The basic idea behind Right to Dream can be summed up by the following: role models inspire people and lead to more role models. Right to Dream is a school that provides talented pupils from all over Africa with the opportunity to participate in a special form of training before going on to provide their knowledge and experience to other learners. Around 80 students live together in the school and help each other along their journeys to becoming excellent athletes or researchers; above all, however, they develop their talents in the fields of leadership and provide inspiration to subsequent generations. The school’s programme is structured in accordance with seven principles: self-discipline, passion, integrity, initiative, social intelligence, giving back, and winning. The school’s schedule also includes time for social projects, travelling and learning self-sufficiency. The focus, however, is placed on the belief that a pupil’s character is central to his or her success. The people behind the school define success as ‘being the best you can be, through a daily pursuit of excellence, for a communal good. Character development is the key to achieving this.’
Right to Dream developed out of the training provided to a small football team and continues to have strong links to football. In fact, many of Right to Dream’s graduates now play in football teams around the world.