Team Owlag
Ms OW

A Word From Our Founder

“I know for sure that this school will change the trajectory of their lives. They will excel and pass their excellence on to their families, their nation, and our world. The school’s fundamental value is to encourage each girl to develop her critical thinking to create the best life possible for her, and then use her life in service to others, no matter her calling.”

 

Ms Oprah Winfrey: Life’s Greatest Work.

Our Philosophy

The theme of leadership and leadership development
is intergrated throughout the academy in both its
academic and social activities. This emphasis is rooted
in the South African principle of Ubuntu, which
encompasses the ideals of humanity, compassion, and
service to others.

Throughout their years at the academy, students learn
to embody the spirit of Ubuntu and are able to harness
their leadership skills to serve and inspire those around
them.

Most importantly, we strive to raise future leaders who
are able to navigate a variety of social and cultural
context, and who will remain committed to the
development of South Africa, the African continent,
and the entire globe.

Mission

We strive to provide a nurturing educational
environment for academically gifted girls who come
from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Our educational programmes are designed for girls in grade 8 to 12
who have demonstrated academic talent and
leadership potential

We equip students with the intellectual and social skills
necessary to assume positions of leadership in South
Africa and abroad.

Vision

We support the development of a new generation of
dynamic women leaders

By virtue of their unique education, it is our hope that
this geeration will lead a positive and ednduring
transformation of their communities and country.

Our Values

We support the development of a new generation of women leaders who, by virtue of their education and service, will lead the charge to transform themselves, their communities, and the larger world around them. This goal adheres to the Academy’s principles of Ubuntu, which encompass the ideals of humanity, compassion and service to others. The spirit of Ubuntu permeates the Academy and is central to the way in which students think, speak, act and interact with others. We bring the principles of Ubuntu to life with a focus on four core values:

1

Respect

Respect for the inherent dignity of every individual is a fundamental tenet of the Academy’s teachings. This respect is manifested through an acceptance of the diversity of cultures, backgrounds, beliefs and ideas represented by the Academy’s community of students, staff and friends.

2

Honour

Honour is the foundation upon which students’ thoughts, actions and interactions are based. Students undertake their actions guided by a sense of trust, integrity and responsibility for the decisions that they make.

3

Service

Students are expected to develop a life long commitment to the service of others. This commitment is actively nurtured at the Academy through students’ engagement in service projects that aim to improve the lives and circumstances of individuals and communities.

Students are expected to develop a life long commitment to the service of others. This commitment is actively nurtured at the Academy through students’ engagement in service projects that aim to improve the lives and circumstances of individuals and communities.

4

Compassion

Students are expected to demonstrate compassion for the less privileged, the vulnerable and others in need. This sense of compassion is made active through service projects and other activities that students undertake to offer assistance and support to their fellow human beings whenever

possible. These values underpin our expectations for student conduct. Disciplined and responsible behaviour, coupled with an understanding of and respect for the rights of other students is essential for the development of harmonious relationships in the Academy.

Meet Our Team

Highly experienced and qualified professionals driven by their charge to change the narrative of South African girls and even African girls, one girl at a time.

Ms
Oprah Winfrey

Owlag Founder

Dr
Katherine Windsor

Ms Porter ‘s School, Farmingto…

Prof
Kimberlyn Leary

Harvard Medical School/McLean…

Mrs 
Tasneem Sulaiman-Bray

Agrimark Operations Ltd

Mrs
Marang Denalane

Sphere Holdings

Dr
Charlotte Jacobs

University Of Pennsyvania Grad…

Mrs
Nirvani Dhevchharran

Harvard Medical School/McLean…

Mrs
Pippa Tubman Armerding

Havard Business SA Research Ce…

Mrs
Prisha Bhoola

Lireas Holdings-a Subsidiary…

Dr
Randall Carolissen

University Of Johannesburg

Scholarship Application Statement

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for Girls

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls strives to provide a nurturing educational environment for academically gifted girls who come from impoverished backgrounds.

In an effort to preserve the Academy’s mission by awarding scholarships to deserving learners from impoverished communities, the Academy welcomes the appointment of AFRIZAN PEOPLE INTELLIGENCE to provide learner recruitment services for the Academy’s 2023/24 intakes.

With over 30 years of experience in recruitment, Afrizan is able to deliver a consistent and specialised approach towards learner recruitment.

Prospective applicants must direct all admission queries to admissions@afrizan.co.za to find out more about 2023/24 applications.

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