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Planning for success and shifting agency: The 2023 Gauteng Story
One year on and the Edufundi Support Team were back in the room with School Management Teams (SMTs) from Tembisa, Diepsloot and Soweto. A year after these ten schools signed up to the Edufundi Support Programme, they came together for Edufundi lead the Lead Like A Champion (LLAC) Workshop 3.
This third installment of the LLAC workshops focused on the rationale, characteristics and the importance of effective planning in a school set-up. Edufundi’s bright and bubbly CEO, Setunguane Letsatsi, as well as Venessa Boikhutso, an official from the Johannesburg North Education District, joined us for the occasion. The start of the workshop was led by the energetic Mrs Vuyo Vinqi, Edufundi’s Programme Manager, who took the schools through the importance of meticulous planning for success.
Reflecting on success
The Gauteng team, comprising of Mentors Brighton Tshuma, Ntombozuko (Zuko) Mazosiwe, Linda Dube and Sindi Molefe, as well as Itayi Nyakudya, Gauteng’s Leadership Support Coach, supported Mrs Vinqi as she took the SMTs through the five-hour workshop.
The workshop was not a one-sided affair, as the various schools engaged in active discussions, activities and presentations on different topics.
The introduction was a reflective exercise on the impact that Edufundi programmes are making in the schools. In their reflections, School Management Teams highlighted that they have revived the practice of working as a united front in order to achieve their Visions and objectives – individuals no longer work in silos. Schools have learnt to align themselves with their Vision, Mission Statement and Values. Time management has also improved, which means schools are now spending more time on teaching, learning and effective administration. Schools also mentioned that their communication with various stakeholders is now much more improved. Low staff morale, which prevailed previously, has been replaced by staff that are motivated and willing to work towards the success of the learners that they teach.
Supporting the plan
At the end of the five-hour session, SMTs were left with the task of developing an Action Plan which would ensure that the Teach Like A Champion Techniques become valuable components of a conducive school culture that promotes effective teaching for learning. They will not run this race on their own, as the Edufundi Leadership Support Coach as well as the Mentors will always be there to guide, support and strengthen this initiative to set learners, educators and SMTs up for success.