Stories From SAESC: Phadiela Cooper

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The South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition is a Community of Practice that is run by BRIDGE and is made up of school leaders and teachers from a group of 22 schools around South Africa that define themselves as ‘impact schools’. Impact schools are high-quality, achievement-orientated schools that provide disadvantaged learners across South Africa with affordable access (low fee or non-fee) to high-quality learning that prepares them for success in higher education and the world of work.

One such school leader is Phadiela Cooper, a long-time member of the Coalition and a principal at the Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT). In this write-up, Phadiela speaks to BRIDGE about how the Coalition has contributed towards a positive impact in her school.

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Watch This Space: Sekhukhune Speaks

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BRIDGE, in partnership with JET and CIE, is currently working on a project that hopes to effect real and long lasting positive change in the education outcomes of 10 public schools in Sekhukhune, Limpopo. The primary purpose of the Anglo American Rural Schools’ Project is to implement a three year school strengthening intervention that addresses the following key issues:

  • Strategic and leadership development for principals
  • Governance and administration
  • Psychosocial support
  • Teacher development
  • Engagement with stakeholders

BRIDGE has been tasked to work in the area of leadership development and is currently engaging with 10 principals from Sekhukhune to encourage the sharing of working practice, the maximisation of resources, the reduction of duplication and the development of common purpose and peer support amongst the project’s participants.

Over the next few months, BRIDGE will publish various stories as they emerge from the project in a series titled “Sekhukhune Speaks”. The first of these stories, which will detail a Sekhukhune principal’s inspirational experience, is due for publication this June so be sure to watch this space!

Meet the Moshal Scholars: Thabile Ngcobo

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Established in 2009 by Martin Moshal, the Moshal Scholarship Program currently provides scholarships to over 700 Moshal Scholars in Israel, South Africa and the Ukraine to enable determined young people from challenging backgrounds to attend the top universities in their home countries.

Over the next few weeks, BRIDGE will be profiling a handful of Moshal Scholarship recipients who are also impact school almuni. Impact schools are high-quality, achievement-orientated schools that provide disadvantaged learners across South Africa with affordable access (low fee or non-fee) to high-quality learning that prepares them for success in higher education and the world of work.

First up is Thabile Ngcobo. Read ahead to learn about the young scholar’s experience winning the scholarship, her formative years spent at Inanda Seminary and her future aspirations.

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