Get Ahead hosts prin­ci­pals’ talks


Dur­ing 2018, a group of 18 prin­ci­pals from the Ko­mani district’s depart­ment of ed­u­ca­tion at­tended the Prin­ci­pals Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme hosted by Get Ahead Project.

The pro­gramme was of­fered through the Univer­sity of Cape Town Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness over four mod­ules dur­ing school hol­i­days.

The prin­ci­pals were ex­posed to the best aca­demics in the field through 124 hours of learn­ing.

This pro­gramme was made pos­si­ble through the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of the Capitec Foun­da­tion.

“Through this part­ner­ship we aim to as­sist with devel­op­ment of prin­ci­pals in Ko­mani, for the ben­e­fit of pupils,” said Capitec Foun­da­tion head Nep­tal Khoza.

On De­cem­ber 2, they cel­e­brated the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all par­ties in­volved, at a for­mal grad­u­a­tion lunch.

John Noah High School prin­ci­pal Samkelo Maka said, “I have been able to share some of the ac­tiv­i­ties with re­gard to emo­tional in­tel­li­gence with my staff, which has re­sulted in us work­ing to­gether bet­ter. I am so grate­ful for this pro­gramme as it has changed me.”

“The Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness (GSB) is proud of its part­ner­ship with Capitec Bank which has led to the first Prin­ci­pal’s Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme be­ing launched in the East­ern Cape.

The pro­gramme fo­cused on de­vel­op­ing the lead­er­ship and man­age­ment skills of prin­ci­pals from 20 schools in Ko­mani.

“It was heart-warm­ing to hear how the pro­gramme has shifted the mind­sets of the prin­ci­pals who have to work un­der im­mense pres­sure and man­age many chal­lenges at their schools,” said UCT GSB di­rec­tor of ex­ec­u­tive ed­u­ca­tion Kumesh­nee West.

“The GSB is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing the lead­ers who are de­vel­op­ing our fu­tures lead­ers.”

STILL GRAD­U­AT­ING: The prin­ci­pals at their grad­u­a­tion, pic­tured with UCT GSB di­rec­tor of ex­ec­u­tive ed­u­ca­tion Kumesh­nee West, Capitec Foun­da­tion head Nep­tal Khosa, Get Ahead Schools ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ma­ri­ette Visser, Capitec re­gional man­ager Sbu Koy­ana and UCT GSB course con­venor and se­nior lec­turer Elanca Shel­ley

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