Cutting-edge leadership development

At the launch of first KZN Partners for Possibility circle in KwaDukuza are the nine business leaders and accompanying school principals.

‘Headmasters have powers at their disposal with which Prime ministers have never yet been invested’- Winston Churchill

Believing that empowering school principals is the key to turning around South Africa’s education crisis is the centre pivot on which ‘Partners for Possibility’ (PfP) turns.

The NPO pairs business leaders with school principals at under-resourced schools.

Together they embark on a year of cutting-edge leadership development.

The aim of which is to strengthen the principal’s capacity to manage and lead the school, with the domino effect rippling out to the teachers and pupils and improving the school’s educational results. PfP also seeks to link the schools into the community in a sustainable way.

Wednesday last week marked a significant moment in the history of the NPO, with the launch of the first KZN circle in KwaDukuza and 500th circle of schools launched for the programme country-wide. Making up this circle are nine schools that have been hand-picked to take part and nine business leaders have put up their hands to go on their development journey with them.

At the helm of bringing this lifeline to the Dolphin Coast were Ballito residents Clifton Smithers and Peter Cameron who, once they heard of the success of the programme elsewhere, endevored to bring it home.

The first KwaDukuza circle is made up of the following schools and their sponsors and business leaders: Craig Coombe has sponsored three schools: Etete SA Primary School led by Sihle Mdlalose with business leader William Labuschagne; Dr BW Vilikazi Primary School headed by Thembi Mthembu with business leader Carol Church and Thembeni Primary School lead by Nokwazi Ndou who will partner with Ballito’s Dr Bill van Dongen.

Out of The Box Solutions has sponsored business leader Robert Jardine who will be partnering with Mfundiso Khuluse from Guzana Secondary School.

Rita Khuzwayo (left) and Mantombe Mpungose (right) who were instrumental in connecting Partners to POssibility with the school principals and principal Lawrence Majozi from Tinley Manor Primary.

Rita Khuzwayo (left) and Mantombe Mpungose (right) who were instrumental in connecting Partners to POssibility with the school principals and principal Lawrence Majozi from Tinley Manor Primary.

Simbithi Eco Estate are sponsoring the full partnership between Sizane Combined Primary (Ntobenhle July) and business leader, Paul Sparks and between R A Padayachee Primary (Aleen Maharaj) and business leader Malcolm Samuel.

The Dordet Charitable Trust are sponsoring the full partnership between Tinley Manor Primary School (Lawrence Majozi) and business leader, Rodger Stewart.

Nedbank are sponsoring the principals of Guzana Secondary School and Mashawati Memorial Primary, Mfundiso Khuluse and Bizie Magwaza and Union 3 are sponsoring the full partnership between Groutville High School (Nhlanhla Mbele) and business leader, Cliff Smithers

The programme is privileged to have life coach Terry Dearling, who has volunteered to lead the leadership development course. Dearling retired as human resource director at Barlow World two years ago to start business consulting. She was a member of the board for seven years and worked on every continent for the company, except Antartica. Dearling now lives in Simbithi estate. She is excited to play her part in turning around South Africa’s education crisis.

“This will be more challenging then running a corporate,” she said.

But she said the programme had a proven track record and was sure to “bring sustainable change”.

Key to the programme’s success, she said, would be the buy-in from the community.

“For example Simbithi Eco Estates are not only sponsoring two schools but have also agreed to provide the facilities for meetings and training courses, thier support has been invaluable.”

Dearling said one school, Mshwathi Memorial School in Upper Tongaat, was still looking for half their funding.

“We still need R40 000 to enable their headmistress Bizie Magwaza to complete the programme.”

To find out more contact Clifton at 082 377 3300.

Business leader Carol Church, life coach Terry Dearling and headmistress Thembi Mthembu from Dr BW Vilikazi Primary School.

Business leader Carol Church, life coach Terry Dearling and headmistress Thembi Mthembu from Dr BW Vilikazi Primary School.

 

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