Oprah Winfrey’s Incredible Contribution to Education in Africa

Oprah with Students at Her Leadership School

U.S. talk show host, Oprah Winfrey,  must be commended for her outstanding contribution to the education of young girls in Africa. Her interest and work  in Africa is a shining example of how this wonderful woman of grace and dignity uses her hard earned wealth and influence to extend a hand of generosity not only to the American world around her but to a world distant from her that she holds dear. Africa has always been on the U.S. superstars’ mind and when the opportunity came for her to connect with her roots, Oprah did so with style.

She has established one of the most well-equipped schools for girls in South Africa, to nurture, educate and turn gifted South African girls from impoverished backgrounds into the country’s future leaders. What is also fascinating is that Oprah has a hands-on in the school’s administration. She is always abreast with what is happening on the ground and request constant reports from staff as to the well-being of her students.  The recent defamation case filed by the former headmistress of her girls school against her, for simple comments she made about her, can only be viewed as a futile attempt to embarrass a woman whose kindness and generosity can only be matched by her resilience and fortitude. Oprah has a distinguished and impeccable background and may not even need any defence to exonerate her.

The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls  was created to support the development of a new generation of women leaders in South Africa.  Oprah’s aim is to empower young girls who by virtue of their education and leadership will positively transform themselves, their communities and the larger world around them.  It is interesting to note that  the Academy provides a rigorous and supportive educational environment for academically talented girls who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

This fine contribution by Oprah to the development and education of young girls in Africa will indeed leave a legacy of her compassion and humanitarian desire to make the world a better place for humanity. Young South African girls should have little difficulty looking elsewhere for a role model to define their future aspirations and dreams on. Oprah Winfrey is a classical example of the American dream and there is absolutely nothing wrong in having an African dream.

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  4. Frank Simpkins

    Oprah, Black students in this country graduate three years behind White kids…Black students have a drop-out rate of 53%…If we combine this drop-out rate with the highly conservative estimate that 16% of these students will fail to pass state required exit exams, we arrive at a figure, indicating that only 37% of Black students will receive high school diplomas…Functional illiteracy is one indicator of the demise of a community…The Black community presently has an adult illiteracy of over 44% and climbing…A great deal of young adult and juvenile Black male offenders are incarcerated at alarming rates within our correctional institutions…A large percentage of these offenders are “functionally illiterate”…If you don’t read, you don’t know and will never find out”..(Green)..Illitreacy remains the villian which continues to cause so many of the problems of the Black community and problems confronting other minorities…”Between the Rhetoric and Reality” Lauriat Press; Simpkins&Simpkins,2009…written by two concerned African American brothers, can be previewed on either”Amazon.Com, or Borders”.

  5. Udesh Ramsundar

    It will be appreciated ,if someone can give me the contact details of Oprah Winfey.The Durban University of Technology in South Africa has an interesting capital project that it needs funding for to house higher education students that are either squatting or cannot afford to pay for outsourced/leased expenses. All these students are govt sponsored for fees but we do not have the premises to house them on our campuses. This funding ,estimated to be R275M for an additional 1500 beds is what we seek to raise, to build new student residences.The South african government is prepared to partially fund the project with R65M whilst we have to fundraise or bank finance the balance of R210M

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