Monde Sitole

  • AGE: 34
  • nationality: South African
  • residence: Cape Town
  • athletic skills: Hiking, Climbing, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Cycling
  • hero status: I am nothing more than a single narrow gasping lung, floating over the mists and summits.
  • hero statement: "Mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals where I practice my religion." —Anatoli Boukreev


Monde Sitole is versatile young South African who has traversed the world both as a sailor and a mountain climber. He’s from a South African township - but this adventurer and educational campaigner has scaled, sailed and climbed his way across some of the world’s highest peaks and most treacherous oceans. Based in Cape Town, he is a global youth ambassador for A World at School, an organisation that together with its network of ambassadors performs grassroots education work in 85 countries.

Monde was one the first youngsters to attend school on board the SV Concordia tallship, an international school based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Monde covered many sea miles while attending classes, sailing from Cape Town to Namibia, St Helena, Ascension Island, Fernando Island, Brazil, Trinidad, Tobago, Bermuda and eventually, London. He then completed his Competent Crew Certificate through the Good Hope Sailing Academy, and is now working towards becoming a yachtmaster.

Monde knows all too well the struggles of education, which are a major part of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals from now until 2030. With the Monde Sitole Education Foundation, he is fighting to get some of the country’s 700,000 children back into the classroom. Despite South Africa having a strategy to tackle the education problem, since 2000 the number of children out of school has increased alarmingly. Also, a shocking 500,000 children with disabilities are excluded from schools, according to Human Rights Watch. Monde believes South Africa’s schooling problem is down to a lack of good teachers, which leads to students becoming uninspired and disengaged with the education system.

Monde is busy with the Dare2Dream expedition, a Grand Slam of summiting the Seven Summits of the world and reaching both the South and North poles unsupported. He has already succeeded in summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Elbrus and Mont Denali. At the moment, he is training for Everest where he will attempt to summit the peak in November 2017 without oxygen. He is also taking three young African ladies from a township in Cape Town to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in June 2017 to raise funds to put a 1000 South African girls into school.

He is the founder of the Monde Sitole Foundation and the Desert Rose Adventure Club.


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