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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

A Model For Public Education

Oprah Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls opened with enormous fanfare in January (and its fair share of criticism). Undeterred by the naysayers, last week, Winfrey opened her second school for poor South African youth: The Seven Fountains School. Winfrey first visited the school in 2002 when it was located on a farm, bringing gifts, clothing, books and teacher-training materials for its 1,000 students and staff. However, the school was later forced to move from the farm and relocated to a building with no windows, little electricity and running water, and only four toilets. During a follow-up visit in 2004, Oprah's Angel Network committed itself to building a new school. Winfrey hopes that the rebuilt school will be a model for public education in South Africa.

Say what you will about Lady O, but you've got to love her generous spirit! Get the full story about the school at


Max The IT pro said...

Oprah is AMAZING!! I really think she should run for president of the USA. She'd easily defeat Hillary - hands down. Anyhow, this is a great story because education for African women is the key to getting the continent to rise like the Fiery Phoenix. I hate seeing women held back. You see, my dad used to burn my step-mother's books when I was growing up in Barbados. What a jackass.

BTW, you guys have a great mag in Mimi. I loooove the photos, the style/layout...EVERYTHING!! Keep it up!

I'll definitely write about it on the my Go Africa go! weblog.

- Maxwell