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E-Square Education in numbers

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Lili Niemann has a passion for life and an abundant enthusiasm for music, literature, books, beauty and art in any form, which stimulates her want to share her bountiful joy with people. She is dedicated to sharing the delight of living and learning and to inspire lives to change for the better.

She has built a career on redressing the balance. Having already established an exceptional educational institution that’s inclusive and accessible, she is now embracing the technological revolution by offering online learning too.She measures her business practice in education against world-class standards. She has partnered with top brands, drives her business according to the United Nations 17 sustainable development goals, and leads her team in line with global trends in education.


Entrepreneurship is and will always be a passion of Lili’s:

In 2008, all 115 staff members were trained for a full year in teaching/lecturing using more entrepreneurial methods. 8 Staff members were taken overseas to observe practises at the Universities of Twente in the Netherlands and Durham in England, as well as various private schools and colleges in England. The entrepreneurship training was sponsored by Nuffic.

Many international agreements and partnerships were forged over the past 25 years, including those with:


Rara Avis

Via the Rara Avis Foundation, Bursaries, for Excellent Achievements in Academic, Music and Sport, are part of the value added to E-Square Education learners and students.  More than R15m was donated to deserving learners and students during the past 25 years by supportive Partners, Trusts, Donors, Foundations and Directors of E-Square Education.
Lili launched the Rara Avis Foundation as she strongly believes that education should not be about teaching learners in order to make money, but instead to strive to make money in order to provide a consistent learning platform. The Rara Avis Foundation is a platform for funders to get involved in making a much-needed difference in uplifting the education standard and making an impact in the Eastern Cape community and South Africa.

Amended Senior Certificate


National Senior Certificate (CAPS Aligned)

We ensure that children are able to build their self-esteem and understand the importance of themselves, their environment and their friends. We encourage learners to communicate with their teachers and fellow learners, making sure it is the right place for your child to build a foundation for Primary School. We believe that skills and knowledge built in Pre-Primary Phase of a child’s life have a great impact on their aptitude and attitude in their future schooling careers and we have excellent staff and facilities to make sure that this is achieved.

The Ed-U City Campus: School of Business focuses on building the business leaders of tomorrow, by equipping them with the skills and drive needed to succeed. Our Short Learning Programmes are designed with the workplace in mind. We assist working adults in further developing abilities and enhancing current job positions; or in identifying, creating and capitalising on new employment opportunities. Our facilitators use their practical industry knowledge as a frame of reference for these programmes, ensuring delegates understand how to apply what they learn.

Ed-U Options Academy (TVET) Business College opened its doors in 2005. The need to train and educate students that do not qualify for University, was huge. Since the E-Square Education Enterprises Group did hugely successful Department of Labour training from 1998 to 2002 a strategic decision was made to adhere to the new SETA related training and vocational programmes. All the programmes offered via various SETA’s ranging from one-year certificates, N4 to N6 certificates, NATED diplomas and Distance learning are duly registered and accredited.

Full qualifications including Certificates and Diplomas, and Short Learning Programmes through the School of Business.
Programmes offered on a full-time basis maximize students time in class, but also allows them enough free time to enjoy socialising, taking part in sporting or cultural activities, or to fit in a part-time job. Classes are run on a two semester basis, starting in February and finishing in December. Students are encouraged to participate in all aspects of student life throughout the year.

It is our mission to identify and raise the rare birds that will uplift our nation. We have a long and solid history of gathering, allocating and monitoring resources in order to build the minds, bodies and hearts that will fly our future. We strive to enable and empower the fledgling leaders, poets, teachers, business minds, and innovators of tomorrow. At the Rara Avis Foundation, we strongly believe that education should not be about teaching learners in order to make money, but instead we strive to make money in order to provide a consistent learning platform.

Inspiring Quotes

"If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney

"Make no little plans, they have no magic to stir men’s blood; make big plans, aim high in hope and work." – Daniel Burnham

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous" "In order to be irreplaceable, one should always be different." "Success is most often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable." – Coco Chanel

"If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.” - Mohammad

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