The IDEALs Constitution

The international Institute for the Development of Emerging Achievers and Leaders [IDEALS] focuses on the identification and development of emerging achievers and leaders at school and college level






The Mission of the Institute for the Development of Emerging Achievers and Leaders [IDEALS] is to build the capacity of educators, practicing academics, career professionals, the corporate sector, Governments, organizations and parents, in the Universal Quest to develop the aspirations and ideals** of emerging achievers and leaders


Reaching out across all geographical and political borders and boundaries, the IDEALS Programme strives to empower all students, especially those living and learning in under-resourced school communities, to realize their dreams


**I·DEAL  n.  - http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Ideals

-  A conception of something in its absolute perfection

-  One that is regarded as a standard or model of perfection or excellence

-  An ultimate object of endeavor; a goal

-  An honorable or worthy principle or aim






The organization hereby constituted will be called the INSTITUTE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EMERGING ACHIEVERS AND LEADERS. The shortened name of the Institute, hereinafter called “The Institute”, will be IDEALS.




  1. The Institute is an international association of persons and/or organizations, that was established by the National Youth Development Trust [NYDT], for public purposes and benefit, to
    • Promote, across all geographical and political borders, as well as economic boundaries, the professionalism of all role-players and stakeholders involved in the identification and development of emerging achievers and leaders at school and college level, by
    • bringing about international awareness and appreciation of the importance of leadership development in global context
    • actively promoting leadership related education and training in classrooms
    • introducing mechanisms and programmes that will stimulate competitiveness, which is the essence of leadership ability
    • developing, on professional basis, the ability and skills matrix of beneficiaries engaged in related activities in teaching and learning communities
  2. Promote, across all geographical and political borders, as well as economic boundaries, interdisciplinary communication among-, and interaction between-, (i) emerging achievers and leaders, and (ii) practicing academics and career professionals.
  3. Develop, establish and maintain (i) administrative and logistical structures, and (ii) resources to support the strategic mission of The Institute, specifically charitable initiatives in disadvantaged school communities.
  4. Develop and maintain – where and when required – innovative and cutting edge policies, implementation strategies and development frameworks that relate to paragraphs 2(a) to (c) here-above


The principal strategic objectives of The Institute are focused on the development of co-curricular education and edu-training in all the Sciences and professions in Africa, with the cooperation of global role-players and stakeholders:

  1. The development and implementation of dedicated career path development programmes for educators and students in disadvantaged school communities, specifically in selected regions where the need for such programmes exists
  2. To design and manage a formal co-curricular teaching and learning community as development framework for such career path- and leadership development
  3. To design and implement a system of formal awards and certification to recognize the achievements of  (i) emerging achievers and leaders, as well as (ii) educators who act as coaches or judges, in global context
  4. The establishment of an administrative body that will define criteria  for the introduction of academic standards and ethical work procedures and processes, to ensure that the abovementioned awards and certification system is (i) accredited internationally, and (ii) recognized by the international academic community as well as relevant professions and organizations
  5. To develop and introduce programmes, projects, mechanisms and methods, specifically fundraising programmes and events, that will (i) generate new resources and/or (ii) effectively minimize and/or reduce costs related to resources management, in disadvantaged school communities
  6. To affiliate to international organizations and/or programmes with the objective of facilitating the participation of students and/or educators as competitors and coaches/judges respectively, in official international Science Based Activity [SciBA] events


A formal international co-curricular teaching and learning community for the universal development of emerging achievers and leaders is hereby established. The IDEALS Programme of The Institute consists of the following:

  1. 20 Main Directorates [Principal Areas of Development linked to professions]:
    1. Administrative
    2. Community Science
    3. Science of Economics
    4. Health / Medical Science
    5. Education Science
    6. Environmental Science
    7. Computer / IIT Science
    8. The Science of Law & Justice Journalism Science
    9. Creativity Science
    10. Heritage Science
    11. Security Science
    12. Engineering Science
    13. Aviation Science
    14. Space Science
    15. Hospitality/Travel Science
    16. Sport & Adventure Science
    17. Political Science
    18. The Science of Numbers International Networking
  2. Specialist [Sub] Directorates ensure that globally relevant youth development programmes by the respective professions and international initiatives are represented in the programme of The Institute.
  3. Accurate Measurement and Certification of (i) assignment/inquiry based performance (ii) achievement by students and teachers in Science Based Activities [SciBA]
  4. A formal system of Assessment and Review guarantees adherence to internationally accepted and accredited academic standards and ethical operational [work] practices
  5. An international Standards and Ethics Commission [ISEC] advises The Institute - mostly on virtual basis - in respect of criteria and guidelines to ensure that all aspects of the IDEALS Programme adhere to internationally acceptable academic standards and ethical operational [work] practices.
    1. Composition: ISEC Commissioners will consist of at least 20 career professionals and practicing academics of
      1. at least 10 countries on all the Continents;
      2. representing at least 10 different professions and/or international youth development organizations
      3. across at least 7 prominent language groups
    2. Capacity: ISEC Commissioners will assist The Institute with the identification of internationally accepted and accredited principles, criteria and guidelines in respect of
      1. The professional development of leadership ability and skills that will enhance career path development
      2. Ethical operational practices [work practices] in co-curricular teaching and learning communities
      3. The objective and accurate evaluation of students involved in Science Based Activities [SciBA]
      4. The official recognition of academic achievement in co-curricular teaching and learning communities
      5. The training of coaches, judges and reviewers in co-curricular teaching and learning communities
    3. Appointment and Selection of ISEC Commissioners:
      1. Members of the ISEC serve on voluntary basis upon invitation by The Institute/NYDT Management
      2. Only academics with a M-Degree and/or practicing career professionals with significant experience in their respective professions will be considered for the position of  ISEC Commissioners
  6. The Institute will further be assisted by selected [Sub] Commissions and panels of experts and professionals:
  7. A Training Internships Commission set standards and ethical operational procedures for the training and evaluation of beneficiaries [school and college students], providing advice and expertise in the field of training internships:
    1. Internships of 1 year and more: Real time and virtual tuition
    2. 5-day Internships: Real time tuition
    3. Coaching in terms of early age personal development to promote leadership ability and skills
    4. Assist with the (i) In-house or (ii) NYDT based assessment/evaluation of students
  8. A Commission for the Individual Problem Based Research Certificate in Knowledge Dynamics Programme
  9. Dedicated Partnership Based Commissions facilitate the participation of beneficiaries affiliated to The Institute in accredited International Science Based Competitions [ISBC’s]. Directorates will be established to regulate the administrative procedures on formal basis.
  10. A Panel of international VIP Celebrity Judges: Career professionals and practicing academics, persons with high global standing and expertise, review - on virtual basis - one individual project or one group project in their respective field of expertise, to assist The Institute once annually in finding the top study group and top student in Africa, and elsewhere in so required.
  11. A Panel of VIP/Celebrity Lecturers: Career professionals and practicing academics give lectures to beneficiaries, mostly on virtual basis, on topics/themes within their respective areas of expertise
  12. A Global Educators Forum for Schools of Quality in Africa [GEFSQ]: a licensed educators advisory panel
  13. An Executive Management Committee/Commission for the promotion of Science Based Activity [SciBA] programmes that are owned and/or co-managed by The Institute, which relate to leadership development in Africa. The objective is to ensure that internationally accredited quality procedures and processes are adhered to.  SciBA programmes include:
    • The Top 100 Problem Solving Schools/Students in Africa Programme
    • The NYDT’s Discovery Science Competition
    • The FPS-AfricaTop100 Programme
    • The Africa Engineering Games [AEG] that are presented in various countries on the African Continent
    • The annual Africa Space Fest which is part of the Space School Africa Programme
    • Other problem solving or inquiry based education programmes that will be developed in future
  14. The allocation of national colours for participants who represent their respective countries in internationally accredited Science Based Competitions [SBC’s] - As identified per separate Annexure
  15. The identification of the top emerging achievers and leaders as profession ambassadors for the professions.


The Institute has been established to promote and protect the interests of all beneficiaries and stakeholders in the development of emerging achievers and leaders in disadvantaged teaching and learning communities, within the parameters of international laws 

  1. The Institute is an international voluntary association of persons established for public purposes only, to serve the international community in a lawful and ethical manner
  2. The Institute is an international non-profit organization [NPO], non-governmental organization [NGO], a public benefit organization [PBO], and an International Education and Training Organisation [ETO] in the field of leadership related education and training
  3. The Institute may conduct subsidiary activities to make some profits and or obtain in-kind contributions. The profit and/or accrued property shall, however, be applied to promote the principal objectives of The Institute.
  4. The Institute is governed by a self-governing Board of Administrative Directors who is accountable to its members, its investors/donors and the general public. Board members are of different nationalities.
  5. Directorates are created for international programmes, such as the International Future Problem Solving Competition programme that has a global basis. Chief executive officers of independent international organizations are appointed as Honorary Directors, who act as advisers for The Institute and has formal locus standi within The Institute. The Institute has no legal jurisdiction over these international organizations.
  6. The continued existence of The Institute will not be affected by changes in (i) the composition of its membership or office bearers, (ii) the affiliation and/or de-affiliation of international organizations, and (iii) the appointment and/or resignation of the international Directors.
  7. The legal seat of The Institute shall be established in South Africa.
  8. The Institute shall possess full legal personality, both under international public law and under the national laws of South Africa as host country.
  9. The Institute will operate in accordance with accepted regulations, policies and procedures of the countries where programmes, projects and events are established and/or presented. A high standard of conduct shall be required, at all times, of all members, directors and other office bearers.
  10. Independent legal identity:
    • The Institute has an independent legal identity which is distinct from its members' legal identities.
    • Assets belong to, and are registered in the name of The Institute, not its members and office-bearers.
    • The Institute has perpetual succession: it continues to exist even if its members and office-bearers change.
    • The Institute can sue, be sued and enter into contracts and own a bank account in its own name.
    • The liability of The Institute’s members and office-bearers is limited. The Institute, as a legal person, not its members or office-bearers as individuals, is responsible for debts, contracts and obligations [except in certain circumstances such as when fraud and/or gross negligence occur(s)].
    • Personal liability of directors, members and officers is subordinate to the prescriptions of International law, and official legislation that apply in the respective countries of members and directors. There are certain exceptions to this rule in related legislation and refer principally to
      • illegal activities, eg fraud
      • gross negligence
      • the unauthorized and reckless management of property
      • acting in self interest where the interests of the members or beneficiaries of The Institute are harmed
      • ultra vires actions: unauthorized actions where directors, members and/or office bearers act beyond the objectives of The Institute.
    • Officers of The Institute acting in good faith are indemnified against prosecution, albeit private or public.


  • The Institute was established by the National Youth Development Trust [NYDT] to
    1. regulate and manage the international education and training programme of the NYDT effectively
    2. promote the programme[s] of The Institute internationally
    3. ensure that NYDT development programmes for emerging achievers and leaders obtain and retain - at all times - international accreditation and credibility.
  • Aspects relating to co-curricular education and training on school and college level, such as content development, assessment criteria and review will be regulated and coordinated by the Executive Committee [ExCom] of The Institute within the framework of applicable international laws and conventions. The programmes include:
    1. The International Discovery Science Based Competition of the National Youth Development Trust [NYDT]
    2. The Certificate for Knowledge Dynamics individual research programme
    3. International Internships
    4. The NYDT IDEALS Science festival
    5. The IDEALS “XSciTEEN” Pageant
    6. The Science Theatre [Teatro Scientiae] Programme: Where Science and Culture Meet
    7. The Global Audio-Visual Internet Training Studio [GAVITS] 
    8. Discovery Internet Radio
    9. The educational section of the Green Schools programme of the NYDT and the Soup at School in Africa [SASiA] programme.
    10. Other Science Based Activities [SciBA] to be designed after the establishment of The Institute
    11. Training Directorates are created to accommodate formal partnerships with international organizations with independent training programmes and regulations. In terms of these partnerships, training programmes will be presented to beneficiaries and the administration of these programmes will be handled in sustainable manner. Staff will be appointed for each Directorate. Academic standards and operational work procedures will be established in cooperation with the senior management teams of these organizations.
  • Administrative aspects of The Institute, specifically financial and property matters, where formal auditing is required, will be co-managed by the Board of Trustees of the NYDT, which is (i) a registered Trust and (ii) a registered Public Benefit Organization [PBO] in terms of South African legislation. These include:
    • Financial aspects of paragraphs 6(b)(i) to (x) here-above
    • The Green Schools Programme: the establishment of technical support facilities for schools [water, electricity]
    • The Soup at School in Africa [SASiA] Programme.
    • Fundraising Programmes, such as
      • The Table 4 6 Celebrity Dinner
      • The Celebrity Fashion Show and Dinner
  • Directorates:
    • The Institute shall form partnerships with-, or affiliate to-, accredited international organizations which
      • present Science Based Activities [SciBA] to a global audience for participation, including Science Based Competitions [SBC’s], internships [Including “camps”], and relevant programmes that are not listed here,
      • assess, judge or review entries of participants who reside in various countries, and
      • allocate official awards, including certificates of achievement, to the top winning teams.
    • Directorates shall then be established to facilitate the participation of beneficiaries affiliated to The Institute, regardless of race, gender, religion or economic status, in the programmes of the international organizations.
    • The principal mission of the Directorates shall be to promote and administer the participation of all beneficiaries affiliated to The Institute, specifically those living in under-resourced school communities, in international Science Based Activities [SciBA]
    • The ExCom of The Institute shall invite persons, designated by the organizations, to represent the organizations in the Directorates as Honorary Directors, and protect the interests of the international organizations in programmes of The Institute.
    • The ExCom of The Institute may also invite any Honorary Director of an international programme to serve as a member of the ExCom of The Institute. Such members shall also be ex officio members of the ISEC  
    • The ExCom of the Institute will at all times work closely with Honorary Directors to promote the interests of the international organizations


The Institute has a two-tiered governance and decision making structure consisting of Members and Administrative Directors.

  1. Members:
    • Members of The Institute have the power to exercise their powers of decision making in annual general meetings [AGM]. In general, the AGM
      • appoints and removes directors.
      • amends the founding document.
      • Manages and disposes of Institute’s assets.
      • Takes action as and when required to promote the mission and objectives of The Institute
  2. The Administrative Directorate [AD]:
    • Administrative Directors have broad executive responsibility. They must, specifically, act in fiduciary capacity in respect of The Institute’s mission and objectives:
    • Administrative Management and Decision Making:
    • The administrative decision making process of The Institute vests in the Executive Committee [ExCom] who shall consult primarily on formal basis with members of The Institute, and on advisory basis with all stakeholders and role-players affiliated to The Institute as advisors. These decisions include:
      • rules governing the conduct of meetings;
      • procedures for amendment of the Constitution;
      • procedures for the admission of new members;
      • procedures for approval and implementation of programmes, courses and projects;
    • Executive decision making: Executive decisions of the ExCom will be by means of resolutions that have to be approved of and signed by a designated staff member of the AD, if and when required 
    • Programme content: Aspects related to education and training shall, due to its multi-national character, be consensus based, after formal consultation with advisors and/or International Directorates.
    • The AD convenes an annual general meeting at which various matters, including the presentation of the audited financial statements, are attended to.
    • The AD oversees the appointment of independent auditors.
  3. International Directorates:
    • Directors and/or CEO’s who head up their respective multi-national organizations will advise The Institute in terms of the participation in those programmes, and will take decisions within the legal parameters of their respective organizations, as are prescribed by the constitutions of those organizations.
    • Regulations of these organizations, eg rules that regulate participation of students, are binding on participants who are affiliated to The Institute.    



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