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Sarah Malwil

South Sudan & University of Pretoria, 2023

Sarah Malwil holds a Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Juba, and has served in her department as a teaching assistant since her graduation. She is currently involved in student research work that aims at mapping the detailed geology of her country given that very few geological works have been done in the region with the sole aim of educational reporting or exploratory work.

Sarah is a dedicated member of her society and together with colleagues, she has co-founded a national non-governmental organization - CHAD, which stands for Change-makers for Humanitarian Aid and Development. CHAD supports the vulnerable poor in her community and works closely with women, children and disadvantaged youth in building talents and vocational skills that promote employment through training in building local consumer products.

Sarah also works closely with the United Nations Women community, via an association known as the Monitoring and Advocacy Group which tackles the effective participation of women in political decision-making in the post-conflict structure of the government of her country. This group currently works with newly appointed female members of parliament to bring awareness to policies that affect the everyday South Sudanese woman.
Sarah was a SUDD scholar in her undergraduate and as a Mandela-Rhodes scholar, she intends to pursue a Master’s in cross-disciplinary course of Engineering and Environmental Geology Hydrogeology, so as to gain credible skills in solving an outstanding water issue in her community and her country at large.

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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 2023, 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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