Partners for Possibility was recognised on Friday 3 June by Unashamedly Ethical in the Western Cape for their tireless work in supporting and improving the South African basic education sector.
The award was accepted on behalf of the organisation by Louise van Rhyn, the CEO of Partners for Possibility, during a gala function at the NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West.
Unashamedly Ethical is a global organisation that promotes ethical behaviour in business and society. It actively canvasses individual and corporate signatories to its shared set of values and principles and has built a network of like-minded individuals and companies across 111 countries.
Every second year, Unashamedly Ethical invites its members, people and organisations in its wider network and the public to nominate worthy candidates for its Unashamedly Ethical Recognition Awards. These nominations are then judged by a panel of independent judges from corporate South Africa and civil society before a winner is selected.
“Ethical behaviour is not always practiced in South Africa and we have decided to identify and award organisations that selflessly devote themselves to improve the fabric of our society. Often, these organisations and individuals work without any recognition or reward and we wanted to change that,” says Wouter de Vos, provincial co-ordinator for Unashamedly Ethical in the Western Cape.
“For the Western Cape Awards, we received over 70 worthy nominations of people and organisations that do wonderful work. Needless to say the judging was tough!” says De Vos.
Partners for Possibility partners a school principal of an under-resourced school with a business leader or entrepreneur in a structured part-time programme. Through this programme both partners develop their leadership skills, while they work together to target the specific challenges facing their school.
“We are humbled by the award,” says Van Rhyn. “From starting with one school in 2010 we have grown to 427 schools today and it is all thanks to business leaders and volunteers who held up their hand and said ‘Yes!’ to a better future for our children. This award will no doubt fuel our passion to continue this work.”
In 2015 Partners for Possibility was selected as one of the “Top 10 International Leadership Training Providers” from the authoritative HR.com. This award placed PfP next to other international leadership training providers such as IBM and FranklinCovey.
“It is a co-action and co-learning programme and often our partnering business leaders learn more than their principal colleagues. Ultimately, the school, its learners and the community benefit and we see a radical change in the prospects of our partner schools,” says Van Rhyn.