Ashoka Fellow
South Africa
Fellow Since 2007
This description of Patmanathan Pillai's work was prepared when Patmanathan Pillai was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2007.
South Africa’s struggle to overcome the political, racial, and emotional oppression of apartheid is well-known. Pat Pillai’s Life College is readying students to tackle a new struggle—true liberation from the apathy, low self-esteem, and ongoing psychosocial oppression that is apartheid’s legacy. Developed over eight years, Pat’s model of education cultivates attitudes, behaviors, and competencies based on confidence, communication, project management skills, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
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