Jane Tsharane, principal from Sefako Mapogo Makgatho primary school in Saulsville, PRETORIA traveled to Ntuzuma in DURBAN to connect with her counterpart, Mr Themba Sokhabase, at Siphosethu Primary School.

They are leading their schools in preparation for two key milestones: They will be presenting at the Wisehub Summit 2018 in Bloemfontein at the Central University of Technology and they will also contribute during the Education Stockholm Innovate for Wisehubbers end of January 2019.

Key areas of their presentation are concerned with how they collaborate to use technology for efficiency, how project-based learning adds to student performance through the PhotoBook project and how principals and teachers impact each others’ leadership and pedagogical competence.

Ms Tsharane and Mr Sokhabase spent valuable time in dialogue about their own stories, who their mentors are, what they have learnt through making tough decisions and how they embrace innovative technologies. They also reiterated the need to stay courageous despite the difficulties of over-sized classes and listed space.

The two schools are now officially on course for a continued meaningful partnership which will be reciprocated by a visit to Pretoria in July this year.

They value the importance of engaging young people to serve as support to schools is also a top priority for this collaboration. Ms Tsharane brought her Tech Assistance, the young Tebogo Sibiya, with her from Pretoria and, connecting with Siphosethu Primary’s Bhekani Hlubi now enables even sharing of good practices between the young people.

Mr Sibiya and Mr Hlubi are supported by Learning Academy Worldwide’s Youth Character Development program and the two schools are recipients of their service and growing expertise.