Who are We


Founded in 2013, The Knowledge Institute is an education-to-employment entity that serves as a champion of, and hub for, the professional and academic development of young people in Swaziland, with the aim of transforming them into leaders.
The Knowledge Institute is an organization that thinks globally and acts locally through exemplifying leadership, global partnerships, and most importantly; bold local action. Our core areas of operation are:”





The mission of The knowledge Institute is to identity and develop excelling high school students, and equip them with the requisite knowledge and skills to be the country’s entrepreneurial, impact and socially-responsible future leaders.



“The Vision of The Knowledge Institute aims to equip and develop Swaziland’s Future leaders across the fields of knowledge in order to implement a well-rounded understanding of both the local and global platform. This is done through the implementation of The Knowledge Institute’s Values and Core Areas that aim to cover these various understandings in the classroom and in the practical world. These Values and Core Areas focus on creating a dynamic understanding and approach to one’s environment and aim to equip Swaziland’s future leaders with indispensable tools to make a first-class leader.„



  • Academic excellence

Academic excellence: An individual that consistently performs and achieves above average in their educational pursuits. Thirty high school students, though a rigorous selection process that identifies students performing at the 10th percentile, are then trained through The Swaziland Young Leaders Fellowship Program.

  • An entrepreneurial mind-set

A individual that not only aims to build and grow their own brand or identity within their environment, but to add value to the community through this venture, thus expanding the “wealth” beyond themselves into a sustainable local economy.





  •     Civic engagement

An individual that aspires to not only to build for themselves, but also engages in community outreach to be a part of its growth and progress, demonstrating an appreciation for their acquired resources to help uplift others.

  •                  Financial Literacy

individual that is able to comprehend and interact with the financial aspects that affect both their individual and the global platforms of interactions. This individual understands basic finances and has the ability to manage it and further create wealth through their local community.





  •               Leadership

: An individual that is exemplary to their peers and others by their motives and actions and who also actively engages with their environment to lead them towards a communal goal.

  • Technology and innovation

: An individual that is able to understand the virtual resources and utilise them to connect and communicate for their unique goals and needs with others on a local and global scale.




  •        Self-awareness

: An individual who is aware of not only their goals ambitions, but also their strengths and weaknesses in their pursuit to reach their goals. From this, an individual can create a structure that allows them to reach their goals with full awareness of how to approach and overcome challenges along the way.

  •                        Global fluency

An individual who has an understanding of the world and its different perspectives. An individual will be able to interact on a global platform and use their comprehension of world to work towards their goals making them sustainable both locally and globally.





Phumlile Arubagl IS a final gear student at the University of Swaziland. She is studying towards a degree in Agricultural and Bios gas systems Engineering. Sephutile Sihle Mhlongo, Co-founder Country Director

Sephutile Sihle Mhlongo IS a graduate of the University of Swaziland. She holds a BA Social Science with Economics and Statistics as her majors

 Siphosethu Mzileni,


Swaziland Young Leaders Fellowship Program Coordinator
Siphosethu Mzilenl IS studying towards a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of
Swaziland, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics.

 Bongiwe Shongwe, National Coordinator


Bongiwe Shongwe is an alumina of Waterford Kamhlaba UWCSA. Whilst pursuing her undergraduate studies, she was actively involved in various humanitarian initiatives

Sigabonga graduated from Macalester College in 2015 With a BA in Economics, double concentrations in Global Health and International Development and double minors In Statistics and Geography  Sibusiso Mxolisi Siyaya,


Finance Coordinator
Sibusiso Siyaya graduated from the University of Swaziland in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and Statistics, majoring in International Economics and Monetary Economics.

 Having completed a double major in Communications and Production Management, Nsika is an avid believer in using opportunity to the fullest. Heading up the Research and Data department at The Knowledge Institute