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PfP Blog Construction sector insurers to contribute to improved education in South Africa

The Federated Employers’ Mutual Education Foundation (FEMEF), an initiative of the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (PTY) LTD (FEM), has confirmed its support of the Partners for Possibilities (PfP) programme, by funding the leadership development of 100 principals, from under-resourced schools in impoverished communities.

Established in January 2017, with the goal of supporting impactful, systemically orientated interventions in education, the foundation focuses on interventions of a scalable nature – a trademark feature of the PfP programme.

FEMEF’s support will enable Symphonia for South Africa, through the PfP programme, achieve its goal of reaching over 250 under-resourced schools during the 2018 financial year. Schools to benefit from the funding will participate in circles in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The first series of these partnerships will be launched in June 2018.

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PfP Blog PfP programme wins another international award

Partners for Possibility (PfP), the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), has earned further global recognition for innovation and social impact – this time as winner of the Social Enterprise Mark’s annual Making a Markcompetition.

The announcement was made on 6 June at the UK-based Social Enterprise Mark’s 2018 Conference in York, where PfP was one of five finalists for the Making a Mark competition. The award was accepted by a delighted Dr Louise van Rhyn, PfP Founder and CEO of SSA, who was the opening keynote speaker of the conference where the theme was #SpreadingTheWealth.

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PfP Blog Symphonia board member flies PfP flag

Symphonia board member and mountain bike enthusiast, Dave Morris, together with his teammate, Alastair Rendall, completed the Sani2C three-day multi-stage cycling race from 10 to 13 May as PfP brand ambassadors.

The pair, who spent 19 hours cycling through the gruelling KwaZulu-Natal route, took the opportunity to share the PfP story with those they encountered along the way. Morris believes that a unique cycling shirt is always a conversation starter, before, during and after a race – and this is what gave birth to the idea of a PfP cycling shirt.

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PfP Blog PfP recognised for its positive portrayal of the South African brand

Brand Summit South Africa has recognised PfP as its NGO Influencer Brand for 2018. The summit provides a robust platform for conversations about Brand South Africa and an opportunity to identify and award key South African brands, such as PfP, that positively represent the image of South Africa.

As winner of the NGO Brand Contributor category, the PfP programme was recognised for its contribution to socio-economic development, positive local and global ambassadorship, promotion of nation building by bridging gaps between communities, and its role in positioning South Africa as a leader in innovation. Adjudicators of the awards included Corporate Reputation & Brand Strategist Tshepo Matseba, Dust-A-Side’s Global Corporate Marketing Manager, Lolly Chibi, Woolworths Senior Communication Manager, Mia Azam, and Chartered Marketer, John Binns.

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PfP Blog PfP school celebrates 100 year centenary

Bertrams Junior School, marks its centenary alongside that of former President, the late Nelson Mandela

Bertrams Junior School – whose principal is a participant in the PfP programme – this year celebrates its 100thyear of developing young minds in the Johannesburg suburb of Bertrams.

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PfP Blog PfP attends Africa’s first WISE regional conference

PfP’s Louise van Rhyn and Robyn Whittaker were among the 500 participants who gathered recently in Accra, Ghana to promote regional collaboration, explore practical solutions to empowering African youth, and address developmental challenges. 

After successful regional gatherings in Tunis, Beijing and Madrid, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) hosted its first regional forum in Accra on 9 May 2018, under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

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PfP Blog PfP attends global 70:20:10 summit

Dr Louise van Rhyn, Founder of PfP and CEO Symphonia for South Africa, recently attended the annual 70:20:10 Summit in Eindhoven, Netherlands, where she interacted with other leaders who are implementing or want to learn more about the increasingly acclaimed 70:20:10 approach to leadership development.

The research-based approach recognises that around 70 percent of adult learning occurs in the context of real work experience and challenges, 20 percent from interactions with others, and 10 percent from formal education or training.

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PfP Blog Symphonia for South Africa NPC welcomes new board

Symphonia for South Africa NPC (SSA) has welcomed founding member Melanie Burke as its new chair on the eve of its 10th anniversary.

Burke, a former banker and change leader, has been an integral part of SSA since its inception in 2008. She has worked successfully across the private, public and civil society sectors, bringing her expertise in leadership development, diversity, change management, collaboration, innovation and entrepreneurship.

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PfP Blog PfP selected as one of 6 finalists for the Making your Mark competition

PfP has once again scored recognition for its innovative social enterprise model – this time as one of six shortlisted nominees in Social Enterprise Mark holders’ “Making your Mark” Competition.

The annual competition, which is now in its third year, seeks to recognise the vast and substantial impact accredited social enterprises have made within their local communities and broader society.

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PfP Blog Citadel and PfP Partner for Improved Education

The Citadel Philanthropy Foundation has committed to an ongoing collaboration with PfP to create meaningful partnerships between business leaders and school principals, offering leadership skills transfer and support.

In an April Classic FM philanthropy business feature facilitated by financial journalist Warren Thompson, PfP Stakeholder Engagement Lead Robyn Whittaker and Head of Citadel Marketing Nandipha Solomon discussed the objectives of their respective organisations and how the collaboration would go some way in achieving those aims.

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