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Graduate principals take leadership and transformation to their respective schools

Graduate principals take leadership and transformation to their respective schools

Fifteen new school principals graduated from the Old Mutual-sponsored Principals Academy conducted by the African Leadership Institute, under the guidance of mentor and trainer, Dawie Fourie, a former Chief Executive of audit and business advisory firm, PriceWaterhouse Coopers.

The graduation ceremony was held on 15 October 2017 at Rock Lodge near Okahandja where the Leadership Institute is based.

The African Leadership Institute is a non-profit organisation conducting various academic and non-academic training programmes since its inception in 2005, with the endorsement of the Ministry of Education Arts and Culture.

Given the transformational impact that this programme continues to make, Old Mutual said this week it will continue to supporting the Principals Academy with an amount of N$300,000 for the 2018/19 financial year. The life insurer started supporting the academy in 2007.

Over the past 10 years, the Old Mutual Foundation has invested N$3 million in the academy. During the same period, more than 200 school principals have benefitted from the transformation leadership training programme.

“Old Mutual is pleased with the positive impact that resulted from this investment as witnessed through the many success stories shared by graduates over the years,” said Old Mutual’s Executive: Marketing, Transformation and Customer Strategy, Ndangi Katoma, at the Principals Academy graduation.

Citing Old Mutual’s continued support of the Annual Education Excellence Awards, Katoma encouraged the new transformational leaders to inspire others to follow a vision, create opportunities for people to show their flair and to take responsibility and implement new ideas.

“As educators and leaders in education, your role has evolved and perhaps more so now than ever before. I therefore thank the African Leadership Institute, for partnering to bring about this transformation leadership training and providing the necessary tools for leaders who wish to be part of transforming not only our teachers, students and schools, but the Namibian nation at large, through what you do”, he said.

“We believe that this investment in the transformational leadership capacity of Principals and Educators, forms the basis of a sound and functioning school system that can not be left to the government alone to produce quality results. For Old Mutual, our partnership in this initiative and investment in education, is part of doing great things as a responsible business,” he concluded.

Pictured are Mauriza Fredericks (front third from left) Manager: Communication and Transformation, Old Mutual, Ndangi Katoma (front centre) Executive: Marketing, Transformation and Customer Strategy, and Dawie Fourie (second from right), the Chief Executive and founder of the African Leadership Institute with the fifteen graduates of the Old Mutual Principals’ Academy for 2017.



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Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and she believes education is the greatest equalizer. She received her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in June 2021. . She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.