Guest speaker is Louise van Rhyn of Partners for Possibilities (PfPSA), the flagship programme of Symphonia for South Africa, a non-profit organisation that mobilises citizens to become actively involved in addressing the education crisis in SA. Their vision is: ”Quality Education for all South African children by 2022”.
Van Rhyn’s BIG ISSUE is the education crisis in South Africa and this is embodied in the philosophy behind PFPSA: partnering business leaders and school principals in cross-sectoral partnerships. Her work brings business leaders and principals together in a partnership of peer to peer learning. In fact, most of the business leaders report that the principals had more to teach them than vice versa.
With a doctoral degree in organisational change and 25 years experience as a change practitioner with a focus on large-scale change in complex social systems, Louise applies her considerable talent to the realisation of her belief that together we can create greatness.
The Big Issue business breakfasts were initiated in response to a slowdown in the economy, which has made it increasingly difficult for the organisation to continue its work. In addition to Van Rhyn’s inspirational talk, the session will introduce the public to The Big Issue and its ethos, spreading awareness and, hopefully, identifying new opportunities.
The Big Issue believes in giving people “a hand up, not a hand out”. Most of the vendors live in townships, informal settlements and shacks, but they are active entrepreneurs who are working hard to support themselves and their families. The Big Issue focuses on moving vendors into regularly paying jobs, and has served as a successful springboard for the past 19 years.
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