Kim Feinberg

Ashoka Fellow
Johannesburg, South Africa
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Kim Feinberg was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Kim's work is enabling young people and others to draw lessons from local apartheid and other global injustices that groups have experienced at the hands of others. She identified the lack of understanding as a major cause of racial discrimination, and she is empowering a new generation of South Africans with tools to make better decisions in shaping their society. Kim believes that, for young people without systematic and dynamic ways to engage society on the lessons of the past apartheid, there is a very real possibility of history repeating itself.

Kim addresses the often-overlooked steps required in achieving racial harmony. In post-apartheid South Africa, focus has been placed on analyzing the effects of violence and apartheid, but not much attention has been given to the area of building tolerance and giving children skills to deal with differences. Therefore, Kim created the Foundation for Tolerance Education, whose central message is that "crimes of hatred and prejudice must never be overlooked," but instead must form the basis of inculcating the values of tolerance and acceptance. The foundation offers a variety of practical life-skills modules contained in a series of workbooks, lecture series, and classroom activities to help children understand historical instances of oppression and learn the dangers of intolerance. To achieve deep and sustainable impact, the foundation is focusing on offering these tools first to youth within schools and then progressively rolling out interventions to school administrators, parents, surrounding communities, the private sector, and beyond.
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