Endorsements

Since the establishment of the Partners for Possibility Initiative in 2010, the project has grown in stature and reputation. Our work has been endorsed by some of the country’s most influential educational thought leaders.

Professor Brian O’Connell
 Former Rector and Vice-Chancellor, University of the Western Cape

“It is clear that we all underestimate just how deeply our history has hurt people and institutions, but if our country is to have any chance of transcending that hurt and if our people are to take full ownership of our future then our schools must lead the way. I believe that Symphonia has it right and that partnership with our leaders in this critical venture, our principals, will create a new environment and release the kind of positive, confident energy, supported by knowledge that will put us on a new path. I support this project unconditionally and hope sincerely that the project will be supported: for all of our sakes.”

To watch videos of Prof. B. O’Connell endorsing the project, click here.
To read the full endorsement letter from Prof. Brian O’ Connell, click here


Desmond Tutu
 South African social rights activist and former Anglican bishop

“I am always moved by the number of people who are engaged in wonderful acts of transformation, of making a real difference in the world. When each of us does something good – where we are – it’s these acts of goodness that together overwhelm darkness and change the world. I warmly commend Symphonia for South Africa for bringing together citizens committed to building our country through education – such as in the PfP programme. God bless you!”


Advocate Thuli Madonsela
 Public Protector of South Africa

“Sometimes we focus on moaning, but there’s far more nobility in taking the initiative and doing something about education. There is a very clear link between educational inequality and societal inequality, and the efforts of PfP are really about lighting a candle and improving people’s lives. Business must be commended for its involvement in PfP and I encourage many others to become involved in the future.”


Pravin Gordhan
South African Minister of Finance

“In today’s complex and fast-changing society, leadership is particularly challenging, whether in a school or any other institution. School principals are expected to be visionary and ethical role models who nurture and care for learners, educators and the community. PfP provides an indispensable bridge so that both principals and business leaders share these qualities, the responsibility of leading change at a school and to enrich lives. Through this process business leaders and principals develop new skills, insights and a passion for change.”



Kgalema Motlanthe
Former President of the Republic of South Africa 

“Through PfP, an educational initiative, Symphonia has demonstrated the value of social partnership in tackling current national challenges, which include inequality, poverty and unemployment. As they say, education is the great equaliser and thus the surest way of helping us rebuild our society, guided by the vision of unity, democracy, non-racialism, non-sexism, justice and equality. I am convinced that this is an educational initiative whose time has come!”



Wendy Luhabe
 Economic activist and social entrepreneur

“In a world where there is a chronic leadership vacuum and pockets of excellence, I am inspired by this home-grown, innovative and sustainable solution which places education at the centre of community. We invite you to join us in creating new possibilities, new partnerships, collaborative and experiential approaches for leadership development in a changing environment that requires a new intelligence. This is essential for us to leapfrog South Africa to realise her full potential.”



Trevor Manuel
 Former South African Minister in the Presidency for National  Planning  Commission

“The National Development Plan is all about different parts of society working with government to increase capacity. The PfP programme is exactly what is needed to make the NDP real and take our education forward. I commend the initiative for what it does for education. But I also commend the initiative for how it develops business people and gets them into communities those business people would not necessarily get involved with. That has to help nation building as well. Well done PfP.”



 Dr Thabo Makgoba
 Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town. Chancellor of the University of  the Western Cape

“Symphonia for South Africa’s core aim of putting the school at the centre of communities is the only way South Africa’s basic education challenges can be addressed. I fully endorse and support this initiative which resonates well with the vision of the Anglican Board of Education of Southern Africa (ABESA) of informing, forming and transforming communities in Southern Africa. I call on all South African businesses to give generously and to partner with Symphonia for South Africa as we together provide quality education for all children in South Africa.



Professor Jonathan Jansen
 Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State

“I challenge every company concerned with the future skills set of high school graduates to join the PfP programme in linking principals and corporate leaders in making schools better now, but also in improving our economic futures later”



Brand Pretorius
Director of Companies

“I identify fully with the aims and objectives of the PfP project. In my view it addresses one of the critical success factors in education in a practical and meaningful way. I am confident that this worthy project will, over time, improve the quality and effectiveness of education in South Africa.”



Paul Harris
 Co-founder of the Rand Merchant Bank Holdings 

PfP creates the opportunity for business leaders to give more than just money they get to contribute their knowledge and skills to help lead change in education. I strongly support the idea of partnering business leaders and school principals to help transform our education system.”



Panyaza Lesufi
MEC for Education in Gauteng

“If our education system was a four-legged table, two legs would be broken, and as a country we need to ensure that those legs are fixed. I’m proud to be associated with Partners for Possibility through the 66 GDE Schools project. We have to stand up and do this thing together, and I really appreciate all of PfP’s support. In me you have a partner.”