Partners for Possibility – a face of reconciliation

Every day, across the length and breadth of South Africa, ordinary citizens are actively engaging in activities that dismantle the negative effects of a divided past. They are all the face of reconciliation, writes Stanley Henkeman.

… it might be appropriate to counter the levels of skepticism and cynicism that accompany the symbolic celebrations that are often devoid of depth and believability.

I want to suggest that reconciliation is advanced and practiced by ordinary South Africans on a daily basis.


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In 2018 an organisation called Partners for Possibility (PfP) was recognised by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) for innovative solutions to education. This award came on the back of more than 20 other national and international awards.  Partners for Possibility (PfP) is described as “a creative solution to South Africa’ education crisis – it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between school principals and business leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities”.

Through its interventions PfP reached more than 1 600 principals and business leaders and improved education for more than 600 000 learners. PfP was the brainchild of Dr Louise van Rhyn who wanted to contribute to better educational outcomes, particularly for schools in marginalised communities. She started out by partnering with Ridwaan Samsodien, principal of Kannemeyer Primary School in Grassy Park, Cape Town and thus began an amazing story of transformation that has so far benefitted more than 800 schools across South Africa.


Reconciliation Day is intended to bring South Africans together with a view of healing the damage done by apartheid. Every year it is commemorated as an official event and every year the event serves as nothing more than a political rally for the ruling party, thus defeating the very objective of the day…

For the full article please visit – News24

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