Our BOLD and AUDACIOUS vision: Quality Education for all South African children by 2025.
Partners for Possibility (PfP) is the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa (SSA). SSA is a national NPO & PBO, based in Bellville, Cape Town, with a bold and audacious vision: Quality education for all children in South Africa by 2025.
Partners for Possibility is a creative solution to South Africa' education crisis - it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between School Principals and Business Leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering Principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility Programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between Business, Government and the Social Sector.
The PfP Programme was founded in 2010 when Louise van Rhyn (Director and Founder), became the first Business Leader to partner with a Principal in an effort to improve a school's education outcomes.
The PfP initiative speaks to the idea that enhancing the quality of education, improving the school environment and encouraging engagement between parents and teachers are meaningful and attainable goals that would provide an upward spiral of real change in society.
By placing the school at the centre of community we believe that a radical transformation can be achieved in the education sector.
We have a mission to radically transform education outcomes in South Africa within the next decade, so we have committed ourselves to mobilising citizens and communities to rally around principals and educators. This is the passionate team of people working hard behind the scenes.
There is a direct correlation between good school leadership and educational outcomes. Most School Principals in South Africa have not been equipped with the skills & knowledge for their critically important leadership role. Partners for Possibility is specifically designed to address this: Principals are partnered in a co-action and co-learning partnership with Business Leaders who bring their knowledge and skills about change leadership to the school.
Principals and Business Leaders work together to lead change at four levels of the school system:
1. Principal – we need our Principals to be confident and energized to lead;
2. School Management Team – Business leaders help Principals to develop the School Management Team into a cohesive and aligned team;
3. Community of Teachers – Principals and Business Leaders work together to re-energize and re-engage the school management teams at the schools;
4. Community of Parents & other citizens around the schools.