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PfP Blog May Outdoor Classroom Day 2019

Thursday the 23rd of May was a beautiful crisp, blue sky, Autumn day in South Africa. More than 300 schools and 54 000 children had signed up to take part in the Global Outdoor Classroom Day. Collectively around the world more than 1, 7 million children were doing the same.

Outdoor Classroom Day is a global campaign to inspire and celebrate outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world take lessons outside and prioritise playtime. As well as having fun, they will show how important and easy it is to give children more time outdoors.

The campaign is about more than just one day; it is a catalyst to inspire more time outdoors every day, both at school and at home. To achieve this, the campaign has three aims:

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PfP Blog Execs Back to School: Engage for change

The inaugural 2018 Execs Back to School initiative was a resounding success. Some of the CEOs of the country’s most prominent companies participated in this initiative that was driven by Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), powered by Sphere Holdings, and based on New York City’s PENCIL Group’s ‘Principal for a Day’ campaign.

Read on to discover how the day unfolded, and what you can expect to experience if you decide to ‘go back to school’ this year

The CEOs and top executives form some the South Africa’s largest companies including Sasol, Vodacom, Pearson, HP, Ethos Capital, Consol Glass, Sphere and Africa Rising Capital swapped the boardroom for the classroom in October 2018 to participate in the inaugural Execs Back to School day – the first event of its kind held in South Africa. The executives spent the day at one of 27 government-run schools around Johannesburg, Soweto and Tembisa, and accompanied the school principal as they performed their daily duties.

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PfP Blog Sustainable Energy leaders to contribute to SA education

The work of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA) is to receive a sustainable financial boost through a collaboration with leaders in commercial-scale installations of solar Photovoltaic systems, Emergent Energy South Africa.

Emergent’s innovative project, Donate your Roof (DYR), seeks to encourage large corporates to ‘rent out’ their roofs for solar power generation. The savings accumulated from using solar power, as opposed to electricity provided by an already over-burdened Eskom, are then donated to Symphonia for SA.

Emergent CEO, Yoann Joyeux, explained why partnering with a progressive ‘’doers of society’’, like Symphonia SA, makes sense.

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PfP Blog Partners for Possibility: trailblazers in their fields

Two female leaders feature as PfP’s Trailblazers for this quarter

In July 2019 PfP Principal Belinda Petersen will become the first black principal of the 125-year-old Rustenburg Girls' Junior School in Cape Town

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PfP Blog JHB celebrations showcase PfP magic in full force

The first quarter of 2019 has seen the JHB32 and JHB33 Leadership Circles celebrate the end of their facilitated 12-month Partners for Possibility journey. These are some of their highlights:



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PfP Blog Mediclinic business leader goes beyond to uplift Cloetesville learners

As the Partners for Possibility programme gains increasing recognition, many South Africans are realising that the solution to our education crisis lies with cross-sectoral collaboration and efforts to develop the school leaders that our country sorely needs

Gareth van Zyl of BizNews discovered this, and more, when he sat down with Mediclinic ICT Ops Manager, Deon Myburgh, who is partnered with Principal Dorian Meyer of Cloetesville High School in Stellenbosch

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PfP Blog PfP principals shine at 2019 education awards

Three principals who have completed the Partners for Possibility leadership development programme collected notable awards at this year’s National Teaching Awards and National School Nutrition Programme Awards

Ronald Frans, Principal of Klapmuts Primary in the Western Cape - Winner of the Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award

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PfP Blog PfP named among ‘’Ivy league’’ in global NGO rankings

’We research, evaluate, and rank NGOs to showcase the best practices and newest ideas in the non-profit sector,” says Geneva-based independent media organisation, NGO Advisor

In February 2019, Partners for Possibility was ranked by NGO Advisor as one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world in their annual ranking of the world’s Top500 NGOs.

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PfP Blog PfP to celebrate 1,000 partnerships milestone

Eight years ago, the courageous pioneers of the Partners for Possibility programme set their sights on improving education outcomes in South Africa and committed to the ambitious goal of reaching 2,000 schools by 2022.

In 2019, Partners for Possibility will celebrate the launch of 1,000 partnerships – a milestone that, to us, demonstrates that the PfP movement is gathering momentum!

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PfP Blog Partners for Possibility needs you in 2019

Partners for Possibility (PfP), through its leadership development and principal support programme, continues to positively transform under-resourced schools in South Africa – school by school.

In the eighth year, and with an audacious target of impacting 2,000 under-resourced schools by 2030 in mind, the programme succeeded in reaching 900 schools.

This signifies that there is increasing awareness among individuals and businesses of the urgent task at hand – to sustainably solve the country’s deepening education crisis. The programme’s footprint this year alone also points to a shift in the thinking of ordinary citizens: towards the realisation that the active citizenry of South Africa possesses the power to turn the tide.

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