OR Tambo School of Leadership is set to move a gear up in its political education offerings to ANC members and the public. The school was launched in April 2019 by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the realisation that lack of political education is amongst the greatest needs required to fulfil the ANC’s renewal agenda.
“A successful OR Tambo School of Leadership will be one which, after years of operation, can pinpoint beneficiaries who are making worthy differences to South African society and the world” said Chairperson of OR Tambo School of Leadership, Kgalema Motlanthe speaking on progress made and what more is expected. “These agents of change – who should be found in the public and private sectors as well as civil society formations upon completion of the school’s programmes – must have well-rounded worldviews that is rooted in the desire to build a better tomorrow”
With this vision in mind, he expressed gratitude to the school’s Board of Directors, Principal (i.e. David Masondo) and staff of the school for work accomplished during 2019 and voiced a sense of energised optimism about the year ahead and future. The Board of Directors of the school adopted an action plan for 2020 which details numerous activities that will be undertaken in the course of the year.
“In the main we have sought to operate as a learning organisation. Meaning as we do, we also invest in reflections about lessons learned – an approach which also informed thinking on what is achievable this year” explains the Principal of the school, David Masondo as he outlined details of the action plan.
OR Tambo School’s 2020 action plan will include: –
- Deliver three of thirteen modules to ANC’s National Executive Committee and public representatives as well as eligible members of the public – these are designed to enable accreditation and will each require a 60% pass for completion
- Rollout of Mass Political Education programme (ANC branch and regional levels focused programme that entails rollout of induction courses, conducting study circles, supporting drafting of programmes, run political education sessions and support for registration and completion of online modules)
- A youth targeted capacitation offering named Harry Gwala Youth Political Schools in all respective provinces. (This is in light of the centenary of Harry Gwala and his numerous educational writings)
- Produce Umrabulo Journal (quarterly) and convene Umrabulo Dialogues (bimonthly) on various educational and topical subjects
“We are also finalising a collaborative relationship with the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation aimed at furthering both our aims” further added David Masondo.” This year’s focus is intended to include hosting of a school going children’s event termed Passing the Baton Youth Conference, convene a joint Umrabulo Dialogue and hosting a golf day fundraiser”.
The partnership is aligned to OR Tambo School of Leadership’s approach to forge collaborations that can further its aims. To this extend, during 2019 a memorandum of understanding was entered into with the University of Johannesburg.
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