Implementation of KILT’s initiatives is backed by the principals, assisted by volunteers and supported by donor funding.
GIBS leadership development programme
Launched in 2018, the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) leadership and management programme was highly valued by principals.
Delegates rated the course as excellent in terms of value, interest, relevance and enjoyment. Most said the course helped them interrogate themselves, identify their strengths and areas for improvement, and become more future-minded.
GIBS lecturers held training blocks during the school holidays, supported by volunteer coaches from the Knysna community. The interactive training enhanced skills, clarified roles, created self-awareness and fostered strong relationships among the heads of Knysna schools.
At the 2018 graduation ceremony, Fraaisig Primary School Principal Constance Stuurman, quoting the Book of Proverbs, said: “‘As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another’. We’ve developed our confidence and belief in ourselves. It’s a godsend to have the backing of KILT and the people of Knysna.”
The 2019 programme reinforces the theoretical foundations already in place, and continues with greater emphasis on on-the-job application. It also aims to strengthen the community of peers in which delegates are able to develop professionally.
“A very powerful course. The GIBS programme is interesting and diverse; it is informative and inspiring, and gives us a sense of direction. Very uplifting!” “An eye opener, empowering. Will start implementing these amazing ideas.”