Educating future leaders


Reflections: 10 years of LEAP

Reflecting on LEAP’s beginnings in 2004 and its growth – from a single school serving Langa to six no-fee, independent schools in three provinces – John Gilmour remembers the sheer joy of doing things differently.


Fixing a broken system

Johnny Copelyn and HCI are major supporters of LEAP’s work, funding LEAP 2 and its engagement with partner schools Herzlia United and Litha Primary in Gugulethu.


Valuing education

The inequity in South Africa’s education system should be declared a national emergency because by allowing the situation to continue as it is, we perpetuate the abhorrent impact of apartheid and colonialism.


‘Third tier’ of education shows encouraging results

When the Mail & Guardian arrived at LEAP 4 in Diepsloot, we were led past brightly painted walls to meet our guides in the busy staff room, grade 10 pupils Ilana Ngwenya and Vusi Mkhandawirne. “Are you the head girl?” we asked Ilana. “No. We are all leaders here,” she said. “Shall we begin our tour?”


Building Bridges

This article by Anne Arnott looks at the partnership between LEAP Diepsloot and their partner school, Dainfern College, and how the partnership is giving the students an opportunity to interact, understand their differences and find out what they have in common.


Values - Everyone at LEAP commits to:

  • Being kind, honest and healthy
  • Being punctual and looking good
  • Working hard and never giving up
  • Admitting and learning from mistakes
  • Confronting issues and being open to change
  • Working together and sharing