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Historic partnership enhances plans to secure quality education for all SA learners by 2025

CAPE TOWN. - “The aim of securing quality education for all South African children by 2025 has just received an enormous boost,” said Louise van Rhyn, founder of Partners for possibility.

Van Rhyn spoke after the announcement of a historic partnership between Partners for possibility and WeCan24, flagship educational program of Media24 and a leading practitioner of equipping editorial teams at schools in the country to master social media and post articles on a digital platform.

Adrie Jurgensen, group manager of Media 24 community services and project manager of WeCan24, said the long-term influence of the newly formed partnership with Partners for Possibility can contribute to the fulfilment of the dream of unlocking thousands of possible jobs.

Partners for Possibility is a non-governmental organization who has partnered 500 schoolmasters with 500 business leaders to equip principals, teachers and the management team of the education institution with the skills and knowledge to lead change and mobilize communities around their schools.

Van Rhyn said the ground-breaking partnership with WeCan24 will significantly improve the communications skills of learners.

It will also accelerate their marketing skills and their abilities to become though leaders in South Africa.

“I have no doubt it will improve educational outcomes in South Africa. Since our first partnership started with Kannemeyer Primary School, we have had seen business leaders impact many schools and mobilize communities in South Africa,” Van Rhyn said.

“We have trained 1606 learners and 692 teachers to compile news articles, master social media and post articles digitally on a multimedia platform and have signed up 250 schools since WeCan24 was incepted last year, a phenomenal achievement,” said Jurgensen.

“We have transformed dilapidated class rooms into media-centres, we have equipped them with new 21st century media technology, and we have announced feeding schemes and produced vegetable gardens and an atmosphere conducive to creative writing.

“By signing up 500 new schools in association with Partners for possibility, each of the learners at those schools will have access to workshops and training sessions to write and post news articles and master the social media.

“That, in turn, can contribute to our aim of equipping 10 000 learners within the next four years to become citizen journalists with digital skills. It will enhance the literacy skills of a significant percentage of our primary school learners dramatically,” Jurgensen added.

“This is an excellent partnership as Partners for possibility increase the management and leadership skills of the principal, teachers, the school management team and the community surrounding the school. WeCan24 provide the journalistic skills to build future thought leaders in South Africa.

Issued release on behalf of WeCan24. For more information, contact Renaldo Schwarp on 021-30552264 or on 0793620016or Selwyn Page on 021-9133507 or 083-4741035.


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