Author Archive | David Jacobs


New Year! New Energy!

Dear Donors, Partners and Friends of GTI As we begin the new year, I am more confident than ever that the work we do is urgent, critical and can rescue the future of South Africa as a country. Our work as the Global Teachers Institute (GTI) focuses on creating a new brigade of young transformative […]

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GTI supports teacher interns affected by the Gauteng storms

Over the past week there have been heavy storms in Gauteng which destroyed many homes. Two of our teacher interns were affected as their homes were destroyed or roofs taken away. Our regional schools coordinator (RSC) for Gauteng, Ms. Solange Kabeya, rushed to their homes as soon as she heard that the interns were in need of support.  (more…)

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HCI honours Hassiena Marriott in Women’s Month

Hassiena Marriott, GTI’s Head of Education, was recently chosen as one of the HCI Foundation’s Phenomenal Women as part of Women’s Month.  The full nomination text appears below with permission from the HCI Foundation.  This August, the HCI Foundation is shining a light on the great women we work with through our programmes and partner organisations. These […]

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Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better

On Freedom Day, we as South Africans collectively reflect on our nation’s journey since democracy, celebrating our gains and assessing our role as to how we close the gaps in the many areas where our citizens, especially those from under-resourced areas, are still not reaping the fruits of that freedom. David Jacobs, our Chief Operating […]

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Uber disrupted transportation. How do we disrupt education?

In the 21st century, technology has changed almost every facet of our lives: Uber changed taxi services by showing how to manage a transport company without needing to have a fleet of cars. Airbnb changed the tourist industry by showing travelers an alternative way of finding accommodations without relying on hotels. Economist Clayton M. Christensen […]

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CliffCentral interviews Zonke Mpotulo

Zonke Mpotulo, GTI Future Leaders Programme Manager and teacher at the LEAP 5 school in Garankuwa was recently a guest on CliffCentral’s Leadership in Education segment hosted by Adriaan and Louis Groenewald, along with Barbara Dale-Jones. Click here to visit the CliffCentral website to listen to the interview.  

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