Partnerships reviving schools

2016-08-30 06:00
An animated Professor Jonathan Jansen delivers his keynote address at the celebration gathering of the Principals for Possibility event in Pinelands last week.  PHOTO: gary van dyk

An animated Professor Jonathan Jansen delivers his keynote address at the celebration gathering of the Principals for Possibility event in Pinelands last week. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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The powerful partnership between school principals and business leaders across the peninsula was celebrated in Pinelands last week with support from leading academic Professor Jonathan Jansen.

Jansen was the guest speaker when the Partners for Possibility (PfP) project hosted their annual celebration at the Oude Molen Technical School on Wednesday 24 August.

Passionate about education and its advancement, he has commended the initiative which pairs business leaders with principals in an effort to improve the crippling education system.

He points out that he has the utmost admiration for the partners involved in this initiative, especially founder Louise van Rhyn, who drives him nuts with the activity on social media. But he admits this is needed because “the only way you are going to change schools in South Africa is by having people like this in partnerships that are making a difference”.

“This initiative is what our children need – people who are energetic and deeply committed to reaching their goals,” he says.

The partnership revives the energy of school staff, says Jansen.

“What I experienced is the same that I have been hearing from the partners and principals who have been sharing their stories here.

“Many of you spoke about a lack of energy before the partnership and in my travels I have picked up on the energy of a school when I enter the gate.

“Too many times I am faced with teachers who are moving around the school with the worries of the world on their back, and it filters down to the learners.

The partnership with the corporate world is changing all that, Jansens says, as it helps the school principal to lead the school with a sense of urgency and excitement.

This filters to the staff, the learners and eventually into the community, Jansen believes.

“The principal must be able to make all his staff leaders. Leaders of their classes. And that energy must flow throughout that school. And this happens if all have a positive attitude. With these types of partnerships our learners will be able to benefit from experiencing the positive energy that is needed to make a business successful and strive to be successful in their lives.”

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