Malaika History and Leadership

UNL fashion students in African designs

Malaika Board Member Dr. Marjorie Kostelnik, Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Students, Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design, UNL, in their African creations.

“In order for people to have a future, they must first know they have a past.”

The late Dr. Robert Manley, an eminent Nebraska historian

Bringing the World to Nebraska Schools

Founded in 1997, the Malaika Foundation, a 501(c)3, offers Nebraska primary and secondary teachers global educational resources and travel opportunities. Malaika is a partner with the Nebraska Department of Education which supports all initiatives to increase the international focus of our teachers.

Inspired by the late Dr. Robert Manley, an eminent Nebraska historian, Malaika also encourages an understanding of Nebraska history and place. As Dr. Manley encouraged, “In order for people to have a future, they must first know they have a past.”

The Malaika Foundation continues to bring the world to Nebraska schools.

Malaika means "my angel" in Swahili, which is primarily spoken in Tanzania and Kenya. A popular song throughout Africa was recorded by the late Mariam Makebe, a Grammy award winning South African singer and civil rights activist.

Listen to the song ›