A select few learners from St Annes Primary School in Attridgeville learnt that leaders become great leaders not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others.
These are the words of John Maxwell, which are echoed in the Mount Riviere Stables. Mount Riviere Stables offers a unique program with that uses horses to facilitate leadership development in a holistic, stimulating outdoor environment. The program is based on an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (E.A.P) and natural horsemanship basis, which enhances leadership skills, development of effective communication skills such as assertiveness, diplomacy and flexibility.
Through partnerships with Bestmed, Partners for Possibility and the Horseman Leadership Program, these selected students from St Annes Primary School were able to benefit from this program. This was the first stage of the Bestmed and Partners for Possibility relationship in engaging with communities at this level. However this was only the beginning of an integral strategy which has been planned for St Annes Primary School.
"This partnership has enabled us not only to make a difference in people’s lives but to shape individuals to be better leaders. We look forward to the entire program rolling out and witnessing the change in people’s lives.”
Partners for Possibilities is a creative solution to South Africa’ education crisis – it is a co-action, co-learning partnership between school principals and business leaders, enabling social cohesion through partnerships, and empowering principals to become change leaders in their schools and communities. The Partners for Possibility Programme facilitates cross-sectoral reciprocal partnerships between business, government and the social sector.
Various tasks and exercises were performed through team work, and activities designed for greater self-awareness and self-expression in a non-threatening and secured environment. Chris Luyt, Executive Head: Marketing, Communications and Sales at Bestmed said, “This partnership has enabled us not only to make a difference in people’s lives but to shape individuals to be better leaders. We look forward to the entire program rolling out and witnessing the change in people’s lives.”