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Sarah Weirich

South Africa & University of the Witwatersrand, 2020

Sarah holds a Drama Therapy Honours degree and is undertaking a Masters in Drama Therapy. Throughout her studies, Sarah has excelled academically and received the Dean’s Medal. Her Honours research, in which she proposes a novel treatment for Eating Disorders, received the South African Association of Drama Therapy Research Award; and was presented in 2019 at the UJ-Student and PsySSA conference.

As an aspiring African leader, Sarah's passion for education, youth development and the arts has compelled her to reimagine an educational sector that places students' wellbeing at the forefront. Her extensive work as both a tutor and founder of a Gr8 Mathematics-Readiness program has highlighted the need to make mental health services accessible within the educational sector. This lead Sarah to develop an experiential program titled ‘I don’t know…Yet’ to address school anxiety.

Sarah is passionate about developing inclusive education systems and aspires to work within an interdisciplinary team that attends to pertinent psychosocial concerns affecting youth-development. In particular, Sarah is driven towards mitigating stigma around mental illness among youth populations. In addition to her work within education, Sarah serves as a school counsellor under the Jahannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre. Sarah's choice of engagement is art-based and integrative; believing the arts to be a cross-cultural unifier and a poignant tool for social transformation. Sarah believes that whilst education is quintessential to personal growth, the provision of emotional support empowers young people to bravely embrace their world. Sarah aspires to do exactly that as a future Educational Psychologist and Mandela Rhodes Scholar.

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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)

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

Leadership:

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?

Reconciliation:

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?

Education:

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?

Entrepreneurship:

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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