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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