Bertha Centre: Leading Innovative Partnerships in Extended Education Course


Date: 15/02/2017 - 22/02/2017
Time: All Day

Event Info

We at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship are committed to connecting committed individuals and organisations within the educational ecosystem in order to advance the positive impact on a learner’s holistic development. A critical mechanism to enable positive change is the building of strong networks of support through innovation and collaboration around the holistic education of the learner across the extended school day.

In light of this we have partnered with Dr Allistair Witten, founding director of the Centre for the Community School at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, and the Western Cape Government’s After School Game Changer Initiative, to run a course aimed at developing high-quality innovative and collaborative relationships between key stakeholders within the educational ecosystem to build a coherent system of holistic learning and teaching support across the extended school day. The South African educational sector is characterised by a wide range of organisations carrying out important and impactful work during and after school hours. Unfortunately their contributions, though important and necessary, often sit on the periphery of the school’s activities and are not aligned with schools’ core operational plans or that of the educational district. In order to improve the quality and impact of educational programmes, it is imperative that high-quality innovative and collaborative relationships between schools, organisations, communities and government are built and sustained.

By the end of the course participants will have formed a deep and context relevant understanding of:

  • Systems thinking
  • The key elements of systemic change at schools with specific emphasis on collaboration
  • The key elements of systemic change at schools with specific emphasis on innovation.
  • The role of the non-profit sector in the School-based Complementary Learning Framework.
  • Asset-based approaches to school and community development.
  • Leadership in schools – leading in complex environments.
  • Project management (including monitoring)

The course has been designed for NGOs already working, or intending to work, with schools across the extended school day (during and after existing school hours), government officials (district and circuit level) and school principals accompanied by one entry-level teacher from the same school.

Course details:
The course will run across four consecutive Saturdays in March 2017
(4th, 11th, 18th and 25th)
Cost: R2000 pp: includes resources, lunch and teas.
Limited scholarships for schools available. Please contact 

Venue: The University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (4th & 18th)
UCT GSB MTN Solution Space Philippi Village (11th & 25th)

Application deadline: Tuesday 21st February 2017
For further information and to apply click here.


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