Edufundi believes in sustainability, not dependency. It is important, therefore, that the schools we support take ownership of the Programme for themselves. Once a school has graduated from the Programme, then the School Management Team – as instructional leaders – must be able to continue providing quality professional development and support.
The Edufundi Lead Like a Champion Programme, introduced in 2018, aims to equip school leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools required to perform this function effectively, and they are also mentored and supported as they grow in this role. Those who have begun this part of the journey are positive about the end goal.
“I have been teaching for more than 27 years, but since I got involved with Edufundi I have begun a new journey of learning which has actually enhanced my leadership. I am confident now as to how to teach and assist educators as a mentor. I know how to help and support when they have challenges,” says Mrs G. Lehlokwa, Principal of Lion Park Primary in Gauteng.
“I try to be a role model; as I move around the school I can see and advise. For me it is exciting to know that I have learned so much – things I never knew existed. I am more confident in terms of my leadership because I know my teachers are able to plan, prepare and present lessons in a way that truly benefits and motivates learners. As I walk through the school I walk tall, knowing I have this knowledge to impart and I can be a role model for my teachers.”
This journey of mentoring becomes an exciting voyage of discovery and, while the investment is substantial and the challenges great, the ultimate rewards are of infinite value. Edufundi is extremely proud of all the educators who are participating in this journey and we are excited about the destination ahead.