Joy Olivier

Co-founder & executive director: IkamvaYouth

When it comes to education in South Africa, all are not equal. That is why, when a young Joy Olivier first learned of the shocking pass rate among black matriculants, she started tutoring students in Khayelitsha on Saturdays to help them pass matric. Her plan? To help them get into university and out of poverty by giving them access to quality education. Today, IkamvaYouth, the township-based non-profit organisation Olivier co-founded in 2003, helps more than 500 learners a year in three provinces to pass matric. To ensure greater impact Olivier launched TEACH South Africa in the Western Cape and recently completed her master's in education. In 2008 Olivier was awarded a YouthActionNet Fellowship for providing a low-cost, high-impact model that proves that "by youth for youth� transformation is possible. Having dedicated the past decade to redressing inequality in education, Olivier, simply by doing something, has proven that one person truly can make a difference. � Lu Larche

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