Nelson Mandela, our beloved former president once said: ‘education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world’. It’s a rather lofty idea, isn’t it? Changing the world. One would be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed by the thought. How could a single person meaningfully affect the thousands of schools in our country, much less the world? And, yet; here is Partners for Possibility doing exactly that.
This is Simbithi Eco-Estate’s fourth year in partnership with PfP, a unique leadership programme that pairs a businessman or woman with a principal for a year. Through a series of workshops, leadership courses, professional coaching and discussion, the programme aims to bring positive change to schools.
As an anchor partner, Simbithi is the home of PfP on the North Coast where circles are facilitated by resident and life coach, Terry Dearling. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic meant North Coast Circle 4 had to find creative ways to advance their partnerships. We caught up with our two partnerships: Technical Manager Nicky Misra with Lloyd Primary School principal Thokozani Potelwa and Marketing & Communications Co-Ordinator Jodi Chetty with Buffesldale Secondary School principal, Dr. Mona Singh.
As they end the official portion of their PfP journey and look ahead to strengthening their bonds, we asked Nicky and Jodi to share what the PfP programme has meant to them.
If you would like to find out more about contributing to Simbithi’s two ‘adopted’ schools, and those we are still partnered with from previous circles e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.