's Teresa Clarke to be honored for contribution to women's education in South Africa

May 20, 2013, 09:15 ET from Education Africa

NEW YORK, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The founder of an initiative to give academically astute South African students, who would otherwise not have the opportunity, scholarships to some of the best private schools in the country, will be honored in New York City on Monday, June 3, 2013.

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Teresa Clarke will receive the Education Africa Humanitarian Award as the founder of Student Sponsorship Programme South Africa which is helping hundreds of young South African women realise their own and their country's extraordinary potential.

To date, the programme has 392 alumni who have graduated high school and are now studying at some of the best universities in the world. There are currently 309 students on the program.

Ms. Clarke serves as Chief Financial Advisor and a Member of Advisory Board of Plebys International LLC, a company dedicated to address the problems of poverty that persist worldwide through innovative technologies and business plans. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of Southern Africa Legal Services (Legal Resources Centre) in Johannesburg, the Tony Elumelu Foundation in Nigeria, and the Opportunity Agenda in New York.

While at Goldman Sachs,  Ms Clarke helped create the firm's Global Markets Institute.  In 2010 she relaunched to build awareness of the continent's emergence as a driver of global economic growth in a rapidly changing world.

Grammy Award winning Roberta Flack, who is best known for a string of hits like Killing Me Softly With His Song; Set the Night to Music and The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, inter alia, will give a special live performance at the event.

The awards are being hosted by Education Africa and Brand South Africa. Education Africa is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit tax exempt organization which is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa and has registered offices in the USA, Austria and the UK. Brand South Africa is a publicly funded trust with trustees appointed by South Africa's president. It works with partners in and out of government to see that South Africa's value proposition as a place to do business, invest in and visit – and from which to source products, ideas and inspiration – is fully appreciated.

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