QEF brings 12 schools in one rural town together for CPD training Komani, 18 August 2019; A 200-strong group of school leaders and teachers from 12 public and private schools of Komani (formerly known as Queenstown)gathered this week to invest in their Continuing Professional Development (CPD).
The gathering was arranged by the Queenstown Education Foundation NPC (QEF) and is just one indicator demonstrating how it is building a universally-recognisable centre of educational excellence in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. Each of the participating schools were invited by QEF to participate, due to their ongoing association with the Principal’s Forum.
CPD has been shown to increase teacher motivation, confidence and commitment. Learning new skills and applying them in the classroom leads to more stimulating and effective teaching environments. Bizskills came on board in early 2019 as QEF’s trusted partner in presenting innovative SACE-accredited workshops to QEF-affiliate schools, running them over three separate times of the year. These sessions run on 12 and 13 August covered the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Leadership and Influence and Communication Strategies. Five more sessions will follow later this year. The first two sessions of the year were run in March.
Four private schools participated, as well as nine public fee-paying schools of the ECDOE – Eastern Cape Department Of Education. These included Queen’s College Boys’ High School, Queen’s College Boys’ Primary School, Queenstown Girls’ High School, Balmoral Girls’ Primary School, Get Ahead College, Get Ahead Project, Get Ahead Project Whittlesea, Laerskool Hangklip, Hoërskool Hangklip High School , Southbourne Primary School, Queenstown , Stepping Stone Junior School and Hexagon High School.
Queen’s College Boys’ Primary School hosted the large group of teachers in its spacious hall, well-known for its architectural beauty. Another QEF-affiliated school will take a turn to host the next series.