore, we offer a comprehensive scholarship programme that focuses on individual support and development.

To ensure that we remain on course towards our vision, we mapped out the Theory of Change that comprises intermediate changes that must occur. Therefore, we have grouped these intermediate changes into broad strategic areas of intervention that directly contribute to achieving our vision. Below are our domains of change and how we contribute to them:

Our Domains of Change

The South African Challenge

South Africa is one of the most unequal societies today, with the richest 10% earning 65% of the national income and 90% of the national wealth. The inequalities in the education system reflect the strong historical links between education and the labour market. Even after the end of Apartheid, patterns in inequality persists. Therefore, South Africa accurately shows how politics and policy interact to perpetuate systems of inequality between poverty and privilege. Despite obvious progress, the two-tiered education system in South Africa is pervasive that two distinct schooling systems are created (Spaull, 2019: 3-8).

Our Solution: A scholarship programme for social justice and equity in education

While scholarships are important tools for combating inequality, their contribution to reducing inequality depends on design and implementation.

We strive towards equity when it comes to educational opportunities in South Africa. We do not only ensure that those who cannot afford a quality education have access to it, but we also offer comprehensive support. While this in itself may not ensure equal outcomes, we strive to ensure that every scholar on our programme has an equal opportunity for success. See programmes and services.

Where We Work

We are a national scholarship with scholars in each province. We have a variety of ways for you to get involved.