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The Edufundi Lead Like A Champion (LLAC) workshops continue to attract enthusiastic participation from schools as they enter the final year of in-school and workshop support. The recent penultimate Lead Like a Champion 5 Workshop on Performance Management, in Eastern Cape, emphasized aligning values with school and individual purposes for school leaders (SMT) and focused on supervision and feedback. This workshop serves as a starting point for in-school coaching, followed by one-on-one coaching, action plan development workshops, and Peer Support Group sessions.
The Dolphins Conference Centre in Homewood was lively as SMT members, Subject Education Specialists (SESs) from the Department of Education, and the Edufundi Team, led by our energetic and supportive CEO, gathered for another engaging LLAC Workshop. Schools reflected on their journey and the support they have provided so far, particularly in Planning for Success and Curriculum Management. SMT members expressed that they are now able to plan activities such as monitoring and class visits, and they reflect on their leadership and management practices. They have also been able to develop clear plans for the year ahead and term plans to help prioritise their work.
It is motivating and humbling to see SMT members attending our workshops in large numbers on Saturdays, showing their commitment and engagement with the content. They actively participate in activities and ask relevant questions that will support their action plans when implementing the content in their schools with the coach's support. This commitment demonstrates the value they see in the practical, realistic, and relevant strategies and processes provided by Edufundi for their roles as school leaders.
The co-facilitation by Mrs. V. Vinqi (Programme Manager) and Sim (Leadership Support Coach) added a dynamic dimension to the presentation, keeping the audience intrigued. Mrs. V. praised the energy and commitment of the SMT in EC, while Stu (CEO) noted that the workshop's presentation, when unpacked by Vuyo and Sim, becomes new and meaningful.
The presence of the Department of Education (DoE) at the workshops demonstrates the collaborative effort to support schools. The five Subject Education Specialists (SESs) were impressed with the workshop content and presentation. They expressed their gratitude by being invited as SESs to the workshop. As the work closely with schools, this workshop increases their understanding and ways in which they can support the schools more effectively.
Mr. Sokutu (SES) inquired about the meaning of PEER SUPPORT GROUP (PSG), which Mr. Khoza, the HOD of Emafini, explained with diligence. This shows how embedded into the culture of the school Lead Like a Champion methods like PSG are and that schools are able to articulate this without Edufundi.
The journey is exciting, and there is "vigour and eagerness and great anticipation of success" as they enter the final year.