While the 1994 end of Apartheid brought an equalization of government spending across black and white students, the gap in educational quality and outcomes is still massive. Overall, only one percent of South Africa’s students graduate from university. Among students of color, the rate is far lower. In 2003, only 55 African language entrants for the final school examinations in the Western Cape (where Cape Town is located) achieved scores necessary for higher study in science and math.
To help address the problem, the foundation launched the Dell Young Leaders Program in 2010. The goal is to provide high-achieving, underserved South African students of color with comprehensive support to help them complete university and enter into the professional sector. The first cohort included 25 students from townships across South Africa; by 2014, the program is expected to serve 400 students at multiple top-tier universities.
To learn more about the Dell Young Leader program and the students it serves, watch this video about 2011 Dell Young Leader, Nomzomo Dladla.