Welcome to the
School of Leadership
The School of leadership is a youth leadership development initiative. It removes people from their comfort zones and uses hardship and sacrifice to prepare the participants for their ministry of leadership.
Here at SOL we are
raising leaders for Africa.
You are given the opportunity to take part in a series of programmes and activities that are specifically aimed at developing your leadership ability and personal growth. The skills that you gain from such a course is not only aimed to develop the “school” learner but to provide the skills that they can use and keep for the rest of their lives.
School of Leadership Values
Welcome to The School of Leadership
The School of Leadership is committed to the development of the youth of Southern Africa. We operate a five-year program of character and leadership development that enables young men and women to become successful in the world of work.
We believe in the Law of Process that states that “Nothing happens in a day. It all happens daily”. Our 5-year programme is value-driven and consists of different camps and courses that equip and empower our participants.
We are defined by our product – the people who finish this program and change our world for the better.
To develop the character and leadership skills of young people, empowering them to change our world for the better.
We train and develop young people in Southern Africa. Our goals are to: Develop people of sound character who have a stable moral compass. Raise up responsible leaders who will become the best version of themselves. Develop responsible and decisive decision makers that will have a positive impact on the world. Build the values of respect, integrity, courage and accountability into our participants so that they can live value-driven lives and lastly to develop understanding and respect towards all other people so that we can build a stronger future together.
What Our Alumni Have To Say
Its in these kind of environments that you learn how truly beautiful each and every person is.
This programme had a huge impact on the friendships that I formed. The Leadership Programme, specifically the Desert Walk’s, provided a safe place for us to be ourselves. We didn’t need to impress anyone or maintain statuses that were held back at home. Its in these kind of environments that you learn how truly beautiful each and every person is. It is such an amazing feeling to be connected with someone that you know in your heart is completely and truly themselves. This programme also taught me how important it is to get out of your comfort zone every now and then. Life is never going to be a smooth or easy ride, so it is good to have the tools to deal with uncomfortable situations.
The SOL programme taught me so much about life.
The leadership programme taught me so much about life. Especially about strength of character and how to deal with hardships. In my matric year I became very sick and I truly believe that if I hadn't faced the adversity that the leadership programme had challenged me with I would probably have not made it through matric. Or into medicine. It also taught me a lot of people and how to lead. In the career I'm faced in, working with people and patients all the time I find that to get to job done it takes initiative and leadership. A lot of the stuff we do and the success of it is determined by how you can lead people. And that I'm grateful for.
The SOL program taught me to push myself - I’m capable of more than I think.
The SOL program taught me to push myself - I’m capable of more than I think. It also taught me the importance of team work as well supporting those around us. All in all, the School of Leadership programme helped develop my character.
Chanè Leigh Smith
It taught me the value in motivating the people around you.
The programme taught me how far I could push myself mentally after my body feels like giving up from exhaustion, hunger and pain. My capacity for perseverance increased with each obstacle that I overcame and each desert walk I survived. It taught me the me the value in motivating the people around you who are going through difficult times and what is possible when someone is focusing all their effort on making someone else succeed at something.
Tribal counselling will forever be embedded in my heart.
My biggest lesson I carried out from the programme was, getting out of my comfort zone and having to do things I may not necessarily like (eating a raw onion) in order to get what I want. This mentality has kept me going and has helped me persevere and overcome many issues and challenges in my life. The SOL programme had many different significant events that stood out, but tribal counselling will forever be embedded in my heart, I learnt a valuable lesson from those sessions. It is important to tell people what you learnt from them, how much you appreciate them but also praise them and make them feel special and appreciated.
Enjoy the struggle because the best times in the program were the hardest.
To never give up really, there has been so many times that I just wanted to throw it all away but because I was invested in this program from grade 8 ,the sense of not giving up no matter how tough or hard things are just like the dessert walks ,you either stopped walking and would never reach the destination or pull through the pain and get there (that and we never really had a choice to actually stop walking ,so making choices as if there is no choices ) and to enjoy the struggle because the best times in the program were the hardest and always believe in God.
The programme constantly reminded me of my strength and my perseverance.
In high school, when you are still trying to figure out who you are and where you fit in, the programme constantly reminded me of my strength and my perseverance, which are traits I rarely faced head-on every day in the 'real world.' The SOL programme was the most significant thing I achieved in High School. It is no secret you grow outside of your comfort zone and that is exactly what you leave behind when you start the programme, your comfort zone. Looking back, I am left with a huge sense of accomplishment.
Casey De Menezes
I have taken up a number of leadership roles in professional spaces.
The SOL Programme has helped me become a better servant leader, problem-solver and achiever in the environments I expose myself to. I have taken up a number of leadership roles in professional spaces and in my personal capacity.
This was one of the most life changing things I could ever have done.
This was one of the most life changing things I could ever have done. Yes at the time it can feel like barbaric torture, but now looking back, it prepared me for the real world and the real challenges and hard times it can bring. Starting as a shy nobody this program helped me grow and become the best person I could be.
It taught me that being out of your comfort zone is the only real place you’ll get to know yourself.
The SOL Programme had an amazing impact on my life, it taught me above all to appreciate what you have. I.e. a bed, warm shower, electricity etc. It showed me how team work brings new ideas and the efficiency to get tasks done as you work as a single unit. It taught me that being out of your comfort zone is the only real place you’ll get to know yourself as well as others around you. Being a mentor was the first time I became a leader, and noticed the impact you have on other people’s lives.
Some of, if not, most of my best memories of high school were from a desert walk.
The SOL program impacted my life in a way that I will never forget. I feel as though the program connects you with your friends, your family and also yourself. The program was full of exciting and challenging tasks that will be very difficult to forget. Some of, if not, most of my best memories of high school were from a desert walk, hike or a part of some form of SOL activity. The program personally helped me by moulding my leadership qualities and showing me, through practical examples, how to do the right thing and make good choices. All in all, the SOL program helped me by distilling qualities in myself that helped me become the person I am today.
The vigorous hikes were moments where I had to push my limits for the benefit of my team and myself.
The programme taught me a lot about personal strength and belief. The vigorous hikes were moments where I had to push my limits for the benefit of my team and myself. I was able to see the world and current social issues from a different angle through outreach programmes. The programme also allowed me to gain confidence in my voice by never being afraid to take charge and voice my opinion.
I don’t think I ever would’ve had the courage to get out of my comfort zone the way I did by matriculating and moving to South America.
I don’t think I ever would’ve had the courage to get out of my comfort zone the way I did by matriculating and moving to South America if it wasn't for the SOL program. I often credit a big part of who I am today to the foundation that was formed by this program. The people I meet while working and travelling are always amazed that at 18 I upped and left home to come to a country I knew almost nothing about, where they speak a different language and I had no set plan in place. Sir, you always said that a comfort place is a beautiful place but nothing grows there and I have lived by that for longer than just the past five years.
Now, I lead with confidence. This program has had monumental impact on my life.
The School of Leadership program has been instrumental in the formation of my character as well as the development of skills and confidence in the area of leadership. Before the first desert walk I never considered myself a leader, even though I had often found myself in positions of leadership. Now, I lead with confidence. This program has had monumental impact on my life.
The SOL Program taught me that fear is just a boundary.
The SOL Program taught me that fear is just a boundary that we can surpass if we put our minds to it and make it a goal instead of a fear.
The journey and experience is un-rivalled in value that it adds to the lives of everyone that comes across its path.
The SOL program has prepared me to strive in the life I am making myself. The way the program tears you down to your core leaving behind all the petty concerns and attitudes that have become all to easy to pick up along the way nowadays, just to build you up with the guidance of some truly great people so that you can become the best person that you decide you want to be. The journey and experience is un-rivalled in value that it adds to the lives of everyone that comes across its path.
The SOL Programme has helped me become the woman I am today. I am firm and unmovable in my beliefs and faith.
Those challenging Desert Walks, albeit tough and hard to believe, they were my favourite. I learned so much about my inner will and power. I learned that even though it may have been hard for me due to a weak ankle, that giving up was never an option. In fact I realised that by helping someone else I would forget about the painful throbbing of my foot. The SOL programme has helped me become the woman I am today. I am firm and unmovable in my beliefs and faith. I help others before thinking of personal gain. I have truly come out of my shell and I am who I am.
Juandri De Wet
Do not be afraid to be out of your comfort as beautiful things emerge the minute you are tested and are uncomfortable.
The SOL programme has taught me two very important lessons that I will never forget. 1. Confidence, it is important to be confident about yourself, without confidence you have already lost in the game of life. 2 Comfort zone, do not be afraid to be out of your comfort as beautiful things emerge the minute you are tested and are uncomfortable.
Respect has become the focal point of my decision making process.
This SOL programme has given me the opportunity to find myself, and choose to be the best version of me, because in society today, we often base our decisions, reactions and thoughts on what the world and others think, conspire and lead us to believe. I have learnt that through testing of my character, patience and kindness go a mile further than anyone can imagine, that standing strong in faith, the storms will too pass, and that perseverance is the key to your own aspirations and goals. I learnt that life is more about the journey than destination and those you choose to share it with. Respect has become the focal point of my decision making process and I have made peace with the fact that leadership doesn’t always mean driving from the front.
Megan van Wyk