About Us

Symon Chibaka from Children in the Wilderness, our partner in Malawi, talks with our student Debola. She has been accepted by the University of Malawi.

Symon Chibaka from Children in the Wilderness, our partner in Malawi, talks with our student Debola. She has been accepted by the University of Malawi.

The Rosemary Pencil Foundation, was founded in 2005 and provides scholarships for students in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia to attend secondary school. Our goal is to improve the education of children who need it most. We also work on other initiatives that include bringing ICTs to the classroom in the form of e-readers and assisting those wishing to go on to higher education, particularly in teachers training. And most recently, we supported the launch of a publication created and written by students for their local community.

The Foundation President is Gillian Rose who has had a career in journalism and broadcasting in her native England and in the US.  She is Senior Vice President, US Sales and Acquisitions for the distribution arm of British broadcaster Sky, based in New York, as well as Content Strategy and International TV Industry Relationships Adviser for the African Public Broadcasters Foundation (APBF.TV).   She is a former two-term Chair of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) New York and a regular juror for the International Emmy Awards.  Ms. Rose has a Masters Degree in Communication for Development.

The Rosemary Pencil Foundation was created in the memory of Rosemary Rose, a teacher and educator who believed that everyone deserves a good education.

Board of Directors

Emmanuel K. Akyeampong is Professor of African History and African American Studies, Harvard University.

Charles Ambler Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History, University of Texas at El Paso. Former President, African Studies Association (USA).

Bruce Christensen is President of KSL TV, Salt Lake City, and a former long-term President of PBS.

Robin L. Greenwald Esq. is a lawyer with Weitz & Luxenberg, a New York City-based law firm, whose experience includes working with many non-profit organizations.

Gillian Rose with Secondary School students in Malawi.

Heidi R. Klaimitz is an independent producer and Co-Director of the New York City Venture Philanthropy Fund.

Georges Leclere is a Global Media Advisor with LGMA and was former head of Television at the United Nations.

Wezi M. Msisha  is a Senior Operations Officer with The World Bank.

William Spencer Reilly is Executive Director of the Sheen Center in New York City.

George Twumasi is CEO of the ABN Holdings (African Broadcast Network) and Co-Founder of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation.