Imagine Scholar is creating outstanding opportunities for students in rural South Africa, recently they won three international awards for their approach.
Mpumalanga, South Africa (27 January 2020) – Imagine Scholar creates outstanding opportunities for students, it rejects the one-fits-all model of schooling and prefers to focus on the student’s individual skills, nurturing the individual learning styles and encouraging the students to create prototypes, collaborate, challenge one another, and even fail!
The school has innovated the way education works in South Africa, and their efforts are paying off. Their students have gone on to do incredible things! Students have been awarded international scholarships and even used their skills to convert the school to off the grid.
The innovative South African education programme has now been awarded several accolades at the international Wharton Business School – QS Reimagine Education Awards in London. They received:
- The “Gold” award in the Arts & Humanities discipline
- The “Silver” award for best education programs in the African region, and
- The “Silver” award for most innovative K12 education program globally
The programme is based in the semi-rural Nkomazi region of South Africa’s Mpumalanga province and works to create an opportunity for children within these areas. The focus on the untapped human potential in an area devoid of strong education infrastructure.
The school focusses on building curiosity, creativity, and character by working on student’s individual skills.
Imagine Scholar youth have shattered glass ceilings that typically hem in the progress of students from rural geographies. The program boasts a growing alumni network studying at prestigious institutions across four continents.
They also won grant money which will be used to boost their programmes come 2020.
“Since inception, Imagine Scholar has emphasized ethics and a sense of culture in learning. It is gratifying not only to see our relatively small program be awarded among true international leaders in the education space, but also to see how ahead of the curve our program’s pedagogical approach has been for years. The speakers’ and judges’ prioritization of initiatives that underscore the intrinsic value of learning and the importance of cultivating kind and empathetic leaders for the 21st-Century was inspiring, to say the least.” – Caitlin Graaf, Imagine Scholar’s Strategy & Engagement Manager