GWF CEO Reflections: Why We Are Grateful For 2015

At Good Work Foundation’s recent year-end celebration, GWF CEO, Kate Groch, shared some words on our 2015 “journey” together. We are proud to share those words below, and we hope you’ll enjoy the photos from our celebration of a team of “wayfinders” who find joy in their work everyday:

Some of you might not know, but next year January we will be celebrating ten years of Good Work Foundation’s (GWF) birth. This was a mission that started with creating a preschool for a community and learners where there was none, creating access to world class education.

I remember last year I was amazed at how many members of the GWF family sat at this Christmas table and never dreamed there would be so many more of us and only just one year later, but here we are.

I feel lucky and I am so very grateful to celebrate this year’s challenges, successes and journey with you all.

There are so many things to celebrate and highlight: a campus of the future emerging in Shabalala, one in the Free State and a new one being built. #HDLC #PDLC #JDLC – the future is digital. Young rural South Africans are stepping up and training and mentoring other young rural South Africans, challenging how things have been done in the past and creating a new normal. We are living our mission of challenging How and What we Learn and the most important one: Who has access.

While our country’s university students were crying to be heard, we already show who has access: anyone who chooses to learn. No matter where you are from and no matter who you are, your circumstances do not define your future!

A young staff of dedicated educators is continuously learning and empowering others, they show up every day and grow every day. To watch all these young stars discover what they are meant to do on the planet, to watch them step into their life work and potential makes me a super proud CEO and CEO “Mom”.

It’s about young people discovering themselves in the Bridging Academy and entering further studies and the world of work. An ICT Academy that wins international awards, with facilitators that obtain 100% for their continued studies, an International Computer Driving License (ICDL) department that makes us one of the best campuses in the country, thousands of exams written and passed, a Hospitality Academy that results in us being served by graduates in a number of restaurants and shops in Hazyview and beyond, an Open Learning Academy that grows daily, and thousands of young learners accessing REAL learning for the first time.

GWF is super proud of learners and staff members who have gone to the Kruger Park for the first time in 2015, school learners who are about to graduate with an ICDL qualification before they leave school, successes in English Olympiads, children who have mastered the digital world and explore it daily.

GWF has formed new partnerships and friendships around the globe, connections with leading companies and universities and connections with government and private sector- both national and international.

We are proud of the staff who can code, staff who can be master of ceremonies, staff who travel to other countries and share our story with the world, staff who write for newspapers, have their own blogs, and write poetry, staff who welcome GWF friends from all all four corners of the globe.

GWF team, the possibilities are infinite and I can’t wait to explore them with you all. That we start each day together under our #DigitalTree, that we meditate and go quiet together. That we sing together, that we celebrate each other and our successes together. That we cry together, that we support each other, and that we hear each other and that we truly see each other and we teach each other and are open to learn from each other. This is what makes this team unique.

I am so very proud of you all, so grateful for you all and love you all. I love serving our children and young adults, community, country and world with you all EVERDAY. I am your #DigitalCEO, #TravelingCEO, #HappyCEO, #ProudCEO, #CEOmom, and most importantly your #HurricaneKate.

End of year party at Hippo hallows

The PDLC team and the CEO snapped during the end of year function!

"GWF team, the possibilities are infinite and I can’t wait to explore them with you all," said GWF CEO Kate Groch.

“GWF team, the possibilities are infinite and I can’t wait to explore them with you all,” said GWF CEO Kate Groch.

The Hazyview team that grew from 6 staff members to 50 in three years!

The Hazyview team that grew from 6 staff members to 50 in three years!

There are so many things to celebrate and highlight from 2015. It is very heart-warming to see the staff end the year in as high note as they started it.

There are so many things to celebrate and highlight from 2015. It is very heart-warming to see the staff end the year in as high note as they started it.

Teaman Manzini says he looks forward to 2016, Teaman is planning to start his own coffee shop business next year.

Teaman Manzini says he looks forward to 2016, Teaman is planning to start his own coffee shop business next year.

#EducationRevolutionists. That is who we are at GWF!

#EducationRevolutionists. That is who we are at GWF!

Glenrose Mashego, Marcia Punguliwe and Thembi Ngwena said they enjoyed the diverse menu at the party. "I could have eaten the whole day if I could, it was delicious," said Thembi.

Glenrose Mashego, Marcia Pungulimwe and Thembi Ngwenya said they enjoyed the diverse menu at the party. “I could have eaten the whole day if I could, it was delicious,” said Thembi.

GWF wishes all our friends and partners from South Africa throughout the whole world a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

GWF wishes all our friends and partners from South Africa throughout the whole world a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

Kate Groch poses for a picture with GWF's #BirthdayFairies,#Events #AllFunThings team, Amukelani Nzobe and Delisiwe Mkhwanazi.

Kate Groch poses for a picture with GWF’s #BirthdayFairies,#Events #AllFunThings team, Amukelani Nzobe and Delisiwe Mkhwanazi.

Written by GWF CEO Kate Groch.

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