Symphonia for South Africa is delighted to announce the release of Partners for Possibility: Stories of Impact, the second instalment of the decade-long journey of South Africa’s very own business-education initiative.
In celebration of this release, Partners for Possibility (PfP) will host a series of launches via Zoom to share some of the stories of impact featured in the 38 chapters of the book.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to launch our second book in several virtual sessions over the course of the next few months. Our aim is to use these launches to share the extraordinary PfP story and to celebrate the 10 years of impact that PfP has had. We also hope the sessions will encourage more people to become involved in our programme,’’ says Dorcas Dube – Partners for Possibility Marketing and Communication Manager.
In 2015, PfP published its first book, Partners for Possibility: How business leaders and principals are igniting radical change in South African Schools, which captured the essence of the remarkable work being done through PfP.
The sequel is a 10-year reflection on PfP’s dedication to changing South Africa’s education system through brokering trailblazing partnerships between business leaders and school principals. It features a beautiful collection and celebration of many different voices that bear testament to the power and potential of South Africa’s active citizenry.
In the first chapter of Stories of Impact, PfP founder, Dr Louise van Rhyn explains how she and co-author Theo Garrun went about conceptualising and then writing the book. “Our original plan was to write a story that would encourage people with an interest in education in Africa to rethink their assumptions about how to effect change in education. After the first few visits and conversations with principals and business leaders, I realised that we needed to shift direction and simply tell the stories of the people who have been touched by this work,’’ explains van Rhyn.
Ridwan Samodien, the Co-Founder of PfP and principal of the first PfP school, Kannemeyer Primary, said: “The stories emanating from this book represent not only stories of hope, but stories of action. They showcase the efforts of ordinary South Africans carving out a better future for our children.’’
“We hope that you will enjoy reading this book as much as we have enjoyed producing it. The stories serve as an invitation for you to think about your own practice as a leader and change maker,‘’ concludes van Rhyn.
You can now purchase Stories of Impact by visiting https://krlibrary.co.za/product/partners-for-possibility-2010-2020-stories-of-impact/ or email [email protected] to request a copy. An electronic (Kindle) edition is also available on Amazon.