Monde Sitole is an educational strategist, columnist, adventurer and the pioneer of the NextSchool Initiative. Based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Sitole has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro twice and also scaled Mount Elbrus, Europe’s highest peak, and Mount Denali, the highest summit in North America. He has his sights set on climbing Mount Everest without bottled oxygen to raise awareness and funds for girl child education and empowerment.
Sitole is an ambassador for the UN’s A World at School, the Brookings Institute and Girl Up. Among other accolades, he has been included in the prestigious Mail and Guardian 200 Young South Africans list, The Young Independent’s 100 Trailblazers and the Superbalist 100.
Sitole’s NextSchool Initiative will culminate in the building of Monde Sitole Primary School in Lady Frere.
Sitole’s belief in the importance of empowering and inspiring South Africa’s youth through education is central to the vision of The Monde Sitole Foundation and the multi-faceted and innovative educational work that falls under its umbrella.