PfP launches second book

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In celebration of this release, 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.

Marketing and Communication Manager, Dorcas Dube, said:

‘’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 contribute to making a compelling case for PfP as a high-impact investment and encourage more people to become involved in our programme.’’

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 ailing 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 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 make the case for PfP – we wanted to 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.’’

She added: ‘’It was heart-warming to hear from principals who have been promoted to more senior roles and are convinced that their careers would have been very different if it weren’t for PfP. We heard from principals who benefitted from PfP even though the partnerships with their business partners did not work as planned. We heard from business leaders for whom PfP was a transformational development experience and those who have heeded the call to “khumbul’ekhaya” (return home). We heard stories from individual learners whose lives have been changed.’’

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. ‘’