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PfP Blog Food relief drive reaches thousands in need

A collaboration between Symphonia for South Africa, FoodForward SA and the Solidarity Fund has seen around 8,000 food parcels distributed to over 30,000 people across several provinces in South Africa during the lockdown period

Since the lockdown was declared in March, Symphonia for SA has worked with a number of other organisations to tackle South Africa’s food security challenge. Through its Food 4 Hungry Children project, Symphonia for SA has obtained and captured data on the food needs of learners and their families from its network of over 1,000 school principals.

FoodForward SA, which reduces hunger in South Africa by recovering quality surplus food and distributing it to community organisations, has scaled up its operations during the lockdown to reach millions of at-risk households in vulnerable communities across the country.

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PfP Blog Unsung heroes: Port Elizabeth principals, parents and community at forefront of food distribution efforts at their schools

The principals of Sapphire Road Primary and Enqileni Senior Primary say that the distribution of much-needed food parcels to learners and families has brought parents and community members closer to their schools.

The two PE schools received a total of 300 food parcels during May in a food relief drive led by education and leadership NPO, Symphonia for South Africa (SSA), together with Pick n Pay’s Feed the Nation campaign.

SSA is an NPO founded to mobilise active citizenship around the significant issues facing South Africa. This is achieved by enabling cross-sectoral collaboration, incubating thought leadership and initiating future-focused programmes to facilitate nation-building. As an internationally recognised and award-winning social enterprise, SSA is supported by many dedicated individuals who generously contribute their money, time and skills. This support has enabled the organisation to engage collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in the private, public and civil society sectors.

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PfP Blog PfP principal goes above and beyond to ensure learners don’t go hungry

The national lockdown has left many of the most vulnerable without food. The learners and families of Blouvlei LSEN (Learners with Special Educational Needs) School in Retreat, Cape Town, have not been spared this struggle.

But the love and leadership of Principal Cordelia Romes Davids, coupled with the generosity of NPOs and businesses, has ensured that her learners’ stomachs – and hearts – are full.

Symphonia for South Africa first became aware of the plight of Blouvlei LSEN’s learners when Davids voiced her concerns via Symphonia for SA’s Food 4 Children WCape WhatsApp group.

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PfP Blog Collaboration and active citizenship drive food reliefs efforts

South Africa’s lockdown has underscored the country’s widespread food insecurity. When schools closed, nine million children normally fed through the government-funded National School Nutrition Programme were left hungry

Moved by the gravity of the situation, Symphonia for South Africa, under the direction of its CEO Louise van Rhyn, initiated the Food for Hungry Children project

Leading food relief efforts

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PfP Blog Trailblazers: class of 2019 achieve record exam success

The national matric pass rate rose to 81,3% - the highest recorded pass rate since the dawn of democracy in South Africa.

According to education analysts, this improvement suggests that inequalities in education may be reducing, but systemic challenges in the education system still inhibit quality schooling.


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PfP Blog PfP programme becomes a catalyst for change in Soweto school

A meaningful collaboration to develop skills has restored dignity for mothers in Dobsonville.


Catalyst change in Soweto school

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PfP Blog Partners for Possibility partner school gains financial literacy skills with XHUMA

Partners for Possibility teamed up with XHUMA to bring financial literacy programme, the SIMagination Challenge, to pupils at Beacon Hill Secondary in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.


Partners for possibility

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PfP Blog Execs Back to School 2020: Save the date!

Symphonia for South Africa is excited to announce the official dates for its third annual Execs Back to School days in Johannesburg, Cape Town and, for the first time, in Stellenbosch.



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PfP Blog World Read Aloud Day: Active citizens encourage a love of reading

If we are to reduce the existing inequalities in education, we must capitalise on innovative ways to encourage all our children to read.

World Read Aloud Day, a rapidly expanding global literacy movement, was one such opportunity which saw children across South Africa, along with their global counterparts, participate in various reading activities on 05 February 2020.


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PfP Blog Another decade, possibilities abound!

With this first quarterly newsletter of 2020, the Partners for Possibility team extend a warm welcome back to all of our community members.

Our bold and audacious vision is quality education for all children in South Africa. This year we plan to launch 288 partnerships - the most we have attempted to launch in a single year. This will put us firmly on track to realising our goal of impacting 2,000 schools by 2022 (10% of the estimated 20,000 under-resourced schools in South Africa).

We envisage that 2020 will be our most challenging, but immensely rewarding year yet – and we want you to be a part of it! We believe that our community of passionate people, and the relationships, connections and collaborations we are able to forge will form the bedrock of our success this year. PfP truly values every contribution of active citizenship, whether in the form of funds, expertise or the provision of time. We ask you, and anyone in your network, to please connect with us so that together we can make 2020 a year alive with even greater possibility.

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