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Bardale Primary School Blog PfP Reflection

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Partners for Possibility is committed to the radical transformation of South Africa’s education system. We believe this can be achieved by mobilising South African citizens to rally around School Principals and staff educators, enabling them to experience an upward spiral of change.

Such change cannot be achieved overnight. It requires hard work, determination and commitment from all stakeholders, but with a willingness to see it through, real change can be realised.

Ntombiyosindiso, better known as Sindy, leads the newly-established Bardale Primary School of 1205 learners in Mfuleni.

The school is situated in a community in which poverty and unemployment are rife. Sindy explains that the lack of parental involvement and learner discipline are the biggest challenges facing the school. “We are crying out for parents to become more involved,” she says. “I would love to see more parents actively involved in meetings, forums and school activities. Together we can make a difference.”

Sindy saw the PfP Programme as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the school and the broader community it serves. She hopes that through the programme, and with the help and support of her Partner for Possibility, Lennox Khadi, she was able to draw the community to the school and generate a positive reputation for the institution.

“Our youth have very few positive role models in today’s society,” Sindy says. “My vision for the school is to build-up and equip responsible citizens that value education.”

“The TIME TO THINK training left me feeling confident and empowered. I now have the confidence to lead without fear.”

For Lennox Khadi, from African Bank, embarking on this journey with Sindy is an opportunity to be a part of the change.

“I appreciate Sindy’s humble nature and the way she handles her challenges without stress. She sees opportunities in every challenge and this has changed my mind set. Sindy tends to put other people first which makes a positive impact. She has taught me not to be focused on challenges but on opportunities,” says Lennox.

The Partnership between him and  Sindy is a fortunate one, Lennox says. They both hail from Grahamstown and they share personality traits such as humility, ambition and innovation.

“I’ve always been a problem-solver,” he says, “I try not to get discouraged by the negatives, but rather look for ways to better the situation.”

He acknowledges that tackling the difficulties facing Bardale Primary School was no easy task, but welcomed the challenge.

For Sindy the support of her PfP has been priceless, “Lennox has managed to support me through thick and thin, even though he is the youngest PfP in our LC. But, he has left a mark in my life and my leadership as a school manager.”

Lennox Khadi has only praises to sing about the Leadership Development Programme, “PfP has assisted me with personal development that uplifted my self-esteem in order to be confident on approaching challenges. It gave me a different approach on how to manage people, challenges and how I can see possibility in each challenge. The PfP Programme has equipped me with useful information and models that can be used in both the work environment and personal life, by understanding people and situations that surrounds a person and especially when you are working with a team.”

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13 December 1901, 20:45
 

Bardale Primary School Blog Bardale Primary School Eye-Testing

Category: PfP Schools

Eighty learners from Bardale Primary School, situated in Mfuleni, near Cape Town, had their eyes tested by an optometrist, free of charge.


On Monday morning, 22 July 2013, the learners were accompanied by two nurses from a Non-Governmental Organisation, Afrika Tikkun, and members of the school teaching staff as they walked to Afrika Tikkun’s Centre of Excellence.  The centre is situated in the Mfuleni community.


Afrika Tikkun is an international Non-Governmental Organisation that provides essential services to families living in township areas. Their main focus is on children and they primarily operate within the following core areas: Early Childhood Development, Child and Youth Development, Nutrition and Food Security, Primary Health Care, Family Support Services, Children with Disabilities and Enterprise and Skills Development.

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13 December 1901, 20:45
 

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