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. Recently we launched an essay writing competition across several secondary schools, fund an after-school program that focuses on conservation and the environment and are sponsoring a teacher at a school in Zimbabwe to help with student literacy.
The President and Founder is Gillian Rose who is a Senior Vice President at NBC Universal in New York. She started her career as a journalist in her native England before moving to the US. Before NBCU she worked for European Media company Sky and PBS. She is a Director on the Board of South African-based Children's Radio Foundation that trains youth reporters in radio and podcasting across Sub-Saharan Africa; she is a former Content Strategy and International TV Industry Relationships Adviser for the African Public Broadcasters Foundation (APBF.TV); 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.
Georges Leclere died December 4, 2022. He had been Treasurer of The Rosemary Pencil Foundation since the organization started and will be sorely missed. He was a deeply caring person, an irrepressible optimist, extremely creative and he literally had friends across the globe. He was the embodiment of the international executive. His ongoing concern for students we help in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia never wavered nor his desire for us to do more. His career included French Radio and Television in France; Director of Press, Radio, and Television for the United Nations; Executive Director of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; founder of LGMA; author; and international university lecturer. Georges was truly a really good human being.
Bruce Christensen, a former Director on the Board of The Rosemary Pencil Foundation for over 15 years, passed away in November 2022. He was one of our first board members and believed strongly in our mission. He will be remembered for his wise counsel and thoughtful advice but he will be missed also for his enduring friendship and kindness. Bruce had a stellar career that included being President of PBS during some challenging times, and later President of the NBC TV/Radio station in Utah and a Dean at Brigham Young University. Sometimes people come along and while their lives may be cut short, you are just so grateful to have known them. Gillian Rose
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