Umlambo Foundation Education Leadership program has initiated a mentoring relationship between corporate members/sponsors and school principals to provide professional development that would support and enable the leadership and management capacity for school leaders across South Africa. Successful mentoring relationships have led to retention; increased productivity; enhanced career growth; augmented and improved personal and professional development for mentees in organizations.

Mr Martin Steynberg, and other CEO’s of Titan Group, joined the initiative as mentors for schools in the Western Cape. One of the schools are Khayelitsha. Manyano High School is regarded as the pilot project of the Khayelitsha Youth Plan Community Transformation Strategy.

Learners in the school predominantly are from Khayelitsha. Khayelitsha is divided into areas like Harare, Kuyasa, Site B, Site C, Endlovini, Enkanini and Khayelitsha with its subsections. Generally Khayelitsha like any black township is a poverty stricken area. The majority of the learners are coming from families operating below poverty level. Which made it a challenge for mentoring and developing in all areas.

For the mentor:

  • learning and an increased understanding of the complexities and challenges of schools and their local communities
  • Being connected and exposed to learners in schools through contact with principals
  • The opportunity to expose mentors’ organization to grass roots education work and allow for interaction between educators and corporate employees. For example by attending school programs and community activities.

For the mentee:

  • learning and acquiring skills from the mentor’s corporate experience like strategic planning; budgeting; basic management skills that can be implemented in schools in order to strengthen the principal’s leadership at the school
  • Opportunity to be coached and supported in learning about time management, giving and receiving feedback, leadership and followership.

Facilitating/ Interfacing with the:

  • Khayelitsha Youth Forum (KYP):
    A forum of all mentioned role players participating and contributing to the youth plan
  • Khayelitsha Youth Club:
    A club formed between learners of participating schools and facilitated by the Crossing Steering Team
  • School Ministry Programmes:
    General assemblies of participating schools where life skills programmes will be introduced, cultural sessions where these programmes will be implemented, Grade camps where the Crossing will interface with learners in installing values, leadership principals and life skills
  • Youth Counselling Agencies:
    Institutions such as YFC, UCSA, SCAS, YWAM interfacing with the learners by means of:

    • School Ministry:
      Practical implementation of community leaders-, youth workers-, youth pastors, mentoring parents
    • Local Government on Youth Strategies and Projects:
      Local government programmes intervention (anti- drug campaigns/ HIV aids preventions etc.) in the local schools, funding, facilities such as camping sites, training facilities etc.

The Manyano Life Skills Centre will render partnership services including:

  • Life skills training
  • Youth and Family Counselling Services
  • Life line Call Centre Facility
  • Anti drug and alcohol campaigns
  • Unwanted pregnancy prevention training
  • Community safety and security training
  • Career options
  • Job creation
  • Adult education
  • Sport development
  • Career options
  • Feeding schemes
  • Leadership/ mentorship training
  • Financial Freedom Training

“Mentoring is a term generally used to describe a relationship between a less experienced individual, called a mentee or protégé, and a more experienced individual known as a mentor. It is important to acknowledge that the term “mentor” is borrowed from the male guide, Mentor, in Greek mythology, and this historical context has informed traditional manifestations of mentoring.”

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Martin Luther King Junior: 1929-1968