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Delecia Davids

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2020

Delecia Davids is driven by curiosity and seeks to help young people uncover their purpose through learning, coaching and mentorship. She holds a Master's Degree in Education Policy Studies and an Honours Degree in Education Development and Democracy from Stellenbosch University, both of which she graduated cum laude. She is currently a junior lecturer and novice researcher at the same institution, specialising in teacher education related to curriculum innovation, educational technology, and research on student development in co-curricular spaces.

Guided by her teaching and research interest, Delecia's involvement in social impact has led her to develop an after-school development programme for grade 12 learners in partnership with the Social Justice Agency, which focuses on digital literacy and career readiness. Since September this year, she has been a Board Member of the Mido Foundation, a non-profit in Jamestown, Stellenbosch, which aims to decrease youth unemployment through digital enablement.

Delecia is a certified Gallup/Clifton Strengths Coach specialising in strengths-based leadership development. She is the speaker curator and licensee role at TEDxStellenbosch, which provides a platform for local ideas worth spreading. Delecia is a Stellenbosch and Michigan State University Ubuntu Dialogues Fellow and a recipient of the Honorary Award from the International Golden Key Society for her academic, leadership and service achievements.

Delecia also has a deep love for the environment and believes that education is a core aspect of addressing the climate crisis. Because of this, she has been the Curiosity Coach and Programme Developer of Matrics in Antarctica, which has led a nationwide educational competition to find five environmentally conscious grade 12 learners since its inception in 2020. Delecia will join the group of students, educators and world-renowned explorers on the expedition in December 2022.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2024, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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