The PMDP programme has recently commenced in the Bohlabela District of Mpumalanga. The programme is focusing on 80 schools from the Lehukwe, Marite, Maviljan and Sabie circuits. The principals as well as 140 HOD’s from the schools are attending.
The programme commenced with Induction Sessions for the Principal’s and HOD’s on the 25 and 26 July respectively. The Circuit Managers were also in attendance. These sessions were conducted at the Mapulaneng College in Bushbuckridge.
At the Induction Sessions the delegates were introduced to the project management team from PWC and PSA (Henry Prinsloo – PWC; Letetia de Beer – PWC; and Rob Wilson – PSA). They were also introduced to their facilitators/coaches, namely: Bronwyn Nortje, Sarah Ndlovu, Jeroboam Manzini and Phinah Ncube. The project team members from the department are Andries Tshehla (MDE: Coordinator and Dan Mashiloane (SES:EMD).
In addition to being introduced to the Project Team the delegates were also provided with a detailed overview of the programme and completed relevant administrative tasks. Each group then met with their respective facilitators/coaches to complete preparatory activities.
The next step in the process was the conducting of Baseline Assessments at each school. The purpose of the “Baseline Assessment” is to obtain information of all participating schools and to get an understanding of what systems, infrastructure etc are in place. Approximately 12 months after the conclusion of the PMDP programme the same baseline assessment will be conducted to determine what improvements have taken place. The baseline assessments commenced on the 12 August and should be concluded by the 21 August. The following are a selection of photographs taken during the baseline assessment process.
The principals from Lehukwe and Marite Circuits will attend the Direction & Planning Module on 23 August, with the principals from Maviljan and Sabie attending on 30 August. Coaching will take place in the schools associated with first module concluding just before the September school holidays. After the school holidays the Principals and HOD’s will undergo modules on Curriculum Management concluding for the year around the 13 November. The other four Modules for the principals and one Module for the HOD’s will re-commence towards the end of January 2014.
The delegates and the project team are all looking forward with expectation and excitement to the results and impact of the programme. The programme is scheduled to conclude with a graduation ceremony in September 2014. The delegates who successfully complete the programme will receive certificates from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal.