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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