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Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education Course

Introduction to Course

This is a new course co-designed and presented by the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Dr Allistair Witten, founding director of the Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, in partnership with the Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer Initiative.

The Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education will run over four consecutive Saturdays in March 2017 for committed individuals working in the educational space.

The course has been designed for NGOs working with schools across the extended school day (during and after existing school hours), government officials (district and circuit level) and school principals accompanied by one entry-level teacher from the same school.  The opportunity for the creation of strong networks of support, through innovation and collaboration, will be focused on the holistic education of the learner across the extended school day.


A critical mechanism to enable positive change is the building of strong networks of support around the education of children and young people. These networks comprise a range of actors across the public, private and civil society sectors joined in common purpose to enhance the quality and equity of schooling in South Africa

– Dr Allistair Witten, Course Convenor


Over the long-term, the knowledge and skills gained by participants in the training course will enable educational practitioners to build a coherent system of support through key change mechanisms, including building collaborative competencies, and enabling school and community innovation that enhances schooling outcomes. In essence, schools will be assisted to effectively understand, embrace and incorporate the vital contribution that organisations make in building networks of support around learners and schools, and therefore in improving the quality of, and equity in, education in South Africa.

The course design is uniquely participant-centered and offers beneficiaries the opportunity to learn and engage with other stakeholders in the educational sector in an innovative and open environment. By the end of the course participants will have formed a deep and context relevant understanding of:

  • Systems thinking
  • The key elements of systemic change at schools with specific emphasis on collaboration
  • The key elements of systemic change at schools with specific emphasis on innovation.
  • The role of the non-profit sector in the School-based Complementary Learning Framework.
  • Asset-based approaches to school and community development.
  • Leadership in schools – leading in complex environments.
  • Project management (including monitoring)

The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship co-created this course with Dr Allistair Witten, founding director of the Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The Centre is an entity within the Faculty of Education that aims to promote, strengthen and support the work of community schools in the Eastern Cape. Dr Witten subscribes to the principles of “Asset-Based Community Development” and focuses his work around the contexts of schools and the communities they serve. Further partners include the Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer Initiative. The initiative aims to increase Western Cape learners’ regular and sustained participation in after-school activities which contributes towards positive youth development and improves school outcomes.

Is this course for me?

If you are committed to developing innovative ways to create meaningful and sustainable change in the lives of learners, and value the power of collaboration and partnerships based on mutual accountability then this is the course for you. If you are already involved in partnerships, you’ll be equipped with the tools to manage those partnerships in mutually beneficial and sustainable ways. This course is suitable for public, private and civil society actors who are committed to enhancing the quality and equity of school in South Africa.

Course information

This interactive four-week course offers a rich learning experience that blends theory and practice with a focus on the latter.

  • Week 1: Saturday 4 March:  Role of the individual in the journey/process of change
  • Week 2: Saturday 11 March:  The individual as part of an organisation in a system
  • Week 3: Saturday 18 March:  Building reciprocal partnerships
  • Week 4: Saturday 25 March:  Making your project happen.

For more information, please contact the course team via email on educationinnovation@gsb.uct.ac.za

Course Convenors:

Ms Louise Albertyn & Dr Allistair Witten


Dates:

The course takes place on four consecutive Saturdays from 4 - 25 March 2017 from 08:30 - 15:30.  Please apply by the 15th of February 2017.

4 March at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business
11 March at MTN Solution Space Philippi Village
18 March at University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business
25 March at the MTN Solution Space Philippi Village

Tuition fee:
R2000 pp includes resources, tea, and lunch.

Application Deadline:
21 February 2017

Course Certificates will be granted upon completion of the course.