Leading and Listening

Throughout May we facilitated our usual round of one on ones with 40 leaders, typically for an hour, compared to the three hours we allow for gatherings. I (Phil) also had the opportunity to read Leverage Leadership, after Rach, and was surprised by just how much resonated with my existing work with leaders.  Bambrick-Santoyo (p.22) begins by describing how much regular half hour meetings between teachers improve students’ performance. He estimates that, over the year, such meetings help ...
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Soaking in Prayer

My in-laws have a list blu-tacked to the tap end of their bath, a prayer list, which I admit I’ve read every time I’ve stayed and bathed in the last 25 years. In that time, I’ve prayed for family, their friends, ministers, people I don’t know, and – after our first visit to Durban 11 years ago – the Indlela Children’s Village. Our family first met Joan and Tich Smith – founders of what would be Lungisisa Indlela Village (LIV) – on a two week mission trip in 2006.  There was no village back th...
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Rhyme and alliteration

The vision of Soul Action’s Skills Development Program in schools around Durban is to empower children to reach their full potential by learning to read, write and communicate effectively. The early childhood development years that a child is in crèche are significant in laying a firm foundation on which reading and writing skills can be built. With this in mind Soul Action is working alongside Mariannridge Community Centre (MCC) to support eight crèches in the Mariannridge area to include phon...
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The Physical space

We have started to think about the physical space of the pre-school (3 to 6 year olds). Phil and I sat down and considered what was important… A central space – a space that can be shared by staff, children and parents – an area for welcoming and departing – a space where parents can connect with staff, say goodbye to their child without feeling rushed Classrooms – flexible spaces, with for example, areas for fantasy play, group meetings, a shop, construction, a mini-studio, rest - with ...
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