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PfP Blog PfP at Oprah Magazine's O You! Conference

Stephanie Dawson-Cosser was amongst the fortunate Partners for Possibility team members who attended the Oprah Magazine O You! Conference at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, on the 14th of October 2013.

This was the first ever O You! conference on the African continent.  Over 5 000 people were in attendance, the majority of which were women.


The Bookery, an organisation dedicated to building, stocking and staffing well-equipped school libraries across South Africa, has joined hands with Partners for Possibility to provide libraries to deserving schools who are part of PfP. This collaboration was launched at the Oprah Magazine O You! Conference.

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PfP Blog The Bookery partners with PfP

Partners for Possibility have joined forces with The Bookery to install libraries in our under-resourced schools. Schools will be provided with a complete library, books that have been covered and catalogued and if necessary, a building and shelving to accommodate the library.

Sue Farrell, of The Bookery, approached PfP to work together and a wonderful partnership has ensued.  The partnership is open-ended with PfP but will last for one year with a specific school.  According to Stephanie Dawson-Cosser, who is one of our Learning Process Facilitators (LPF), teachers will also be trained in librarian skills and provided with mentoring to ensure that the library is being used properly.

The partnership commenced during October 2013 and is ongoing. The Bookery is a Cape Town based organisation and their vision is for every school in South Africa to have a fully-stocked, operational library.


Learn more about The Bookery and the work this amazing organisation is doing here

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PfP Blog Ray Sher Birthday Donation

Ray Sher, one of our Learning Process Facilitators (LPF), recently celebrated his 80th birthday. This was a birthday with a difference as Ray decided that he did not want any gifts, he wanted to raise funds for Symphonia for South Africa.

The party was on the 10th of August 2013 and all proceeds raised will go to the “Learning the Art of Community Building” workshops specifically.
 “From my perspective, that is where the greatest need is, in our communities,” says Ray.

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PfP Blog Cape Town Celebratory Evening 17 September 2013


Partners for Possibility, a Symphonia for South Africa initiative, held their Cape Town Celebratory Evening in Cape Town, on Tuesday 17 September 2013. The sporadic Spring rain did not stop the active citizens in Cape Town, who support the work of PfP, from attending the event, which was held at The Grove Primary School, in Claremont.

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PfP Blog SAPA National Conference 7 - 9 October 2013

The South African Principals Association (SAPA) will be hosting their National Conference from 7-9 October 2013 at Emperors Palace in Gauteng. The overall goal of the conference is to bring together leaders and managers in the education sector in an effort to get Education on Track in South Africa.

SAPA has called on organisations across all sectors to sponsor as many school Principals and vice-Principals to attend the Conference as possible. This is to provide Principals and vice-Principals from under-performing and underprivileged schools with the opportunity to be at the Conference. Scholarships will then be awarded based on certain criteria and all recipients will be required to attend the set skills building track.

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PfP Blog Johannesburg PfP Celebratory Evening 2013


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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