Marlene Silbert

Director of Interfaith Intercultural Youth Programme

Every one of us can make a difference and help to create a society in which we can live in peace and harmony and respect the dignity of difference.

ABOUT Marlene

Marlene’s life-long commitment to human rights activism and her Jewish heritage has informed and shaped her dedication to education. An anti-apartheid activist, Marlene studied at UCT; served on SRC; and was Head Woman Student of the University and Women's Res. She taught at Herzlia High for 20 years, also performing the role of Deputy Principal. She was the Founding Education Director of The Cape Town Holocaust Centre and has developed education programmes for The SA Jewish Museum.

Marlene is a member or the International Committee of Ethics on 'Ethics in Education'. She has published many articles in a number of journals. She has authored the following manuals and workbooks for teachers: “The Holocaust: Lessons for humanity” and the “Education Manual for the S.A. Jewish Museum”.

As a member of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative, she serves as Director of the Interfaith Intercultural Youth Programme. Through her compassion and great professionalism Marlene has impacted thousands of high school pupils, university students, and members of both the civil service and broader civil society.


  • Education

  • Interfaith

  • Youth Development

Currently Marlene is the Director of the Interfaith Intercultural Youth Programme which falls under the auspices of the Cape Town Interfaith Initiative. This two year programme offers the learners an exciting and refreshing opportunity to examine their schools as a community and what this means in a country of such cultural diversity and difference. During the second year, the programme participants tutor primary school pupils from Mimosa Primary School in Bonteheuwel. This component is organised in partnership with Amy Foundation. Thus far, over 300 Grade 10 & Grade 11 pupils from 15 schools situated in different geographical locations have participated in the Programme.