The Norkitt Education Leadership Initiative (NELI) works to improve School Governing Body (SGB) capacity. Improved school leadership, governance and community mobilisation capabilities promote better learning outcomes and can impact inequality in our education system.

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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