Who we are

New Leaders Foundation is a not for profit company that is committed to transforming South African education.

We believe that education and unemployment are two of the greatest challenges of our generation and we are committed to developing empowered leaders in education and in our organisation who will shape a positive future for our children.

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New Leaders Foundation is a registered member of the National Association of Social Change Entities in Education

What we do




The Data Driven Districts Programme (DDD)

The DDD Programme is currently NLF’s flagship programme. The programme has been led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in partnership with the Department of Basic Education. The aim of the programme is to improve learner outcomes by improving the way key educational data is collected and used by officials in the education system to support schools and teachers more effectively.

NLF is the implementation partner on the DDD Programme and provides support to National and Provincial Offices through training and capacity building with tools, processes and skills for collecting and using quality data.  This education data can be used to make decisions that improve efficiencies and ultimately learner outcomes.

Visit the Data Driven Districts Website

Our Impact

Districts Launched
Schools Supported
Partner Organisations

As an implementation partner of the Data Driven Districts project we are active in 40 districts in South Africa.

View the 2016 DDD Pilot Project Evaluation

We are currently supporting schools in Limpopo and Gauteng Provinces to collect and submit quality data to be used on the DDD Dashboard

See illustrative example of DDD Dashboard

To create greater scale and impact in schools we have partnered with other NGO's working on the ground to use the DDD Dashboard to directly support school managers and teachers to improve learner outcomes.

Where we work

Key:     Blue – Launched       Green – Soon to be launched       Grey – Not launched

People we reach

New Leaders Activated

We consistently hire graduates to be New Leaders and to work as Consultants (Project Managers) across seven provinces


Education Officials Empowered

Through access to the DDD Dashboard and facilitated training, education officials are empowered through quality data and continuous personal development

Learners Reached

The DDD Dashboard provides data & information at an individual learner level; supporting students, teachers, school principals, schools & districts

See illustrative example of DDD Dashboard


For the last few years, we have shared our learnings in the Trialogue CSI handbook. In this year’s publication we discussed how to leverage data-driven insights – as seen in the work with Old Mutual Education Flagship Project at Madibong Primary School.

Read full article here


NLF was featured in the 21st edition of Trialogue: Business in Society Handbook 2018. The article provides examples of how the DDD Dashboard has been used to drive school improvement in South Africa.

Read the full article here


The DDD Project was featured on the Finweek Money Matters Show as well as in Finweek Magazine. New Leaders Foundation's Managing Director and Founder, Giles Gillett, discussed the roll out of the Dashboard, how it works and the project's progress.


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Contact us

  • +27 10 590 6100
  • info@newleaders.co.za
  • www.newleaders.co.za
  • Sunnyside Office Park
    Block B, First Floor
    32 Princess of Wales Terrace
    Johannesburg, South Africa