Local businesses and school principals of under-resourced schools are enhancing their development through a collaborative education leadership programme at a time when strong leadership is vital in both the education and corporate sectors.
Partners for Possibility (PfP) Leadership Development & Principal Support Programme, launched in May this year, is being rolled out at eight schools in Langebaan, Hopefield, Saldanha, Vredenburg, St Helena Bay and Velddrif, with the support of the Western Cape Education Department.
Local business leader Darrelle Visser-Scheepers of Re/Max says she has a wonderful relationship with her school principal and can see her task is a momentous one.
“I find the programme a huge learning experience. I can use the tools with immediate effect and implement in my own business.”
Knowledge and skills are transferred through training, and one-on-one interaction between principal and business partner as well as community through practice and discussion. These are then taken back to the school community for implementation.
“The founder of PfP, Dr Louise van Rhyn, joined the group in Saldanha earlier this month for a lively two-day workshop on positively influencing stakeholders.”
Diazville Primary Principal Lee-Ann Davids-Hartzenberg reflected on the first three months. “Being part of PfP is a great eye-opener for me. I am more confident, excited to grow as a leader and to get the whole community to be part of the school,” says Davids-Hartzenberg.