2012 Oak Fellow Zandile Nhlengetwa

Zandile Nhlengetwa is the principal of Ulusda School in KwaZulu-Natal, a place of learning for young people, as well as a community center that organizes adults around issues such as gender inequity, sexual abuse, and violence. In a community marked not only by poverty but patriarchy and violence, Ms. Nhlengetwa works tirelessly to persuade families to allow their daughters to attend classes, and to encourage their sons to study rather than join local gangs or militia. As a dedicated human rights activist and a survivor of the political violence that affected her home province of KwaZulu-Natal, Ms. Nhlengetwa is known in her community for her ability to bring calm and stability to potentially volatile situations. For more information please see: http://web.colby.edu/oak/