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Jessica Baker

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2013

Social Worker with experience and expertise in NGO management, Early Childhood Development and social work services. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Analytical Skills, Programme management, Coaching, and Program Evaluation. A strong education background with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) focused in Social Work from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Cum Laude) and Masters in Social Work from Stellenbosch University. (Cum Laude). Founder and host of the the newly launched podcast, Relate Your Research, an online platform for social workers and researchers to share their unique experiences, creating an innovative dialogue while preserving knowledge.

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Could you be a Mandela Rhodes Scholar?

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Could you be a Scholar?


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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