The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa is a girls-only boarding school that officially opened in January 2007 in Henley on Klip near Meyerton, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Inspired by her own "humble beginnings"and disadvantaged background, Oprah Winfrey stated that she founded the Leadership Academy to provide educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds in South Africa who exhibited leadership qualities for making a difference in the world. (2007, January 2). The Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 10, 2007.
Giving back to the community
One of the Academy’s goals is to create leaders who will give back to the community, and the campaign to encourage this form of leadership has been dubbed OWLAGive which has young people between the ages of 14 and 16 devote 3000 hours for community outreach programmes. The students have been to most provinces to learn more about environmental awareness, social issues and housing projects. Dr. Anna Karola, Head of the Academy, explained the importance of the campaign, saying "service is central to the mission of the Academy. As leaders of tomorrow, the girls are encouraged to make service part of their everyday activities...by involving our students in OWLAGive, we will be creating an awareness of the great needs existing in South Africa, helping them identify issues and vulnerable groups and underlying the need... Read More