Become a Partner for Possibility

Passionate about education and leadership development, and would like to share your knowledge and experience of organisational change and management with a school principal?

We give business leaders an opportunity to hone their leadership skills through a year-long, hands-on experience in a set up vastly different from their own day-to-day working lives: a school environment fraught with complexity and unique challenges.

Through participation on the PfP programme, you will have the opportunity, among other things, to improve your ability to engage people in a change process, work across traditional boundaries and influence others in situations where you have no direct control.

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A time commitment of 150 hours over one year

At least 5 years’ experience in leadership and/or organisational development (preferably senior to executive managers)

Must be 35 years or older (younger candidates may be considered)

Not in the process of changing jobs or department

Not engaged in postgraduate studies for the year that they partnered with a principal

A time commitment of 150 hours over one year



 Financial Year Full sponsorship Half sponsorship
2020/21 (1 March 2020 to 28 Feb 2021) R 122,000 R 56,000
2021/22 (1 March 2021 to 28 February 2022) R 128,000 R 59,000

There are two options:

Fully self-funded partnership

You/your company will support the costs associated with training books, workshops, coaching and participation in Community of Practice* sessions for you and your principal. The benefit of this option is that your partnership will be launched immediately.

*Six-weekly meetings attended by a group of business leaders and school principals

Half supported partnership

You/your company will support the costs associated with training books, workshops, coaching and participation in Community of Practice sessions for you only. PfP will need to find a sponsorship for the school principal.

Once an application form has been completed, a member of the Stakeholder Engagement Team will be in touch with you within 3 working days.

If your application is approved, you will be contacted by the Learning Process Facilitator (LPF)* of the Leadership Circle* you could join. The LPF will arrange a conversation with you to discuss the requirements of the programme, and will answer any questions you might have. You will then receive your programme calendar, books and other important information.

*The accredited coach who will facilitate and guide your partnership through the 12-month PfP programme

*A learning incubator comprising 8 to 10 business leader-school principal partnerships

  • Participating business leaders have an opportunity to develop qualities of conscious, socially aware leadership, to learn how to lead in high constraint, low resource environments, and to experience and master the ability to lead through influence, rather than authority

  • PfP encourages a culture of active citizenship among employees, and an appreciation of the role of business in education

  • Through PfP, employees derive a sense of purpose by engaging in legacy-building work


  • Sponsorship of the programme counts as Socio-Economic Development (SED) spending because more than 75% of our beneficiaries are black. Additionally, contributions are Section 18A tax-deductible


  • PfP allows organisations to integrate leadership development with social purpose and impact, and to align their CSI/ L&D/ Volunteerism and Transformation agendas with the National Development Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals


  • Participation provides organisations with the opportunity to promote themselves as good corporate citizens

Please send an email to with any questions, and one of our Stakeholder Engagement Team members will be in touch with you.

Still have more questions?

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Ready to reach your leadership potential, while using your business skills to improve education in South Africa?