Emerging Leaders Institute
"Believe You Can Fly!"


We are of the firm conviction that a 'vulnerable grade-twelve-learner' who had just completed matric; should receive all the encouragement, motivation AND tools to embark on his/her next step of future growth. Yet, although the South African government has committed to provide financial aid to poor and working-class families - in order to further their higher education and training -lack of access to information still precludes countless, deserving students from accessing this financial aid.

This next step for many out of necessity, would be employment as worsening economic conditions force them to become a breadwinner for an extended family. However, with youth unemployment pegged at a staggering rate of 49.9%, chances are that most of them would be added to the growing, unemployment statistics or Teens not in Education, Employment or Training (TEEN). 

Thus, the national outcry of respected academics, leading business executives, ethical politicians, and principled clergy, necessitated the launch of the Empower-The-Matriculant Project. They bemoaned the drop of standards in the National Senior Certificate and how that would adversely affect unemployed matriculants. 

PURPOSE OF EMPOWER-THE-MATRICULANT PROJECT:  In tandem with the ELI Business Partners Initiative, we aim to partner with companies and government departments to offer our services to unemployed matriculants. So, if you're a representative of a company or a state institution, then please Contact Us for more information.

THE NATIONAL SENIOR CERTIFICATE (NSC) HAS LOST VALUE. “A National Senior Certificate is increasingly less valued by the labour market. Ten years ago, an NSC was very highly valued; that’s no longer the case. You need to have an NSC, plus something else (like a short course) to become employable in South Africa. If you want to enter the job market, shorter courses at credible colleges and institutions are the way to go. ” Prof Ihron Rensburg, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg and now Advisory Board Vice Chairman of EON Reality Education. 

SELF-IMAGE IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE...  "Given your poor results, you might even believe that you deserve these lesser colleges and qualifications for not doing as well as your peers. That is not true. You deserve a high-quality education and training like everybody else; in fact, it is your right to demand access to the best education available, whether or not you pay for it. Your biggest challenge right now is your self-image." Dr Jonathan Jansenformer Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State and now Distinguished Professor of Education, University of Stellenbosch. The ELI specialises in the Reshaping of the Self-Image (See Course Outline).

Watch the interview with Prof Ihron Rensburg, Vice-Chancellor of the university of Johannesburg

We encourage Emerging Leaders to think EMPLOYER instead of EMPLOYEE. A degree is no gateway to secure employment.

Dr Gillian Mooney, teaching and learning manager at The Independent Institute of Education: "It was not always a straight line from lecture room to office for students who graduated, for various reasons. "It is important that graduates and their parents realise this, particularly as there may be expectations that a degree or other qualification will automatically guarantee employment. Of course, that is not always the case in South Africa, given our high unemployment rate, sluggish economy and fierce competition in the job market. Additionally, even graduates who performed well may find that prospective employers want someone with both qualifications and experience.”

What Professor Rensburg had mentioned in his television interview, we had already recognized as early as February 2003. An empowerment course is a prerequisite for the job market, further, one's tertiary education or start a business. 

Housewives, an industrial psychologist, ministers of religion, a businessman management consultant, even an attorney enrolled for the ELI Personal Development Course that was advertised for unemployed matriculants. When the course director quipped that some of them were 'over-qualified' they responded: "The course content appealed to us; the principles were practical and simplified and it hasn't been taught at school!"