To be a good leader is not to “know it all’’, but rather someone who freely accepts, and encourages involvement from his or her followers. Yet another Principals Workshop was held on the 23rd of May 2016, in Ekurhuleni South, by Star for Life Area Manager, Sicelo Mathenjwa, and Rev. Delani Mthembu, a Managing Director, of Landelahni Leadership.
Rev. Delani Mthembu, Managing Director, Landelahni Leadership
The aim of the workshop was for principals to discuss their concerns, dreams and how to improve their schools’ overall performance, and there were more concerns than dreams, but no solutions offered. There were numerous exercises structured to build ones Principles, Mind-Set, Character Ethics, as well as Motivational video clips by Franklin Covey were also watched. Rev Mthembu shared inspiring quotes including: “The problems we create will never be solved by the same mind set we created them with’’- by Albert Einstein.
SFL Johannesburg South Principals
Leadership is a scarce skill in a world where so many challenges of greed, egos, power, divisions, conflicts and mistrust exist. The day was to empower principals to lead with moral authority, honour, discipline and inspire their colleagues and learners. Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that the impact lasts in your absences.
We all have to be led by others, leadership is not about controlling and pursuing a position or exerting authority over people, it should be exercised and exerted responsibly. It is about influence, and also about self-discovery. The quote for the day was to “EMPTY YOUR CUP”, it is said that a Japanese master received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen. The master poured the professor a cup of tea and kept on pouring, the professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It’s overfull! No more will go in!
“like this cup,” said the master, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
The event was a success; to cap it all, leadership is a choice, not necessarily a position. It’s an opportunity to influence the cause of history, it needs courage and insight to discover unseen potentials. It is the ability to count the number of apples in a grain of seeds.
It was an unforgettable night at Protea Hotel on the 10th of March 2016, the Star For Life team dinning with friends from Sweden.
Ntombenhle Shobede: Memeber of the Star Choir singing for our guests
SFL is only able to make a change in the lives of African children due to the generous sponsorships from its financial partners in Sweden.
We had the Star Choir alongside Triple and Touch entertaining us with their remarkable performances. We also had a very special performance on the night by the founder of SFL, Mr Dan Olofsson, performing alongside Triple and Touch and the Star Choir.
Mr Dan Olofsson: Founder of Star For Life, performing alongside the Star Choir
The atmosphere in the room can only be described as electric.
Star For Life held a successful launch at Folweni High School yesterday, the official partnership between Star For Life, Lööf Foundation and Folweni High School.
Lööf Foundation’s desire is to help others grow and develop, it seeks to promote the care and education of children and young people, and also focus on environmental and social aid activities. Star For Life’s mission is to inspire young people to value learning and acquire the knowledge and skills they need for productive work, and live a healthy meaningful life.
Zulu traditional singing and dancing by Folweni High School Learners
The day was brimming with smiles, as everybody got treated to singing and dancing from the learners and teachers, poetry, gumboot dancing and the Zulu way of proposing to a girl (Ukzoloza). There was a performance by triple and touch before everybody joined in to dance the phatha phatha. The day ended with the raising of the Star For Life and South African flag, to conclude the partnership between the school and Star For Life.
Raising of the Star For Life and South African flag
The majority of young people leave school with only a vague knowledge of employment opportunities and with little insight as to the most appropriate career direction for their abilities, interests and personality.
Research shows that a large proportion of employees feel "stuck" in their careers. This leads to low morale, disinterest and de-motivation, translating into poor performance and bad service levels. And yet, if pointed in the correct direction, could have become assets to the South African economy.
Star For Life came up with a solution to introduce Skills Career Path workshops(SCP) in all of its Schools, to help alleviate much of this hardship and unnecessary expense. It plays an important role in reducing the high unemployment rate.
SKills program Manager: Mmiseni Dladla in a Skills Career path workshop
Grade 9 and grade 12 learners of Zuzumqhele High School were among the many Star For Life learners whose lives have been touched by this programme.
The SCP workshops assist learners with selection of the correct career paths at an early stage, in accordance to one's personality.
SFL Coach: Sthe Phiri assisting a learner
It also assists many of these learners with early applications at universities and/or further education and training colleges. It goes as far as providing registration bursaries for qualifying matriculates.
The Star For Life SCP workshop aims to build a country free from social ills such as poverty, unemployment and crime.
A bright and sunny day, buzzing with white tees and caps, filled the streets of Kwa-Mduku on friday the 23rd of October 2015, walking for a healthier lifestyle. The MHU team, headed by Scebile Nsele (MHU Manager), held a massive Healthy Lifestyle Walk, with the aim of promoting a healthier lifestyle, for the youth and community at large. As well as to encourage our youth to uphold a healthy lifestyle and raise awareness on various health matters.
Learners and Community members fill the streets of Mduku
Learners, teachers, parents, grandparents, DOT, DOH, DOE, DSD, SAPS, SANDF, Traffic department, the honorable Mayor and even the honorable Inkosi yakwaMakhasa himself joined the walk for a healthier lifestyle, and to stand against teenage pregnancy, early sexual debut, drug and substance abuse.
The event was a huge success, comprising of music, dancing, speeches and remarkable theatre pieces from the learners.
Learners in their traditional clothing, performng their Zulu traditional dance
Sihle Ngubane, from the Department of Social Development spoke about teenage pregnancy. “A child is someone who is at a young age until the age of 18. Anybody having intercourse with a child 18 and under is committing a crime, and can be arrested, because that child hasn’t matured enough to understand what he/she is doing.” Said Sihle Ngubane
Mr Maxase, speaking on behalf of the SAPS encouraged the youth to stay away from activities that might get them arrested, because, no matter how many degrees you get, it will be almost impossible to get a job.
Mr Maxase, SAPS
JD Kabati, Programmes Manager at Star For Life, thanked all the stakeholders that came on the day to show us support. He also encouraged the youth to stay away from early sexual debut, drugs and alcohol. “You are our future, nobody else will help this country besides you. We should all do our best to make sure that this country is a better place to live in.”
Star For Life in partnership with Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF), held a Stakeholders’ Meeting, aimed at Strengthening the Youth and Children’s Programme in the UMkhanyakude District. KZN 1 hosted the event, and it was massively supported by all departments within Star For Life and external stakeholders, such as the NMCF, Municipalities; Department of Education; Department of Health; Department of Social Development and the Liquor Board.
Protea Hotel, Stakeholders meeting.
Mr Mduduzi Mahlinza , Mayoral and Communications Manager at the Mtubatuba Municipality said these meetings are a great initiative, “we get to equally understand other stakeholders, cross learn and exchange information.
”Mrs Eunice Seleke, Project Officer at the NMCF had this to say: “I am happy that there is a way forward. Our main goal is to advocate for the rights of children, We cannot do it alone, so partnering with organisations such as Star For Life is great, because we can see the change.”
Mrs Eunice Selepe, Project Officer, NMCF
This was a follow up intervention meeting after the 2014 Youth Dialogue, where issues and challenges were raised by learners across the District.
As September is celebrated as the heritage month in South Africa, we have seen a number of arts and cultural events happening all over the country. Friday, the 15th of September was a show of colourful and vibrant performances by the young aspiring artists from all of Star For Life partnered schools in Durban, at the 3rd Star For Life Arts Festival held at uMlazi Cinema.
Learners performing a traditional wedding song 'umbholoho'
The festival was opened by an entertaining traditional dance by Umbelebele High School learners, this group brought the hall down so much that learners from other schools who were also performing at the festival were ululating and screaming.
The representative from the KZN Department of Arts and Culture, Dr Rage Govender said he has attended all Star For Life Arts Festivals in previous years which were held in Umkhanyakude and he is happy that Star For Life is also spreading to other KwaZulu Natal regions, such as Durban.Shumayela High School learners performing at the SFL Arts Festival 2014.
“This is an excellent platform for high school learners to showcase their talent, they perform with such energy and enthusiasm. I think this program should be replicated to all over South Africa.”
Mafumbuka, Mbelebele, Vikingozi, Vukuzakhe, Masakhaneni, Umkhumbi, Zuzumqhele and Shumayela were the eight high schools, which contributed to this festival. Each of these schools performed in the categories of drama, music, dance and visual arts. Learners used these performances to tell stories of their heritage.
The arts educator from Zuzumqhele High School, also praised Star For Life; “All learners have strengths but not all of them are gifted academically, these kinds of events are a great platform for those creative and artistic learners.” Said Mrs. Khoza.
Young and vibrant voices echoed through Hluhluwe Rugby Club on Friday the 5th of September as learners from Star For Life Partnered Primary Schools showcased their talent at the 2nd Star For Life Primary School’s Arts Festival.
Learners from all four school's on stage during the mass dance performance.
Phumlani Primary School, Macabuzela, Nompondo and Ntuthukoyamazulu are the four primary schools which contributed to this festival. Each of these four schools perfomed in the categories of drama, music, dance and visual arts. Learners used these performances to tell stories of their heritage. As the month of September is ‘Heritage Month’ in South Africa, the organizers of the event said this year’s event focused more on encouraging learners to be proud of their heritage.
Mnikelo Maphumulo from Macabuzela Primary School during their
Among this year’s performances audiences got the chance to see a play by Ntuthukoyamazulu Primary School, which aimed not only to teach traffic safety to learners who are pedestrians but also to send a message to the drivers as well; “drivers need to be mindful of school zones and always be cautious of young pedestrians crossing the roads,” said Sifundo Ndlela who was one of the main characters of the play.
The Star For Life Primary School’s Coach and one of the organizers of the event, Mr. Dumisani Ngubane described the event as a good platform for learners to showcase their talent as well as to use art to express their views and raise awareness. “This festival is growing from strength to strength, this year performances were not only entertaining but they were also very educational. All the plays performed here were written and produced by learners themselves with the help of their teachers,” said Ngubane.
The Arts and Culture subject advisor from uMkhanyakede District, Mr. F Nkosi praised the work of SFL in schools. “As the Department of Education, we are very happy to be associated with Star For Life, as they share the common goal of providing young people with an opportunities to showcase their talent.”
The Principal of Macabuzela Primary School Mr.V Nsimbi praised the hard work of the teachers, who dedicated their spare time to help learners with rehearsals. “Thank you to Star For Life for including primary schools in their programme,” said Mr. Nsimbi.
The Star For Life Primary School’s is currently partnered with four schools, with an aim to include four more schools next year.