Who we are

New Leaders Foundation is a not for profit company that is committed to transforming South African education.

We believe that education and unemployment are two of the greatest challenges of our generation and we are committed to developing empowered leaders in education and in our organisation who will shape a positive future for our children.

New Leaders Foundation Twitter: @newleaders.co.za

What we do

We support district and circuit officials by empowering them with tools and skills for collecting and using good quality data. The ultimate goal is to improve learner outcomes and support government in improving education in South Africa.




NLF's Professional Development Programme (PDP) and immersion in education districts provides a unique opportunity for young South Africans. In this dynamic two year work experience, our New Leaders develop professional skills while making a valuable contribution to our country.

The Data Driven Districts Programme (DDD)

The DDD Project is currently NLF’s flagship programme. The project has been led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education. The aim of the project is to improve learner outcomes by improving the way key educational data is collected and used by officials in the education system to support schools and teachers more effectively.

NLF is the implementation partner on the DDD Project and provides a resource (Immersed Consultant – IC ) to each district office. Through training and coaching the IC’s empower the district and school officials with tools, processes and skills for collecting and using quality data to make decisions that improve efficiencies and ultimately learner outcomes.

Visit the Data Driven Districts Website

Our Impact

Districts Launched
Schools Supported
Partner Organisations

As an implementation partner of the Data Driven Districts project we are active in 40 districts in South Africa.

View the 2016 DDD Pilot Project Evaluation

We are currently supporting schools in Limpopo and Gauteng Provinces to collect and submit quality data to be used on the DDD Dashboard

See illustrative example of DDD Dashboard

To create greater scale and impact in schools we have partnered with other NGO's working on the ground to use the DDD Dashboard to directly support school managers and teachers to improve learner outcomes.

Where we work

Key:     Blue – Launched       Green – Soon to be launched       Grey – Not launched

People we reach

New Leaders Activated

We consistently hire graduates to be New Leaders and to work as Immersed Consultants (Project Managers) in the districts


Education Officials Empowered

Through access to the DDD Dashboard and facilitated training, education officials are empowered through quality data and continuous personal development

Learners Reached

The DDD Dashboard provides data & information at an individual learner level; supporting students, teachers, school principals, schools & districts

See illustrative example of DDD Dashboard


New Leaders Foundation is pleased to announce that the South African Council of Educators (SACE) has endorsed 8 DDD training programs for a one year period. Educators who attend one of the DDD programs will earn points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). This is a great step forward towards adding value to the training offered by the DDD team.

The DDD Project was featured on the Finweek Money Matters Show as well as in Finweek Magazine. New Leaders Foundation's Managing Director and Founder, Giles Gillett, discussed the roll out of the Dashboard, how it works and the project's progress. 

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Organisations that support us

Development Programme

The NLF Professional Development Programme (PDP) is an innovative work experience programme that gives passionate young South Africans the opportunity to gain critical business skills whilst making a contribution to improving the South African education system.

Activate a New Leader

Become a New Leader

YOUR COMPANY CAN partner with New Leaders Foundation to activate New Leaders

and transform education in South Africa, thereby leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come. Your most powerful contribution would be a financial donation or making your staff available to assist to mentor New Leaders. By actively getting involved, your company will not only develop leaders, but will also assist in creating jobs, access key talent, and earn CSI and Skills Development points.

YOU CAN join our dynamic New Leaders Foundation team and develop yourself into a New Leader

who will contribute towards transforming education within South Africa. In doing so, you will leave a priceless legacy for generations to come! We look for candidates who are enthusiastic, willing to learn, develop others, and believe that they can make a difference in transforming education in South Africa. In addition to becoming a New Leader, you will earn a salary for two years, gain invaluable experience, and receive ongoing professional development from industry leaders.

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Senior Management


Work Stream & Support


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Contact Info

  • +27 10 590 6100
  • info@newleaders.co.za
  • www.newleaders.co.za
  • Sunnyside Office Park
    Block B, First Floor
    32 Princess of Wales Terrace
    Johannesburg, South Africa