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The Norkitt Education Leadership Initiative (NELI)
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Kerry, a co-founder and project manager of NELI, has worked for the past 8 years in NPO/NGO project development and management. She enjoys supporting teams to achieve their goals and has worked with groups around South Africa to support health, human rights, community mobilisation and media interventions.

The Norkitt Education Leadership Initiative (NELI)

NELI aims to strengthen support to School Governing Bodies (SGBs), both through better ­designed capacity building programs and through the creation of bodies that connect SGBs to one another and to other forms of support.

Historical inequality in South Africa has entrenched an education crisis. This has resulted in pervasive institutional weakness, which, in turn, leaves our State institutions vulnerable to capture. These, mutually reinforcing, crises trap the country in a destructive cycle.

By creating a cadre of community-level governors who ensure good governance for school improvement and community oversight, NELI offers a unique model to impact this cycle.

NELI strengthens institutional capacity within the SGB, to ensure members have:

- a meaningful say in how schools are run;
- the ability to hold education stakeholders accountable; and
- the confidence to mobilise and leverage the knowledge, skills, and networks of the school’s community (including the schools' neighbours, small business leaders, religious leaders, NGOs, government and corporations).

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