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September 2018 – Mpumalanga News – Making schoolchildren better citizens


 

September 2018 Newsletter

PfP represented at WISE@NY Forum

In July, the ground-breaking PfP programme was named as one of six winners of the coveted global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards. On 22 September, the WISE@NY forum, which took place at the Altman Building in New York, saw the presentation of the 2018 WISE Awards, recognising all six winning projects from five different countries.

Receiving the award on behalf of PfP, Dr Louise Van Rhyn made the compelling ‘case’ for PfP in a rousing seven-minute talk.

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Executives are invited to go back to school (and the principal’s office) for a day in October

The inaugural Execs Back to School event in Johannesburg is almost upon us. Courageous, conscious leaders who care about education in South Africa are urged to sign up for this one-of-a-kind, immersive leadership development experience.

Powered by Sphere Holdings, and in collaboration with New York City’s Pencil NPC ‘Principal for a Day’ event, the aim of this initiative is to provide business leaders with an opportunity to gain first hand insight into the challenges within South African’s education system by allowing them to experience the daily realities faced by their counterparts in schools. .

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PfP to celebrate momentum and growth at 2018 annual events

The month of October 2018 will see partnering organisations, schools, conscious leaders and other PfP stakeholders gather in Johannesburg and Cape Town to celebrate the steady growth and remarkable impact of the PfP programme.

Held annually, these events celebrate and showcase powerful and transformational stories of leadership growth through presentations by principals and partners who have journeyed together as Partners for Possibility.

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Outdoor Classroom Day 2018: Play today, be prepared for tomorrow

The success of the biannual global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign has shown that teaching and learning needn’t be confined to the four walls of a classroom. This November, South African schools are encouraged to make the most of the pleasant South African climate by taking at least one class outdoors.

Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is calling on teachers across South Africa to hold at least one lesson outdoors on Thursday, 1 November 2018 as part of the global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign.

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PfP Founder and SSA CEO becomes ambassador of social enterprise accreditation body

PfP’s very own Dr Louise van Rhyn was recently selected by the UK-based Social Enterprise Mark as one of five international ambassadors who will help to promote its accreditation for social enterprises.

Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), the organisation that delivers the award-winning PfP programme, is accredited by the Social Enterprise Mark, an international accreditation body which independently assesses the impact created by social enterprises. SSA is the only holder on the African continent of this Mark, which recognises the positive impact that SSA is having on the lives of South African schoolchildren through the PfP programme.

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Book Dash Jozi 2018: Access to books is imperative to improving literacy

South Africa has made little headway in resolving its literacy crisis – and labelling it a crisis is no overstatement. With the 2016 international Progress in Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS) showing that 78% of South African children cannot read with comprehension after four full years of schooling, it is now more vital than ever to ensure that all children have access to reading materials.

Book Dash Jozi 2018 will see creative volunteers gather on Saturday, 27 October to create unique, African storybooks to address the lack of access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa.

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PfPs: Trailblazers in their respective fields

This month dedicated PfP teachers and principals received recognition for their remarkable achievements and contributions to education.

At the 2018 National Teaching Awards: Western Cape first round cluster Principal Chris Bam of Dalweide Primary school in Paarl was recognised for his inspiring leadership at primary school level.

Beacon Hill High School teachers Jade Allen and Shariefa Gabriels were also recognised at the first round cluster for excellence in English and Mathematics teaching, while Principal Greg Kannemayer secured second place for Excellence in High School Leadership.

Staying in the Western Cape, Klapmuts Primary School Principal, Ronald Frans, received the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the same award scheme. The inspiring principal, who leads the largest primary school in the Winelands district, received this cluster recognition in August at a ceremony held at Rhenish Girls’ High School in Stellenbosch.

The Department of Basic Education created these awards to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts made by teachers, who often work in very difficult conditions, to serve South African children.
We are immensely proud to be associated through PfP with change leaders Bam, Allen, Gabriels, Kannemayer and Frans.



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August 2018 Newsletter

Executives are invited to go back to school (and the principals office) for a day in October

As the inaugural Exec Back to School event in Johannesburg draws closer, PfP urges courageous, conscious leaders who care about education in South Africa to sign up for this one-of-a-kind, immersive leadership development experience.

Powered by Sphere Holdings and in collaboration with New York City’s Pencil NPC ‘Principal for a Day’ event, this experience aims to provide business leaders with an opportunity to gain first hand insight into the challenges of South African’s education system by allowing them to experience and sense the daily realities faced by their counterparts in schools.

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PfP wins IIA SA’s Guardian of Governance Award

Following recent recognition of PfP’s positive social impact in the form of a prestigious WISE Award, Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder of the programme, received the news of yet another significant honour – this time bestowed by the Institute of Internal Auditors SA.

 The announcement was officially made at a gala dinner hosted by the IIA SA on the evening of 14 August 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The dinner formed part of the Institutes’ 21st Annual Southern Africa Internal Audit Conference, which took place from 13 to 15 August.

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Thought leaders debate the significance of ethics in schools

On 7 August 2018 The Ethics Institute of South Africa (TEI), in conjunction with PfP, hosted a workshop to discuss ethical issues arising in South African schools.

 As an independent public benefit institute producing original thought leadership, TEI holds the conviction that the years spent at school are among the most crucial for our moral development and that a strong ethical culture is a critical part of the formula at work in well-performing schools.

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PfP to celebrate momentum and growth at 2018 annual celebrations

The month of October 2018 will see partnering organisations, schools, conscious leaders and other interested parties gather in Johannesburg and Cape Town to celebrate the steady growth and reflect upon the remarkable impact of the PfP programme.

Held annually, these events celebrate and showcase powerful and transformational stories of leadership growth through presentations by principals and partners who have journeyed together as Partners for Possibility.

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Partnering for future possibilities: Mediclinic supports career development in Cloetesville

During August, Mediclinic Southern Africa hosted a two-day career exhibition at Cloetesville High School in Stellenbosch to showcase the broad range of careers within Mediclinic that are open to students.

‘People assume that Mediclinic only employs nurses or doctors, and that there are limited career opportunities available within our organisation,’ says Greg van Wyk, Chief Human Resources Officer for Mediclinic Southern Africa.

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PfPs: Trailblazers in their respective fields

In this month’s edition, we feature four exceptional learners from PfP schools that are part of the North Coast 1 Leadership Circle being supported by LPF Terry Dearling. Their noteworthy achievements were originally featured in the North Coast Courier, as part of Spar’s Junior Superstars segment. We also highlight the inspiring accomplishment of a member of the PfP staff team. 

Grade 4 learner, Olwethu Gamede, from Tinley Manor Primary, has consistently achieved top marks in all her subjects this year. The nine-year-old has been described by her teacher as very dedicated, well-behaved, and always willing to go the extra mile with her school work. 

Radha Roopsingh Primary’s Londiwe Mthethwa recently represented the Ilembe District at the KZN Youth Run. The Grade 7 learner, who trains every day without fail, is also a member of the school’s netball team and enjoys music and dance too. 

Thirteen-year-old Pemphero Chirwa recently represented her school in a debating competition where she excelled. The Sizani Primary learner is a sterling English student – which is why she has taken on the responsibility to tutor the younger learners at the school. She says that her mother is her role model. 

Siyavuya Gcobe is a 12-year-old learner at RA Padayachee Primary. He recently grabbed top spot at an art and essay competition hosted by the Phamsi Museum. As the winner, he received R1,500 for himself, R500 for his teacher and R1,000 for the school. The learner’s winning piece is a drawing depicting the healing properties of blue Agapanthus flowers. 

We commend these PfP schools for recognising and promoting the successes of their learners and we are immensely proud to be associated with future change leaders Olwethu, Londiwe, Pemphero and Siyavuya. 

In other news, PfP’s very own Chief Operating Officer, Jansie Rautenbach, has learnt that she has been selected by the Business Women’s Association (BWA) as a finalist in the Social Entrepreneurship category of the BWA’s annual awards. According to BWA President, Happy Ralinala, Rautenbach thoroughly impressed the panel during the interview process leading to the announcement. The awards ceremony, in which the theme will be ‘The Economy is a Woman’, will take place on 13 September 2018. 

We are immensely proud of Jansie and honoured to have a leader who possesses such remarkable drive, vision and credibility in our team.
 
Continue to forge ahead by keeping possibility alive! 
 


 


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July 2018 Newsletter

Home-grown education innovation among international prize winners on Mandela Day

Partners for Possibility has made history by being named one of six winners of the prestigious global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards.

The announcement was made by the creators of the WISE Awards, the Qatar Foundation, on the morning of 17 July 2018 and coincided with centennial Mandela Day celebrations.

‘’We are truly honoured by the acknowledgement of the impact of the Partners for Possibility leadership development and principal support process. We see this as recognition of the power of active citizenship, leadership and cross-sector collaboration,” says Dr Louise van Rhyn, founder of the PfP programme.

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Executives back to school: Your chance to live the experience of a school principal

PfP will host its inaugural Executives Back to School (and the Principal’s Office) for a day event in Cape Town and Johannesburg this year.

This immersive leadership development experience, powered by Sphere Holdings and in collaboration with New York City’s Pencil NPC Principal for a day event, hopes to attract courageous, conscious leaders who care about education in South Africa. The experience aims to provide leaders with an opportunity to gain insight into the issues in education first hand by allowing them to experience and sense the daily realities faced by their counterparts in the South African education system.

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WISE Awards 2018: PfP featured on national media platform

Following the announcement as a winner of the 2018 WISE Awards, renowned South African journalist Tim Modise, on his eNCA slot ‘The Modise Network’, spoke to Dr Louise van Rhyn about the innovative PfP project and its impact.

In first segment of the interview, Dr van Rhyn provides a brief, but informative synopsis of the current education system in South Africa, and how the previous system of inequality and segregation has largely contributed to the current state of education.

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Polokwane PfPs participate in Community Building workshop

PfP’s very first Polokwane leadership circle recently attended a two-day Community Building workshop as part of the formal coursework component of their year-long PfP journey.

A visibly excited Marietjie du Toit, Learning Process Facilitator for the leadership circle, explained that this gathering was unique in many ways.

“What made this training so unique and successful was the fact that the six participating schools were able to invite representatives of their school management team (SMT), as well as their school governing body (SBG) to the workshop – something that has never happened before. This was all made possible courtesy of Sanlam, Limpopo, which generously sponsored 20 SMT and SGB members in addition to the 12 principals and business leaders on the PfP programme.”

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Durban hosts its first ever School Leadership Forum

Following the Success of School Leadership Forums (SLF) in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban kicked off its inaugural SLF session, entitled “Creating a culture of reading” in Umhlanga Ridge on 26 July2018.

The session, which is open to principals, teachers, school governing body members and members of the school management team, explored the widespread, pertinent challenge of low literacy levels among South African children, and how the creation of a culture of reading can help to overcome this impediment to learning.

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Soweto school receives new computer lab

Learners of Rutegang Primary are the deserving recipients of a brand new, state-of-the-art computer laboratory – a first for the ordinary school located in Jabavu, Soweto.

The laboratory, fully equipped with state-of –the-art computers, accessories and software, was made possible thanks to funds raised during this year’s Hot 91.9 / Sage Foundation Hot Legs Run, the involvement of education through technology innovators, the Click foundation, and PfP business leader, Cheryl Mulder.

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PfPs: Trailblazers in their respective fields

Jerusha Perumal, who is partnered with Principal Angelo Valentine of Saambou Primary School in Cape Town, is a finalist in the Regional Business Woman of the Year awards in the Emerging Entrepreneur Category. The awards, owned and organised by the Business Women’s Association Cape Town branch, recognise and celebrate the astute leadership and contribution of South African women who are excel in various sectors, including corporate, government, social entrepreneurship, education and science & technology. 

Perumal and Valentine are currently part of Learning Process Facilitator Nadia Mason’s CPT28 circle. Perumal is a retailer for multinational energy corporation, Chevron. 

In other news, former learner of Zonkezizwe High School, Eddie Manzini, recently graduated with a Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Johannesburg. 

The recent university graduate, who attended the no-fee secondary school in Katlehong under the leadership of PfP Principal Elizabeth Masemola, has also received an offer of employment from business leader Graham Haird’s plastic manufacturing company, Polyoak Packaging. 

Seema and Haird completed the 12-month leadership journey as part of the JHB9 leadership circle, under the guidance of Learning Process Facilitator, Dina Cramer. 
Manzini is, indeed, a sterling example of how unyielding determination can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. 

We are immensely proud to be associated with change leaders Perumal and Manzini. 

Continue to forge ahead by keeping possibility alive!


 


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Louise van Rhyn’s WISE Awards Talk

Stanley Henkeman

Stanley Henkeman is the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town.  He is the former HOD for the Building an Inclusive Society Programme at IJR. He previously worked as a teacher, lecturer and manager. Stanley has extensive experience in facilitating learning. He is equally comfortable and effective with grassroots and sophisticated audiences. Stanley is a skilled mediator, public speaker and facilitator.  He holds an MA Degree and is currently the Chair of the South African Transplant Sports Association. He also represented South Africa as an athlete at four  World Transplant Games.

Louise van Rhyn interview – RSG (July 2018)

LK Zeeman Primary School videos

Maryke Burnett speaks about her experience as a Partner for Possibility


Charmaine Moosa speaks about her experience as a Partner for Possibility 

 


 

Louise van Rhyn and Robyn Whittaker interview (July 2018) – Classic FM

 

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Louise Van Rhyn interview (July 2018) – ENCA

Tim Modise Network interview (Part 1) 

Tim Modise Network interview (Part 2)