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PfP Blog Professor Jonathan Jansen Endorses Partners for Possibility


Professor Jonathan Jansen is the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State and the Honorary Professor of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand. Passionate about education and its advancement, Professor Jansen has commended the work of Symphonia for South Africa and its Partners for Possibility initiative which pairs Business Leaders with School Principals in an effort to improve our crippling education system. His endorsement of the Partners for Possibility initiative joins that of Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Desmond Tutu - Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, Professor Brian O'Connel and Jay Naidoo who have all shown their support for Symphonia for South Africa's vision of a quality education for all South African children by 2022.

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PfP Blog Working up a sweat for a good cause


The Tour de Office initiative promotes healthy living, at the same time raising awareness and funds for causes in need. Teams from different companies square off in a 5-day biking challenge. This year, Quirk chose Symphonia for South Africa as the recipient of the funds raised and to increase awareness about the Partners for Possibility Programme, a ground-breaking initiative for leadership development for school Principals. Quirk's valiant match-up raised over R35 000. A feat welcomed by Symphonia for South Africa.

Recognised as the Best Digital Agency in South Africa at Financial Mail's AdFocus Awards 2012, Quirk is a “marketing agency born digital” where learning and innovation is making waves in the creative and technological marketing industry.  Between 15 – 19 July, the bodacious bikers from Quirk were allocated 19-minute slots during which they pedalled to support quality education for all children in South Africa.

What transpired was an inspiring competition between Quirk Cape Town and Open Box Software.  The challenge did not take place across tarmacs or biking trails but on stationary exercise bikes, with both teams of resolute bikers committing each push of the peddle to a worthy cause.

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PfP Blog Louise van Rhyn African Education Week Presentation


Louise van Rhyn was one of the keynote speakers at the African Education Week and Career Indaba which was held at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday 20th June 2013.

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PfP Blog It only takes a spark to get a fire going

Community building at Realogile High School in Alexandra

Reflections of Stephanie Dawson-Cosser (Learning Process Facilitator)

I was working with the teachers on Friday and the parents group on Sunday. My partner for the programme is Louise Cameron from Roseact Saturday School /Rays of Hope. She attended our Community Building Session in February 2012.

The Realogile School presented us with a challenge, though. The principal of three years’ standing is in hospital with cancer. The school is demoralised and consists of buildings with broken windows, broken doors and empty labs. The students are generally tardy.

It was agreed that I would work with the teachers, while Louise and her team of volunteers would work with a class of learners per grade. The ten heads of departments (HODs) would care for the other classes.  Then on Sunday, the HODs would have a session of community building with parents.

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PfP Blog Louise van Rhyn speaks at Plexus Action Conference and Connecting for Community

Director and founder of Symphonia for South Africa, Louise van Rhyn, recently visited the United States of America as part of her mission to raise awareness about the Partners for Possibility initiative. Louise attended the Plexus Action Conference in Washington DC from 18 to 20 April 2013, and from 24 to 26 April 2013, she attended the Connecting for Community Conference in Cincinnati.

The Connecting for Community gathering is an annual three-day event for novice and experienced ‘change agents’ from across the world, featuring speakers such as John McKnight, Peter Block, Angeles Arrien and Harrison Owen.

The three-day Plexus Action Conference, hosted by the Plexus Institute, is described as ‘a network of people united by their determination to create something better’. The aim of the conference is to put vision into action – taking ideas into communities and successfully implementing them.

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