Natalie Barnett
Natalie Barnett

Natalie is passionate about education and community and has been involved with both Jewish and community organisations in a voluntary capacity for many years. She has headed educational projects and programmes promoting learning around School Readiness, HIV/AIDS, Social and Emotional Learning, and Art and Music in the Holocaust.

After completing her BSc at UCT, five years at Foschini provided a valuable introduction into the business world. Thereafter, facilitating art and ceramics classes for adults and children, she discovered her love of teaching and learning. This led her to Ikamva Labantu, where Natalie developed and ran the Ikamva School Readiness Programme for almost ten years. She also served as a Trustee at the organisation and is a long-term supporter. Wanting to become more involved in the Jewish community but still focusing on education and broader society, the Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre presented the perfect opportunity to become a volunteer educator. Natalie coordinated both the 10 year anniversary dinner and the Brundibár Project for Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre and was then invited to join the Cape Town Board of Trustees.

Natalie also serves as a member of the Midrasha/Melton Adult Education Board, is a member of the Eliot Osrin Steering committee and is currently the chair of the United Herzlia Schools Governing Body. Most recently, she has been instrumental in introducing and overseeing the PJ Library® Project in Cape Town.

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