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.