A leadership development through immersion experience



Execs Back to School is an opportunity for executives to spend time with the principals of South Africa’s under-resourced schools. A unique immersion experience, business leaders are invited to spend the morning experiencing our schools’ challenges, and strengths, first-hand. The event will take place in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Stellenbosch in its third year, comprising a morning school visit followed by a debrief over lunch attended by participating business leaders and school principals.
Sphere Holdings and Symphonia for South Africa invite all of South Africa’s business leaders to participate and gain a real sense of the daily realities faced by principals, teachers and learners in the South African education system.  Execs Back to School is designed to complement the award-winning Partners for Possibility education & leadership development programme.


Main event: 3rd June 2021
School visiting dates: 17th-28 May 2021

Should you feel comfortable visiting a school in person to gain better insight
into their challenges an onsite visit can be arranged leading up to the event,
with a virtual option from 17th -28th May 2021.

What does it take to get involved?

All participants are asked to make a minimum financial contribution (donation) of R4 000, R6 000 or R8 000 which helps make the day possible and support our work to strengthen education in South Africa for all our children. Symphonia for South Africa is a Registered NPO (NPO # 072-323 and PBO # 930-029-675). Required certificates will be provided along with our Annual Report and bi-annual Impact Report. 

Should you be there?

  • Do you care about improving the quality of education in South Africa?
  • Do you really know what goes on inside South Africa’s schools?
  • Have you ever thought about what it must be like to be a principal of an under-resourced school?
  • Do you think your business and colleagues truly understand the ‘education divide’?
  • Would you like a sneak-peek into the Partners for Possibility programme?

Partners for Possibility (PfP) is an award-winning, internationally recognised initiative which partners business leaders with principals from under-resourced schools in a year-long, collaborative and practical journey. Since its inception in 2011, the programme has sustainably impacted education outcomes in over 1500 schools in every province of South Africa by strengthening the leadership capacity and boosting the confidence of school principals whose influence on the quality of teaching and learning in the school is pivotal.

A reminder that Execs Back to School is a one-day immersion experience that gives insight into our schools. If you would like to participate as a Business Leader Partner on the full 12-month Partners for Possibility programme, click here to contact us execsback2school@symphonia.net

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