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PfP Blog PfP represented at WISE@NY Forum

In July, the ground-breaking PfP programme was named as one of six winners of the coveted global World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards. On 22 September, the WISE@NY forum, which took place at the Altman Building in New York, saw the presentation of the 2018 WISE Awards, recognising all six winning projects from five different countries.

Receiving the award on behalf of PfP, Dr Louise Van Rhyn made the compelling ‘case’ for PfP in a rousing seven-minute talk.  

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PfP Blog PfP trailblazers: Making a mark in their respective fields

In this month’s edition, we feature four exceptional learners from PfP schools that are part of the North Coast 1 Leadership Circle being supported by LPF Terry Dearling. Their noteworthy achievements were originally featured in the North Coast Courier, as part of Spar’s Junior Superstars segment. We also highlight the inspiring accomplishment of a member of the PfP staff team.


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PfP Blog Partnering for future possibilities: Mediclinic supports career development in Cloetesville

During August, Mediclinic Southern Africa hosted a two-day career exhibition at Cloetesville High School in Stellenbosch to showcase the broad range of careers within Mediclinic that are open to students.

‘People assume that Mediclinic only employs nurses or doctors, and that there are limited career opportunities available within our organisation,’ says Greg van Wyk, Chief Human Resources Officer for Mediclinic Southern Africa.

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PfP Blog PfP to celebrate momentum and growth at 2018 annual celebrations

The month of October 2018 will see partnering organisations, schools, conscious leaders and other interested parties gather in Johannesburg and Cape Town to celebrate the steady growth and reflect upon the remarkable impact of the PfP programme.

Held annually, these events celebrate and showcase powerful and transformational stories of leadership growth through presentations by principals and partners who have  journeyed together as Partners for Possibility.

The Johannesburg leg of the celebration will feature a keynote address by Co-founder of the Sifiso Learning Group and Chairman of the National Education Collaboration Trust, Sizwe Nxasana. Dr John Volmink, Chairman of the Umalusi Council, will be the keynote speaker at the Cape Town leg.

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PfP Blog Thought leaders debate the significance of ethics in schools

On 7 August 2018 The Ethics Institute of South Africa (TEI), in conjunction with PfP, hosted a workshop to discuss ethical issues arising in South African schools

As an independent public benefit institute producing original thought leadership, TEI holds the conviction that the years spent at school are among the most crucial for our moral development and that a strong ethical culture is a critical part of the formula at work in well-performing schools.

This formed the basis of the one-day workshop, which sought to explore the notion of ‘schools as moral communities’ and how to make this a reality in South Africa. The in-depth discourse covered themes including: generating leadership commitment to running schools as moral communities, building consensus within school communities around ethical standards, and ensuring that all school stakeholders are both ‘ethically aware’ and motivated to be responsible members of the school as a moral community.

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PfP Blog PfP wins IIA SA’s Guardian of Governance Award

Following recent recognition of PfP’s positive social impact in the form of a prestigious WISE Award, Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder of the programme, received the news of yet another significant honour – this time bestowed by the Institute of Internal Auditors SA

The announcement was officially made at a gala dinner hosted by the IIA SA on the evening of 14 August 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre. The dinner formed part of the Institutes’ 21st Annual Southern Africa Internal Audit Conference, which took place from 13 to 15 August.

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PfP Blog Executives are invited to go back to school (and the principals office) for a day in October

As the inaugural Exec Back to School event in Johannesburg draws closer, PfP urges courageous, conscious leaders who care about education in South Africa to sign up for this one-of-a-kind, immersive leadership development experience.

Powered by Sphere Holdings and in collaboration with New York City’s Pencil NPC 'Principal for a Day' event, this experience aims to provide business leaders with an opportunity to gain first hand insight into the challenges of South African’s education system by allowing them to experience and sense the daily realities faced by their counterparts in schools.

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PfP Blog WISE Awards 2018: PfP featured on national media platform

Following the announcement as a winner of the 2018 WISE Awards, renowned South African journalist Tim Modise, on his eNCA slot ‘The Modise Network’, spoke to Dr Louise van Rhyn about the innovative PfP project and its impact.

 ‘Is the South African education system fit for purpose?’.

In first segment of the interview, Dr van Rhyn provides a brief, but informative synopsis of the current education system in South Africa, and how the previous system of inequality and segregation has largely contributed to the current state of education.

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PfP Blog Soweto school receives new computer lab

Learners of Rutegang Primary are the deserving recipients of a brand new, state-of-the-art computer laboratory – a first for the ordinary school located in Jabavu, Soweto.

The laboratory, fully equipped with state-of –the-art computers, accessories and software, was made possible thanks to funds raised during this year’s Hot 91.9 / Sage Foundation Hot Legs Run, the involvement of education through technology innovators, the Click foundation, and PfP business leader, Cheryl Mulder.

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PfP Blog Durban hosts its first ever School Leadership Forum

Following the Success of School Leadership Forums (SLF) in Cape Town and Johannesburg, Durban kicked off its inaugural SLF session, entitled “Creating a culture of reading” in Umhlanga Ridge on 26 July2018.


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