Updated Aug 05, 2020

Partners for Possibility (PfP)

www.pfp4sa.org

Louise Van rhyn

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The PfP programme partners business leaders with principals from under-resourced schools in a year-long, collaborative and very practical journey. Partners work together to strengthen leadership capacity at these schools.

The Partners for Possibility Programme pairs business leaders in South Africa with school principals to enhance principals' leadership and management capacity and therefore foster improvement in schools' educational outcomes. While South Africa’s education system is in crisis, the country accounts for 24% of Africa's GDP and has the second-largest economy in Africa - behind Nigeria. There are t...
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The Partners for Possibility Programme pairs business leaders in South Africa with school principals to enhance principals' leadership and management capacity and therefore foster improvement in schools' educational outcomes. While South Africa’s education system is in crisis, the country accounts for 24% of Africa's GDP and has the second-largest economy in Africa - behind Nigeria. There are thousands of business leaders in South Africa who have been very well-equipped by their various organisations to assume leadership positions and manage change. Instead of developing an expensive consultant-led solution, PfP leverages this national resource onto the education system by partnering well-trained business leaders with school principals to help support and equip those principals with the knowledge and skills to lead change in their schools and communities. When business leaders, many of whom want to make a contribution to public education, are partnered with school principals in a facilitated and structured development process, principals get the kind of support that they need in order to lead change at their schools. PfP is recognised as an innovation in Corporate Social Investment, leadership development, education reform and principal support because it is not a coaching or mentoring process. Business leaders become partners to principals with the expectation that they will learn from each other in a reciprocal process.
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Stage 5: Scaling

After 9 years of operation we have reached more than a 1,000 schools across South Africa (in all 9 provinces)
Registered in South Africain South Africa

Focus Areas:

Education, Leadership Development, Citizen Participation and 7 MoreSEE ALL

Education, Leadership Development, Citizen Participation, Basic Education, Secondary Education, Literacy, Parent & Family Engagement, Mentoring/Coaching, Teacher Development and Training and Public-Private PartnershipsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

South Africa

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900,297
Lives Impacted to Date
1
Key Partner
1
Country Implemented In
45
Employees
$8,065,533
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

The fact that most school leaders in South Africa have not been equipped for the role they are expected to fulfill. This has resulted in South Africa being placed last or near last in the Global Education Rankings.

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Solution

We have an innovative solution that leverages the private sector to equip school principals with the knowledge, skills and support they need in order to lead their schools.

Target Beneficiaries

We work with school principals as our primary beneficiaries. 96% of the school principals we work with are black and work in under-resourced schools. These school principals lead teachers in under-resourced schools. 98% of the teachers impacted by our work are black and work in under-resourced schools The ultimate beneficiaries of our work are learners in primary and high schools. They are all under 19 years of age, 98% are black and live in under-resourced communities

Mission and Vision

PfP's bold and audacious vision is quality education for all children in South Africa within in the next decade, that is, significantly improved education outcomes within the next decade. Our mission for the immediate future is to reach 2000 under-resourced South African schools by 2025. This figure represents 10% of the 20 000 under-resourced schools in South Africa.

Competitive Advantage

Leadership development /capacity building of this kind is typically done through expensive training offered at universities in cities, where people in rural towns have to travel to attend, or through a process where facilitators are sent to the towns to work with principals. In our case, a large part of the ‘work’ gets done through cross-sector co-learning and co-action partnerships. The companies pay for leadership development and instead of sitting in classes, the funded executives develop their own leadership capacity. The principal and teacher’s change capacity in each school/community is also developed.

Planned Goals and Milestones

We believe that when business leaders get involved in these communities themselves, they not only gain a greater level of social consciousness, but work toward eliminating the traditional barriers that exist in South Africa between rich and poor, men and women, etc. This way of working also transcends the barriers (financial, social-economic etc.) that exist for many lower-income families to access quality education.
Funding Goal500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted328

The Team Behind the Innovation

The vibrant, multi-talented PfP leadership team works tirelessly to ensure the growth and ongoing success of the programme. The nine-strong team comprises of eight females and one male. Our visionary team leaders hail from a multitude of diverse educational and working backgrounds, ranging from health, education, political science, economics and finance, to organisational development, metaphysics, strategic communications and project management.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Jul 2019
Lives Impacted
900,297
Jan 2010
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
South Africa
Date Unknown

Supporting Materials

PfP-2019-Brochure-orientation-null.-Email-version.pdf
PfP-Endorsements-orientation-null.-March-2019.-Email.pdf