The Science Of ...

Individually we are one drop, together we're an ocean. Let's fix education!

Cooperation is defined as the action or process of working together to the same end.

Cooperation is, in some ways, the opposite of working in competition for selfish benefit.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia, for his weekly "The Science Of" feature.

Symphonia is a group of organisations committed to sustainable transformation in people, teams, companies, organisations and communities throughout the world.

The name Symphonia was inspired by a story from the book "The Art of Possibility" by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander.

“Symphonia” means the sounding together of voices.

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More than 80% of teachers have never been to a workplace other than a school.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

Our education system will not be fixed by people who are in education.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

We in business have abdicated responsibility for education.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

Large firms know how to deal with underperforming branches.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

We can fix education in South African within 10 years if we work together.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

The 5000 schools that work are functioning organisations. The other 20 000 are not.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

The majority of principals in South Africa are very passionate and committed. But we have failed them. They are employed in roles that they don’t have the skills for.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

Every school that does well have a good principle and an engaged community.

Dr. Louise van Rhyn, CEO and founder of Symphonia

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