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Partners for Possibility is a programme that enables co-learning and co-action partnerships between school principals of under-resourced schools and business leaders.

Through this formal programme, which is explained in more detail at the end of this summary, business leaders and school principals join in a formally managed partnership programme designed to improve both partners’ leadership skills and address the unique challenges facing each school.

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Read more: Independent evaluation of Symphonia for South Africa’s Partners for Possibility Programme

'Everything rises and falls on leadership' - John Maxwell

Effective leadership has consistently been identified as the key characteristic of a good school. In addition, leadership quality is a vital determinant of the extent to which schools are considered to be successful, not just in terms of outcomes, but also with respect to how they provide an educational environment that nurtures and develops the ‘whole’ student.

In its work with schools, the GM South Africa Foundation has developed a number of leadership programmes to assist school leadership, at various levels of the system, to be effective in leading and managing teaching and learning processes and organisations.

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The primary objective of the Personal & Professional Leadership Development Programme is to equip school leaders with important personal, relational and leadership skills that will empower them in these areas. This programme is designed to be implemented over a two-year period with quarterly three-day workshop sessions with the school management team members. Personal and school-based tasks are carried out at school in between workshops. The programme also focuses on change and organisational culture (especially the concept of a learning organisation) as essential components that need to be addressed to ensure the success of the programme at school level.

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 In 2003 the GMSAF launched the Learning Schools Initiative which integrates a number of school improvement approaches, programmes and tools contextualised within a whole school evaluation and whole school development process. Central to this process is the question ‘what does it take to bring about meaningful and sustainable school transformation and development in South Africa?’

Transforming schools into centres of quality teaching and learning, especially those in developing countries, is a challenging process that requires strategic and creative approaches. In 2003 the GMSAF launched the Learning Schools Initiative which integrates a number of school improvement approaches, programmes and tools contextualised within a whole school evaluation and whole school development process. Central to this process is the question ‘what does it take to bring about meaningful and sustainable school transformation and development in South Africa?’

 

Impressed with the Foundation’s Learning Schools Initiative the Old Mutual Foundation has partnered with the Foundation in 2013 to contribute towards the strengthening and expansion of the model.

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Strengthening a school’s governance, operations and management is a key part of improving subject expertise and results. Through the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project, the principals, educators and pupils of Richard Varha Secondary School have worked closely with organisations such as SEED Educational Trust, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and Columba Leadership to start producing improved maths and science results. The community has noticed these changes and now want their children to attend this successful school.

 

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This initiative was launched in March 2013 by GMSA Foundation in partnership with Old Mutual, through the Foundation’s replication agency Siyawela, as a pilot project in 12 historically disadvantaged high schools in the townships and Northern Areas of the Port Elizabeth District of the Eastern Cape Education Department. 

The aim of the project is to develop and strengthen the leadership of Principals and Senior Management Teams (SMTs), with the long-term view to sustained improvement in the quality of learner achievement. This initiative took place against the background of poor morale among school leadership and teachers, low learner achievement and the perceived failure of conventional school leadership development interventions.

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Read more: Siyawela / Old Mutual Education Flagship Programme: Principal and SMT Leadership Initiative

This programme aims to turn every school in South Africa into a Centre of Excellence within four years.

This Programme is a culture change intervention which trains and empowers:

  • District Directors to turn their district offices into centres of excellence 
  • Circuit Managers to simultaneously train and empower the principals of all the schools in their circuits to reinvent their schools to become centres of excellence. 

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Columba Leadership’s purpose is to transform the culture of schools to change the trajectory of youth.  Our programme focuses on leadership development and youth engagement for youth employability and school strengthening.  

Our funding comes from corporate South Africa as well as local and international trusts and foundations. A total of R129 226 667 has been invested in this organization since 2009. 

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Old Mutual is committed to enabling the economic empowerment and  financial inclusion of people from under-resourced communities into the mainstream economy by investing in enterprise development, skills development and education. The Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP), launched in 2013, set out to invest R350 million over seven years into under- resourced schools. The overarching goal of the OMEFP is to increase the number of bachelor passes of grade 12 learners who study maths and science, so that they are able to access university education, resulting in more professional skills in the economy. As the project reaches its culmination, the Old Mutual Foundation reflects on its evolution, achievements and the lessons that have emerged.

 

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Read more: OLD MUTUAL: The far-reaching effects of developing school leadership

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