Leadership is an integral part of our Whole School Development model that takes place soon after a school is onboarded onto our adoption programme.
Adopt-a-School Foundation conducted a Leadership Advancement Training programme for three schools; Diepsloot West Secondary School and Diepsloot Secondary School, situated in the township of Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg funded by AngloGold Ashanti, and Sibusisiwe Secondary School in the rural community of Matsulu, Mpumalanga funded by Nafasi Water Technologies. The training programme capacitated a total of 94 school personnel from the three schools.
The first phase of the Leadership Advancement programme is rolled out over three days and is aimed to equip the educators with the necessary knowledge and skills to lead effectively in their own spaces: be at school, home or community. The emphasis is on self-leadership, and development along this path requires patience and practice. The programme started with self-assessment and progressed to look at different perspectives on management and leadership before concluding with a practical portfolio of evidence (POE) on applying learned principles in the workplace.
The three-day workshop objectives were to enable the educators to:
- Analyse the leadership qualities that are essential for leading in their domain of work
- Distinguish between management skills and leadership competencies and explore various past and recent leadership theories.
- Describe the leader’s role in creating a productive schoolwork environment, including shaping culture and building trust among team members.
- Describe the manager’s responsibility in promoting ethical principles and professional conduct in a team and creating sustainability within the school.