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Dominique Schafer

Interim Chair

RB Africa

East London, South Africa

Kristin Toellner

Treasurer

Grant Thornton

New York, New York, USA

Imranul Haque

Secretary

Syracuse, New York, USA

Sanele Ntshingana

Head of Advisory Board

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa

Julie Gedro

State University of New York,

Empire State College

Syracuse, New York, USA

Judy Naylor

Lockport Community Television

Lockport, New York, USA

Brownyn Jacobs

Brownyn Jacobs PR, Media, Communications

Grahamstown, South Africa

Bernadette King

Rhodes University

Grahamstown, South Africa

Nompumelelo Isaac

Oatlands Preparatory

Grahamstown, South Africa

Sanele Ntshingana

Rhodes University Student

Grahamstown, South Africa

Nombulelo Gongqa

Rhodes University Student

Grahamstown, South Africa

Samantha Netzband

Syracuse University Student

Syracuse, New York, USA

Aditya Arun

Rhodes University Student

Grahamstown, South Africa

Inkululeko Summary

Inkululeko (E-ncoo-Lou-Lay-Ko), a Xhosa word, means “freedom.” It is the name of, and the spirit of, this non-profit organization that serves students in Grahamstown, South Africa.

Inkululeko is a space for bright, motivated, potential-laden township youth to improve their academic skills, learn more about university or a specific career path, and, in time, apply to a program of their choice or gain the skills necessary to embark on a career path after high school. Inkululeko assists low-income, previously disadvantaged groups break the cycle of poverty, using education and the potential that comes along with education, as a means to achieve these ends.

Inkululeko has a small, highly-efficient, Xhosa and English speaking South African staff based in Grahamstown, an English speaking staff in the United States and an international volunteer base that engages with youth. Staff and volunteers will work one-on-one with students, several days per week, to identify areas of academic deficiency and work to improve upon those areas.

Inkululeko focuses its efforts on 15-20 youth per year. It admits students beginning in grade eight and works with those students through high school to ensure the student is continually achieving academic success.

Inkululeko has forged collaborations with local and international non-profit organizations and also with Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa – and Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Learn more about Inkululeko’s staff.

Read SU Magazine's "A World of Opportunities."

View Inkululeko's Annual Appeal.

Inkululeko inejongo zukuxhobisa alusokolayo ngokuthi Inekeze amathuba emfundo nophuliso. Luyakuthike olulutsha lusebenze ukuphuhlisa iindawo esihlala kuyo okanye abahlala kuzo. Isihlanu eshumini kubafundi abenza amabanga ukuya kweli lesibhozo luye lushone izifundo. Ngabafundi abathathu kwabalishumi abathi bayokufikelele kwibanga leshumi, uninzi. Kweliphondo lethu akukho zixhobo zokufundisa khonukuze kuncediswe abafundi abasokolayo bezama ke phofu. Ababafund