The 2nd Annual Education Innovation Africa focuses on facilitating innovative partnerships that build sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub Saharan Africa.

Alternative education models such as informal private schools, online learning platforms, skills-based programmes and alternative delivery models are contributing to the reach of education across Africa. However, sustainable finance and investment are required to increase the efficacy, reach and impact of these programmes. Under this year’s theme ’Delivering Impact’, the event will unite key education leaders at Ministries, Educators, Programmes and Edtech companies, together with Capital Providers at PE, VC, Impact, Development Banks and Corporate Programmes to find new partnerships and models that will provide sustainable and impactful education programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa. 
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John Gilmour

LEAP Science and Maths Schools, South Africa

John Gilmour is the founder of the LEAP Science and Maths Schools and co-founder of Bridge and the South African Extrodinary Schools Coalition.  

John attended Wynberg Boys High School and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cape Town. He taught English and Geography and was a student guidance counsellor at Bergvliet High School and Pinelands High School, before being appointed as Principal at Abbott’s College for five years.

After many years of involvement in the community, John opened the first LEAP Science and Maths School serving the township community of Langa in 2004. LEAP is a leading learning organisation which aims to give young South Africans the academic and life skills they need to become future leaders. LEAP now consists of six, no-fee, independent high schools serving students living in the township communities of Langa and Gugulethu in the Western Cape, Alexandra, Diepsloot and Ga-Rankuwa in Gauteng and Jane Furse in Limpopo. LEAP also includes a teacher training programme, an after-hours community-based maths tutoring programme and a social development programme. John now serves as the Executive Director of the LEAP Science and Maths Schools.

John co-founded Bridge with Dr Mamphela Ramphele; Bridge focusses on linking and replicating innovation in education.

In collaboration with other leaders in education, John co-founded The South African Extrodinary Schools Coalition. The Coalition represents a collection of intervention-based independent and public schools and organisations committed to transforming the lives of socio-economically vulnerable children.

John serves on the Teach with Africa, Edunova and REALISTIC boards and is an active participant on the Advisory Committee to the Historic Schools Restoration Project.