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PfP Blog 2019 annual celebrations to mark significant PfP growth

Partnering organisations, funders, schools, business leaders and other interested parties will once again gather in Cape Town and Johannesburg this October to celebrate the continually expanding PfP footprint and to reflect upon the tremendous strides made by the PfP team in 2019.

Held annually, these celebratory events showcase stories about the transformational leadership growth experienced by principals and business leaders who have journeyed together for a year and beyond as partners for possibility.

This year, the Johannesburg leg of the celebration will feature a keynote address by Nolitha Fakude, the executive director of energy company Sasol. Crispin Sonn, executive director of the Gamiro Investment Group, will be the keynote speaker at the Cape Town event.

In April 2019, PfP reached a major milestone in the organisation’s nine-year existence with the launch of its 1000th partnership. Since its inception, the PfP programme has grown steadily, and its reach now extends to cities, towns, and in some cases remote areas, across all nine of South Africa’s provinces.

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PfP Blog Not all ‘classrooms’ have four walls

Children who have the freedom to play today — making friends, getting lost in the moment, having fun — are better prepared for whatever tomorrow throws at them.

School teachers across South Africa are urged to hold at least one lesson out of doors on 7 November 2019 as part of the increasingly popular Outdoor Classroom Day campaign.

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PfP Blog A brand new video to reflect PfP’s purpose

The internationally recognised, award-winning Partners for Possibility programme officially released its brand-new video in May 2019.

Have you seen it yet?

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PfP Blog Business forging closer ties with education

If we are to rescue South Africa’s’ ailing education system, we cannot underestimate the role of business. It is now, more than ever, necessary for the spheres of business and education to work together as a formidable force for change

Frank, but generative discourse about the role of business in education characterised Symphonia for South Africa’s 2019 Business in Education events that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town in June.

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PfP Blog Executives schooled in SA’s education challenges

The 2019 Execs Back To School day proved to be a valuable opportunity for courageous, conscious business executives to experience and sense the daily realities faced by their counterparts in the South African education system

CEOs and top executives from some of South Africa’s most prominent companies including Sasol, Nedbank, Standard Bank, MTN, Consol Glass, Sphere Holdings and Edcon swapped the boardroom for the classroom when they participated in the country’s one-of-a-kind Execs Back To School initiative hosted in Cape Town and Johannesburg on 1 and 7 August 2019 respectively.

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PfP Blog Transformative growth and momentum marked at 1,000 partnerships celebration

The establishment of 1,000 empowering partnerships for possibility between school principals and business leaders across South Africa was celebrated in Johannesburg this May.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo, Associate Professor of International Business and Strategy at Wits Business School,was the keynote speaker at PfP’s 1,000 partnerships celebration held at Rembrandt Primary School on 29 May 2019. The event saw PfP participants and team members, along with representatives from partner organisationsand other education stakeholders, gather to celebrate an important milestone in the life of the PfP programme.

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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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