Thinkers50 recognises Dr Louise van Rhyn for her contribution to South African Education

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Dr Louise van Rhyn. Photo: Symphonia
Dr Louise van Rhyn. Photo: Symphonia

Last week, a local social entrepreneur, a progressive thinker, thought leader, and academic, Dr Louise van Rhyn was awarded the 'Ideas Into Practice' award by Thinkers50.

Thinkers50 is a global ranking that was launched in 2001.

She received this award for boosting education in South Africa at the two-day virtual Thinkers50 Awards Gala hosted in London.

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Dr Van Rhyn holds a Doctorate in Complex Social Change coupled with more than 30 years of working as an Organisational Change and Leadership Development practitioner. In the process, she also founded a few local organisations.

According to Dorcas Dube, Marketing and Communication Manager at Symphonia for South Africa, this award is a testament to Dr Van Rhyn's purpose in life: to create a better future for all.

Dr Van Rhyn started Partners for Possibility leadership in 2010, a non-profit initiative to improve education in South Africa through collaborative partnerships between business leaders and school principals.

Dr Van Rhyn was the first business leader to partner with a principal to improve their school's academic outcomes. She partnered with the principal of Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park. This partnership led to positive results for this school and the community.  

"I am personally very excited about the fact that South African excellence is being acknowledged on the global stage," Dr Van Rhyn said.

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