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PfP Blog 900 business-education partnerships launched since 2011

Partners for Possibility (PfP), the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), is a step closer to realising its bold and audacious vision of quality education for all children by 2030.

The innovative nation building initiative recently launched its 900th business-education partnership – in just seven years – at the Peter Zongwane Primary School in Tembisa, Gauteng.

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PfP Blog Art auction to raise much needed funds for PfP work

At PfP, we pride ourselves on shrinking seemingly insurmountable problems into small, easily manageable steps. That’s how we’ve been able to positively impact over 850 schools in just eight years.

We are looking to welcome more schools to the programme in 2019, but in order to stengthen our presence, we need your help in fund raising for PfP.

Please consider taking a small, but meaningful step in supporting the impactful work PfP undertakes- and help create the educational future each and very child deserves.

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PfP Blog Photographers Without Borders document Gauteng PfP schools

The PfP Marketing and Communications Team hosted Seth Charter and his partner Arletta Charter, two visionary members of the Toronto-based volunteer organisation, Photographers Without Borders (PWB), in October. Their mission in South Africa: To ignite awareness around the plight of under-resourced PfP schools, and to ultimately effect change in an ethical way through capturing compelling imagery to communicate messages, share perspectives, foster cross-cultural understanding, and inspire others.

Both photographers described their experience in South Africa as ‘life-altering’ and ‘rewarding’, expressing a particular appreciation for the typical South African hospitality and warmth shown by all those they encountered.

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PfP Blog Transformational growth and momentum marked at PfP annual celebration

The more than 850 powerful, impactful partnerships between school principals and business leaders across South Africa were celebrated in Sandton, Johannesburg this month.

Sizwe Nxasana, founder of the Sifiso Learning Group and Co-founder and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT), was the guest speaker of PfP’s annual celebration held at the FNB Conference Centre on Tuesday 9 October, which saw partnering organisations, schools, conscious leaders and other PfP stakeholders gather to celebrate the steady growth of the programme.

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PfP Blog SABPP endorses PfP programme

The September issue of the HR Voice, a publication distributed by the SA Board for People Practices (SABPP), has seen the PfP programme stipulated as an approved and accredited programme that supports learning and development. 

As a world-respected HR professional body, leading the way with people practices standards, professional competence and active citizenry, the SABPP aims to give a credible voice to the HR Profession and add value by contributing to the sustainability of organisations.

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PfP Blog Execs Back to School initiative a resounding success

It was back to school for the CEOs of some the country’s most prominent companies participating in the inaugural Execs Back to School day.

The CEOs and top executives form some the South Africa’s largest companies including Sasol, Vodacom, Pearson, HP, Merrill Lynch, Consol Glass, Sphere and EOH swapped the boardroom for the classroom on Wednesday, 24 October 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 Join the ever-growing PfP movement: Make a meaningful contribution to education today!

Every year, hundreds of conscious, courageous business leaders who care about education in South Africa join the award-winning leadership development and principal support programme, Partners for Possibility (PfP).

During the 12-month partnership with a principal from an under-resourced school, both participants take part in several cutting-edge, immersive leadership development experiences and then set about improving specific issues that they have identified at their school. The partnership is expertly supported and facilitated by a professional coach.

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PfP Blog Book Dash Jozi 2018: Access to books is imperative to improving literacy

South Africa has made little headway in resolving its literacy crisis – and labelling it a crisis is no overstatement. With the 2016 international Progress in Reading and Literacy Study (PIRLS) showing that 78% of South African children cannot read with comprehension after four full years of schooling, it is now more vital than ever to ensure that all children have access to reading materials.

Book Dash Jozi 2018 will see creative volunteers gather on Saturday, 27 October to create unique, African storybooks toaddress the lack of access to culturally relevant books for young children in Africa.

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PfP Blog PfP Founder and SSA CEO becomes ambassador of social enterprise accreditation body

PfP’s very own Dr Louise van Rhyn was recently selected by the UK-based Social Enterprise Mark as one of five international ambassadors who will help to promote its accreditation for social enterprises.

Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), the organisation that delivers the award-winning PfP programme, is accredited by the Social Enterprise Mark, an international accreditation body which independently assesses the impact created by social enterprises. SSA is the only holder on the African continent of this Mark, which recognises the positive impact that SSA is having on the lives of South African schoolchildren through the PfP programme.

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PfP Blog Outdoor Classroom Day 2018: Play today, be prepared for tomorrow

The success of the biannual global Outdoor Classroom Day campaign has shown that teaching and learning needn’t be confined to the four walls of a classroom. This November, South African schools are encouraged to make the most of the pleasant South African climate by taking at least one class outdoors  


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