Marj Brown is a social and educational activist, and HOD of History at Roedean School in Johannesburg, South Africa. She encourages learners to engage actively with current affairs and incorporates her own anti-apartheid activism, having been a member of Black Sash and TRAC and the SA Council of Churches in the 1980s. She is the President of the SASHT – the SA Society for History Teaching and involved in Asinakuthula, a women’s history collective.
Marj involves her pupils – as well as others from under-resourced partner schools – in the Model United Nations Debate and helps coordinate Roedean’s social responsibility projects. She is an accreted UNESCO Teach SDGs Ambassador, and part of the Jane Goodall Innovation Education project on teaching SDGs to rural communities across Africa. She is also a Climate Action Project Ambassador fighting Climate Change internationally.
She is founder and coordinator of the Phendulani literacy quiz, reaching about 150 schools nationwide that do not have libraries. Marj also brought the Kids Lit Quiz to SA, for well-resourced primary schools.
She is a recipient of Round Square’s King Constantine medal for community service and in 2018, she was a Top Ten Global teachers nominee in the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Award.