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Tshwane’s third Leadership Circle celebrates a year of milestones within the Partners for Possibility program

Twenty business leaders and school principals gathered at the Liberty Life Centre in Pretoria on Wednesday, 17 February to celebrate their shared year-long journey on the Partners for Possibility program.

The celebration event marked the end of the formal training for this circle, which forms part of Partners for Possibility’s activities in the greater Tshwane area.



“Partners for Possibility is a social programme that puts the school at the centre of community development. Through a year-long programme we pair business leaders with school principals in a formal programme that sees them sharpen their leadership skills, address the challenges facing the school and ultimately improve the prospects of the learners at these under-resourced schools,” says Marichen Mortimer, the learning process facilitator of this leadership circle, called Tshwane LC3.

Last year, partner schools within the Tshwane region were partnered with a business leader to create a partnership where both partners learn from each other and work together on improving the school. Encouraging shared action, the partnership relies on the sharing of knowledge and skills between partners. These partnerships are further grouped into leadership circles, where the principals and partners could share ideas, challenges, solutions and access to resources.

On the evening each partnership came up to the podium to relay the story behind their journey, their progress and their intention to continue working together towards the improvement of the school even after the formal programme has been completed.

“Partners for Possibility has bridged the gap between education and the corporate sector, with skills, resources and support transferred between the sectors. We are building a network for collaboration,” said Kagiso Moloto principal of Kgabo Primary School in Attredgeville.  Partner Sandra Swanepoel from SAGE VIP agreed adding, “You get an incredible return on investment by being a part of this program.” Citizens aren’t given enough opportunity to help shape the education system, the reward is in knowing that one has done their part to improve the system.

“I have noticed a general air of desperation in our country,” said Michael Tsiane from Bestmed “but this programme has put the hope back in my heart.” Tsiane was partnered with principal Stephen Maboe of St Anne’s Primary School in Atteridgeville.

Partners for Possibility is driven by an audacious vision, to improve the quality of education for all children by 2025, and in doing so change each school’s story into one of hope and opportunity.

Olievenhoutbosch Secondary School’s principal, Agnes Raboshakga proudly took to the podium to share the successes of her school since joining the program. “In 2015 we were overjoyed to report a pass rate of 100%, with the support of our community we have achieved this level of success.”

The evening ended with a vote of thanks by the group’s facilitator, who gave special mention to Louise van Rhyn, the founder of the program. The work of the initiative goes well beyond its membership years, Partners for Possibility looks forward to the wave of change that the Tshwane partnerships have instigated.


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