Teach the Nation recruits South Africa’s most inspiring future leaders from varied disciplines to teach in South Africa’s high need schools in under-served communities through an innovative and impactful, two-year Fellowship.

The Teach the Nation Fellowship is a locally rooted and globally informed transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classroom in the communities we serve. Through this fellowship, our young leaders significantly improve the achievements and aspirations of their students, thereby disrupting the cycle of inequality and poverty that affects the education attainment of South African children.

After the Fellowship, Teach the Nation supports alumni to build on their teaching experience through strategic career guidance and access to high impact employment opportunities. Our alumni receive training to progress into leadership roles in their varied professions. The Teach the Nation model is based on the proven success of 54 country organizations including Teach For America, Teach First UK, Teach For Ghana, Teach for Nigeria, Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For Nepal and Teach For India, who are all part of the Teach For All network.

Our vision for impact in South Africa

We are passionate about providing every child, irrespective of their socio-economic background, a quality education. We do this by investing into a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity by teaching and leading in high need schools.

Our mission to build leadership

To bring together, and develop, a group of leaders committed to challenging education inequity in South Africa. By living the values of servant leadership our teachers are trained to motivate and inspire their students to be leaders who are confident in their ability to achieve success in the classroom and in life.

Why we exist:​

Millions of children in South lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future.

This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for our nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach The Nation exists to change this narrative.

Management Team

David Oliphant

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer​

Emillie Albert

Co-founder & Chief Operation Officer​

Grace Macharia​

Head of Development​

board of directors

David Oliphant

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer​


Regional Director of Ashoka Southern Africa


Impact specialist, Finance expert

MoAfrika wa Mokgathi

Radio Broadcaster, Co-Founder (Hear My Voice) Public Relations, Leadership.