South Africa, 2020
Sarah Neilon is passionate about improving South Africa’s education system. She became interested in education as she critically engaged with her own private schooling. In 2012 she embarked on the journey of becoming involved in education through studying a Bachelor of Education degree through UNISA, from which she graduated Cum Laude. Sarah has volunteered with various NGOs, most notably in Red Frogs SA - a support network which aims to safeguard the next generation. She has held various leadership positions within this organisation, which equipped her with people, leadership and administrative skills. She took her first teaching position at an NGO, LIV Village, a place of safety for orphaned and vulnerable children. This school exposed her to the educational crisis facing rural schools. This ignited her passion to create appropriate and accessible education for all South Africans. In 2019, Sarah moved to Cape Town to teach at The Grove Primary School in order to gain more insight into the education system. In 2020 she will study her Bachelor of Education Honours, specialising in Educational Change. Her goal is to be involved in government and the educational NGO space - mentoring and training teachers. Sarah loves being outdoors and spends much of her time identifying wildflowers. She is an enthusiastic runner and horse rider. When not outdoors, Sarah can be found reading, cooking and exploring South Africa.