Excellent Education

Project leaders, Phil and Rachel Bowyer are meeting regularly with Municipality officials to explore the possibility of establishing inclusive and equitable quality education in Durban’s Inner City. One of the action points has been to write and submit a proposal outlining the requirements of a school in line with the Department of Education Guidelines, Norms and Standards.  As well as requirements for classrooms, location, outside space, parking, and so on, the proposal emphasizes the syner...
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‘Glocal’ Education Champions

Establishing the kind of school that Soul Action has been describing, since it launched its inclusive and equitable quality education campaign a year ago, is a sizable task. As the leadership have thought and prayed about raising resources to the value of £4 million GBP – to establish Early Childhood Development and Primary School facilities over the next 10 years – they have felt led to revisit what made Soul Action what it is today and explore in what ways these 'past positives' and 'present s...
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Deeper Connections

It is 2 years since we decided to intentionally gather leaders one month, and meet them one on one the next. As a staff team, it has been a privilege to see new depths of intimacy and change emerge, especially via one on one’s. Our next task, we feel, is to find ways to facilitate deeper relationships between leaders themselves. We made a start at our most recent gathering, by exploring three aspects of the Trinity as a potential model for relationships. A Trinitarian relationship = Godly DIR...
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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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