Managing Finance and External Relations in South African Schools

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The central purpose of this book is to consider the concepts and principles of the important areas of educational leadership signalled by Nelson Mandela. The aim is to develop improved understanding and practice of the management of external relations and resources in schools. The text is on theory and research and uses South African case examples and activities to encourage reflection and personal development. It is aimed particularly, but not exclusively, at those who lead and manage in schools or support them in a professional role. The authors are experts in the field of educational leadership and management.



The Context for Managing External Relations in South Africa

The pace of change, and the need to be more adaptable and responsive to local circumstances, requires that managers develop new skills and styles of working. They must be capable of providing leadership…and be able to interact with communities and stakeholders both inside and outside the system. (Department of Education, 1996, p 14) We strongly advocate initiatives to establish partnerships between schools, education departments and other locally-based sources of support and expertise. In our work, we have assembled a weight of evidence which demonstrates that such partnerships can be valuable and effective. (Ibid, p 32)


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