Student-driven electric vehicle

Imagine Scholars win the Mpumalanga Electric Vehicle Competition for the 3rd consecutive year

Identifying talent and fostering skills


Imagine Scholar rejects the one-fits-all model. With a diverse and multi-talented student body, we recognize that not everyone learns at the same pace and under the same conditions. Each of our students have unique thought processes, strengths, and weaknesses. With our highly student-centric program, not only do we cater to individual learning styles, but we also foster the unique skills that set Imagine Scholars apart from the rest.

The program caters to the exploration of individual passions. Students are encouraged to try. They are encouraged to prototype, collaborate, challenge one another, and even fail! Whether it is building electric vehicles, writing and performing poetry, or learning to code, the Scholars continually push the boundaries of what is accessible and attainable in our rural setting.

“One my favorites quotes is by Barack Obama, ‘If you run, you stand a chance of losing, but if you do not run, you have already lost.’ It taught me that I am stronger than fear and I can do anything I want as long as I set my mind into it. It also taught me that it’s okay to fail, the fact that I tried and failed is an accomplishment because I had believed in myself that I had the potential.” – Mandisa (Class of 2015)

Our entrepreneurial approach to education is highly tactile and action-oriented. We learn from experiencing and dive into real-world problems in our community.


A student-driven approach to sustainability


Students’ ideas and aspirations often extend far beyond the walls of Imagine Scholar. Many of them find themselves in programs, academies, competitions, and conferences across South Africa, across African borders, and even internationally! By the time 2016 comes to a close the students will have engaged in multi-cultural excursions, including the Yale Young Global Scholars program, in Johannesburg, Singapore, Rwanda, and the United States. We believe in the power of holistic and diverse experiences to effect sustainable development at home.

With a vast storehouse of experience, our students are well equipped to apply concepts they have learned abroad back to

Community clean-up initiative

The Scholars organized and participated in a community clean-up for Kamhlushwa

our community to enact truly sustainable change. Although Imagine Scholar’s staff in Mpumalanga are well versed in the cultural complexities of our environment, we acknowledge that, our students understand their own communities, cultures, and obstacles better than anyone else.

One of our primary organizational goals is to have Imagine Scholar be run by student alumni on the ground by the year 2020. This way, the alumni become role models in their communities, and become personally responsible for the progressive development of their neighborhoods. We believe that our alumni will develop the program to its full potential, reaching new heights in the quality and standards of rural education.


Creating a familial environment


“You are always part of Imagine Scholar. What your learned in that building stays with you wherever you go, but more importantly the relationships never end. The family that you build will always be your family” –Thenjiwe (Class of 2014)

Student-driven mentorship program

An Imagine Scholar mentors her “little buddy” during of of our student-operated “Big Buddy Days”

Our program does not end after a four-year curriculum. Rather, it remains a part of each student for the rest of his or her life. With our program and long-term strategic plans we seek to provide a mechanism of cyclical innovation and motivation for our students and alumni. Image Scholar will continue to encourage individuality, push creativity, and develop our student-driven approach for years to come. It’s our culture!