Partners for Possibility driving education

 

Partners for Possibility and Play Your Part invited guests to learn more about how the organisation’s work with schools is helping transform South Africa’s education system.

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The panel discuss the importance of South Africans getting actively involved in education and improving the experiences for learners in school. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)

Mathiba Molefe

On Thursday 10 November Partners for Possibility (PFP), in collaboration with Play Your Part, invited guests to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton to discuss the progress made by the organisation. Along with its partners they showcased their successes in improving the schools they are involved with.

Education is integral to South Africa’s growth, so improving the country’s education system continues to lead the agenda when it comes to ensuring a brighter future for all.

While huge investments have been made in improving our education system there remains much to be done in order to ensure a quality education for every child.

It is with this in mind that PFP was created. In partnership with some of the best business minds, along with teachers and head masters, they hope to harness best business practices to manage schools better.

The partners were joined by guest panellists Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Adam Craker, CEO of IQ Business, Thobile Chittenden from Room 13; and Ntateko Eddie Manzini, a student at the University of Johannesburg.

The programme aims to develop both partnerships and leadership, ensuring that everybody involved benefits from the process, from the business leader and principals to the children at the schools and the communities around them.

“What we have in this country is the most remarkable culture of active citizenship and citizens who actually stand up, who make a difference, who go out of their way to touch the lives of other people,” said Robyn Whittaker, stakeholder engagement lead at PFP. “It’s important that we showcase this as much as we can.”

BENEFITS OF PARTNERSHIP

Sharing her experiences of her partnership with business leader Frank Terblanche, Lindiwe Ginya, principal of the George Khosa Secondary School in Soweto, said a school’s head master is like the chief executive officer (CEO) of the school and that a school’s success is hinged on the success of its principal. “The problem that we have is that, in terms of management capacity, we don’t have the exact skills that we need as a manager or as a CEO.”

By pairing principals with actual CEOs and other people in leadership positions in business, PFP allows for the exchange in relevant skills like administration, financial management, recruitment and human resource management that can be applied in the running of a school.

“This is where you need people like Frank who come with the skills because, for you to be able to do all the three keys of administration, of HR and of financial management we can’t always depend on the state.

“We need people that are dedicated to making sure we change the education system, people like Frank that I’m very happy to have in my life because I feel the difference that we’re making to ensure we change the education system together.”

Partnerships like the one between Terblanche and Ginya allow for these skills to be shared and passed on to people who can put these practices into action where they are needed most.

“I’m hoping, in a small way, I’m contributing to the greater society,” said Terblanche.

The partners were joined by guest panellists Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Adam Craker, CEO of IQ Business, Thobile Chittenden from Room 13; and Ntateko Eddie Manzini, a student at the University of Johannesburg.
The partners were joined by guest panellists Sello Hatang, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation; Adam Craker, CEO of IQ Business, Thobile Chittenden from Room 13; and Ntateko Eddie Manzini, a student at the University of Johannesburg.

GET INVOLVED

If you’re inspired by what Partners for Possibility is doing and you feel like you need to play a part in helping them realise their goal of providing high-quality education, you can visit their website to find out more about how you can get involved.

PFP is always looking to spread its influence as far as possible, facilitating more partnerships and paving the way for younger generations. If you want to become a partner you can have a look at the organisations “become a PFP” web page to find out how.

PLAY YOUR PART

Everyone can make a positive difference in their own way. How are you working to support the development of those less fortunate?

Are you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?

If you do, then don’t hesitate to submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.

If we don’t get actively involved creating in a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.

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