Case Studies

Old Mutual: Research Lays the Foundation for Leadership in Education

Old Mutual is committed to educational interventions that deepen leadership and governance within the context of basic education. The company’s strategic refocus of its flagship education project should provide even better outcomes for learners and teachers alike.

The Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP), a multi-partner national initiative that set out to boost education at underperforming public high schools in South Africa, comes to an end in 2019. The seven-year project had two main objectives: to increase the number of grade 12 learners passing maths and science, and to build the management and leadership capacity of underperforming schools. The core focus of the project was to improve learner
outcomes by strengthening the leadership, management and teaching capabilities of these schools. It was envisaged that matric learners would be able to pursue tertiary education and would eventually be included in the broader economy.

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Old Mutual: The far-reaching effects of developing school leadership

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. 

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Old Mutual: Education Flagship Project: Richard Varha Secondary School, King WIlliams Town, Eastern Cape

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

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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Billion Child Foundation: SA Districts Centre of Excellence Programme

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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[Case Study] Columba Leadership Programme

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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