• +270586993
  • info@ilima.org
  • Pretoria, South Africa


ILIMA is a Xhosa expression used when one seeks the help of the community to plough their fields with no intention to remunerate but pay in kind. The community comes together and assists until the work is done, knowing that they will call on the same favour at a later stage. In this context, Ilima research and services use the same concept, by bringing together communities and different stakeholders for a common goal of uplifting each other.


Ilima aims to contribute positively to the improvement of education in previously disadvantaged schools in South Africa. Our aim is to work together with professionals, community members, and School Management Teams (SMT)  to give learners in underprivileged communities a fighting chance. Ilima aims to do this by using evidence-based research to inform teaching and learning.


Our vision is to,

  • Capacitate and empower teachers (Grade R-Grade 7) with strategies and skills to improve their practice.
  • Conduct programme evaluations to inform programme implementation for the benefit of the teachers and the learners
  • See all children with access to quality teaching, learning and exposure to 21st Century skills


Nobulungisa Gungubele is an educationist with extensive experience in all spheres of education (primary, secondary and tertiary). Nobulungisa has experience in project management in educational projects like the EGRS ( Early Grade reading study), GPLMS, AASA Schools programme and PSRIP (Primary School Reading Improvement programme) and this experience has afforded her the opportunity to see what works and what doesn’t work in our education system.

Mosiuoa Zachariah Palime is a serial entrepreneur and an academic with research experience in epidemiology, agriculture and wealth management. Mosiuoa has been involved in leading and overseeing projects with national, regional and international scientists from the African Union (AU), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat and international training and funding institutions. He started his career as a mathematics and science teacher more than 20 years ago.