It started with a conversation with Nelson Mandela, about building a school in South Africa. Before long that idea became my most cherished dream—a school for smart, deserving, underprivileged girls. And as you know, I like to dream big! Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom—and to the children of Africa, education is everything. So it's with tremendous pleasure that I introduce you to my dreams come true: the girls who will grow up to be the women who will be the leaders of tomorrow.   

Read more about the students of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. 
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