Partners for possibility in local education

Louise van Niekerk, Danelle Terblanche, Nelia Hulion and Steve Grey.

Two local businessmen Clifton Smithers and Will Labuschagne have made the bold step to take responsibility for our country’s education crisis on a local level.

Each has committed R78 000 to partnering with a school principal for a year providing the support the heads of these schools need to take their pupils on a path of excellence, despite the many severe challenges they are faced with.

Together the businessman or woman and the school principal go on world-class leadership development course.

They are campaigning for other like-minded people to join them.

Towards this aim Smithers of Union 3 and Peter Cameron of Town and Country property group held a breakfast at Simbithi clubhouse earlier this month to introduce Partners for Possibility (PfP) to the community.

The audience was captivated by keynote speaker Terry Rosenberg, chairman of Oakbrook Holdings, an investment house with direct interests in oil refinery, facility site services, catering and property development.

He is a non-executive director of ten companies, including The Sharks rugby franchise.

But the man who really held the audiences’ attention was businessman Chris du Toit who shared his own experience with PfP.

“When I arrived at my school on the first day I found that the children were using a guard hut as a classroom and they were so tightly packed into it that they had to go out to write their lessons,” said Du Toit.

He said the experience has humbled and changed him.

PfP is the flagship programme of national NPO and PBO Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) and their chosen vehicle to realise an audacious vision: Quality education for all children in South Africa by 2025.

Smithers said they hoped to start the programme by November this year, but to do that they need at least eight people to make the year long commitment.

“Since the breakfast five new people have shown an interest and we are hoping others will come forward soon,” he said.

To find out more contact Clifton at 082 377 3300.


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Lesley Naudé
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