The quality of teachers is a seminal and binding constraint for truly unlocking human potential that fundamentally underpins the success of South Africa’s young democracy. To support this, what is needed is for the classroom to be seen for the vehicle of change. In short, we want to make the strongest possible case and provide the greatest possible support for our best students to become our best teachers.

The Jakes Gerwel Fellowship is committed to creating this pipeline of future, high impact teachers. These are individuals who through purposely following their passion for subjects in which they achieve subject mastery, can become tomorrow’s expert teachers. As expert teachers, Jakes Gerwel Fellows are encouraged to also follow leadership and entrepreneurial paths within the teaching field so that in a collaborative manner, they are compelled to solve some of the biggest obstacles that currently characterise our education system.

Prof Catherine Kell

Director, UCT School of Education

"It seems exactly what is needed to … develop deep leadership in the field and we are very grateful to you for opening up this possibility."

Mrs Phadiela Cooper

Principal, COSAT

"This sounds like a wonderful initiative and one that would ensure that prospective teachers are well-equipped for the teaching task."

Mr Tony Reeler

Headmaster, Pretoria Boys High School

"I am dead keen for us to be part of the programme of developing teachers. We are in!"